To cap off its CES 2020 Keynote, AMD expanded its third-generation Threadripper lineup with the announcement of the 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. AMD previously launched the 24-core Threadripper 3960X and 32-core Threadripper 3970X late last year.
Arriving at a notable $3,990 list price, the Threadripper 3990X sports 64 cores and 128 threads, with a base clock of 2.9 GHz, max boost clock of up to 4.3 GHz, and 288MB of total cache.
While Intel focuses on its platform advantages such as DL Boost (AVX-512) to distinguish its highest-end processors, AMD is simply throwing raw CPU horsepower at the situation, claiming that in some workloads such as CPU-based V-Ray rendering, a single 3990X at roughly $4,000 can outperform a dual Xeon Platinum 8280 system that costs about $20,000.
The pricing of the Threadripper 3990X is also noteworthy compared to AMD’s other 64-core offerings, the second-generation EPYC 77xx-series, which are priced between $6500 and $7000 and offer lower base and boost clocks.
The only question at this point is availability. AMD’s other high-end Ryzen and Threadripper processors — the 3950X, 3960X, and 3970X — have been in extremely short supply since launch. If AMD can provide adequate supply of this new 3990X, it will significantly outperform all of Intel’s high end desktop and workstation-class processors and further encroach on Intel’s Xeon lineup in many workloads.
The Threadripper 3990X is expected to launch in February.