Ryzen 9 3950X Delayed to November, 3rd Gen Threadripper Starts at 24 Cores
Those eagerly anticipating the “September” launch of AMD’s flagship Ryzen 9 3950X processor will need to wait a bit longer. Amid shortages of the already launched 3900X and rumors of production issues, AMD today delayed the 3950X to November.
The silver lining of today’s announcement, however, is that while we won’t get the entire lineup at first, the initial third-generation Threadripper processors will also make their debut in November.
We are focusing on meeting the strong demand for our 3rd generation AMD Ryzen processors in the market and now plan to launch both the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and initial members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor family in volume this November. We are confident that when enthusiasts get their hands on the world’s first 16-core mainstream desktop processor and our next-generation of high-end desktop processors, the wait will be well worth it.
Beyond recently leaked benchmarks, not much is known of the planned specifications and pricing for the next Threadripper except for an official teaser image which states the lineup will be “premiering with 24 cores.” With “mainstream” Ryzen soon to be at 16 cores and 32 threads, the question on the minds of high-end desktop enthusiasts is just how far AMD will take Threadripper, and how it will sit against EPYC in terms of price and performance.
|Cores / Threads||Base / Boost (GHz)||L3 Cache (MB)||PCIe Lanes||Price (Launch)|
|2017||1900X||8 / 16||3.8 / 4.0||16||64||$549|
|1920X||12 / 24||3.5 / 4.0||32||64||$799|
|1950X||16 / 32||3.4 / 4.0||32||64||$999|
|2018||2920X||12 / 24||3.5 / 4.3||32||64||$649|
|2950X||16 / 32||3.5 / 4.4||32||64||$899|
|2970WX||24 / 48||3.0 / 4.2||64||64||$1299|
|2990WX||32 / 64||3.0 / 4.2||64||64||$1799|
|2019||39XX?||24 / 48||? / ?||? / ?||?||?|
First-generation Threadripper launched in August 2017 with up to 16 cores and 32 threads. A year later, the second-generation models pushed those specs to a high of 32 cores and 64 threads. AMD’s top EPYC processors currently top out at 64 cores and 128 threads. Could third-generation Threadripper have a SKU to match, or will AMD instead focus on higher frequencies and features at lower thread counts? The Zen 2-based EPYC “Rome” processors in the 24+ core range have L3 cache sizes between 128MB and 256MB, and 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes.