AMD Announces Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X Processors

AMD Announces Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X Processors

AMD Launching 3rd Gen Threadripper on November 25

AMD has officially unveiled their 3rd Gen Threadripper family with this morning’s announcement of the 24-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X, coming November 25. If that date sounds a bit familiar, it should – it’s also the launch day of the Ryzen 9 3950X, which also received its formal launch today with a press release including final specs for this previously-delayed processor.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X

The new Threadripper processors are built on the Zen 2 core found in the Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs – and perhaps more to the point in this case, the 2nd Gen EPYC Server processors. In addition to new CPUs AMD has announced the new platform they will be running on, with Socket sTRX4 available on upcoming TRX40 platform motherboards.

“The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper lineup features two new processors built on industry-leading 7nm “Zen 2” core architecture, boasting up to 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 144MB cache with extraordinary power efficiency. Achieving up to 90 percent faster performance over the competition’s top-end HEDT processor, the new 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 3970X processor offers unsurpassed performance as the most powerful and fastest desktop processor in the high-end desktop market.”

AMD has posted this launch video for the 3rd Gen Threadripper processors this morning:

 

Specifications
AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen Threadripper Processors
Model Cores / Threads Base / Boost Unlocked L2 Cache L3 Cache Memory Spec TDP Price Launch Date
Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 24 / 48 3.8 Ghz / 4.5 GHz Yes 12MB 128MB DDR4 3200 (4 Channels) 280W $1399 11/25/2019
Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 32 / 64 3.7 Ghz / 4.5 GHz Yes 16MB 128MB DDR4 3200 (4 Channels) 280W $1999 11/25/2019

Both new Threadripper processors offer up to 88 total PCIe 4.0 lanes (up to 72 usable) on the TRX40 platform, and it is important to note that these new processors will not be compatible with previous Threadripper motherboards (due to PCIe 4.0 requirements). As mentioned the new TR processors launch on 11/25/19, with pricing of $1399 for the 24-core 3960X and $1999 for the 32-core 3970X.

Ryzen 9 3950X and Athlon 3000G

Announced on stage at E3 back in June, the Ryzen 9 3950X has received its formal introduction, though nothing has changed from the original reveal. It will still occupy the top of the 3rd Gen Ryzen product stack with 16 cores and 32 threads, with clock speeds of up to 4.7 GHz.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Desktop Processors
Model Cores / Threads Base / Boost Unlocked L2 Cache L3 Cache Memory Spec TDP Price Launch Date
Ryzen 9 3950X 16 / 32 3.5 Ghz / 4.7 GHz Yes 8MB 64MB DDR4 3200 105W $749 11/25/2019
Ryzen 9 3900X 12 / 24 3.8 Ghz / 4.6 GHz Yes 6MB 64MB DDR4 3200 105W $499 7/7/2019
Ryzen 7 3800X 8 / 16 3.9 GHz / 4.5 GHz Yes 4MB 32MB DDR4 3200 105W $399 7/7/2019
Ryzen 7 3700X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz / 4.4 GHz Yes 4MB 32MB DDR4 3200 65W $329 7/7/2019
Ryzen 5 3600X 6 / 12 3.8 GHz / 4.4 GHz Yes 3MB 32MB DDR4 3200 95W $249 7/7/2019
Ryzen 5 3600 6 / 12 3.6 GHz / 4.2 GHz Yes 3MB 32MB DDR4 3200 65W $199 7/7/2019

Also announced was the Athlon 3000G processor, which launches November 19 as the first unlocked Zen based Athlon, allowing for speeds above the rated 3.5 GHz for this 2-core/4-thread mainstream part. The price tag? $49.

We have about two and a half weeks to wait for performance numbers as reviewers go hands-on with these new CPUs, and with the new TRX40 platform there will be new motherboards to examine as well.

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3 Comments

  1. skramit@darkhill.com.au

    Do you think this will push the price of the 3900x down, now there’s a new consumer king in town?

    • Sebastian Peak

      Down to MSRP more often, sure. But I can’t imagine availability of the R9 3950X will be stellar and it may come down to which one is available when buying a high-end Ryzen part.

  2. Shambles

    If only the GPU market was competitive like the CPU market is now it would be a golden era of PC gaming. I still long for the day of where I got as much bang for my buck as my Q6600/HD 48070 build.

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