AMD launches its Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor for $3990 - A Monster price for a Monster CPU - CES 2020
64 cores of Zen 2 power
Published: 6th January 2020 | Source: AMD |
AMD launches its Ryzen Threadripper 3990X CPU for $3990 - A Monster price for a Monster CPU - CES 2020
There has never been a mainstream processor with this many cores, giving AMD a challenge when it comes to pricing. In this regard, AMD made the obvious choice, price it after their processor's name. Make the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X $3990, almost two times the price of AMD's 32-core Threadripper 3970X.
With the 3990X, Threadripper users are getting around two times as many cores as the Threadripper 3970X for an almost 2x increase in price. That isn't a bad deal when you think about it, assuming your workloads scale with core/thread count.
Not many customers will need 64 cores of high-end desktop power, making the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X more of a power play than a revenue driver for AMD. While we expect some professional users to flock to AMD's latest HEDT offering, we also expect most others to either not have almost $4000 to spend or find that their workloads won't benefit from such extreme core/thread counts.
|Cores||Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock||L2 + L3 Cache||PCIe 4.0||TDP||Price|
|Ryzen Threadripper 3990X||64||128||2.9GHz||4.3GHz||32+256 MB||(72 Available)||280W||$3990|
|Ryzen Threadripper 3970X||32||64||3.7GHz||4.5GHz||16+128 MB||(72 Available)||280W||$1999|
|Ryzen Threadripper 3960X||24||48||3.8GHz||4.5GHz||12+128 MB||(72 Available)||280W||$1399|
|Ryzen 9 3950X (AM4)||16||32||3.5GHz||4.7GHz||8+64 MB||16+4+4||105W||$749|
|Ryzen 9 3900X (AM4)||12||24||3.8GHz||4.6GHz||6+64 MB||16+4+4||105W||$499|
|Ryzen 7 3800X (AM4)||8||16||3.9GHz||4.5GHz||4+32 MB||16+4+4||105W||$399|
|Ryzen 7 3700X (AM4)||8||16||3.6GHz||4.4GHz||4+32 MB||16+4+4||65W||$329|
|Ryzen 5 3600X (AM4)||6||12||3.8GHz||4.4GHz||3+32 MB||16+4+4||95W||$249|
|Ryzen 5 3600 (AM4)||6||12||3.6GHz||4.2GHz||3+32 MB||16+4+4||65W||$199|
When compared to Intel's offerings, AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 3990X showcases why a 64 core processor in this market matters, but it is undeniable that this processor fills a niche of a niche. Even so, having a single AMD processor surpass two of Intel's most expensive processors is no small feat.
AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 3990X will release on February 7th and will be supported on all of AMD's TRX40 series motherboards.
2019 was a turning point for AMD, and 2020 will be the year that AMD will see all of its bets on Zen 2 pay off. Expect AMD to make strong gains in the CPU market in 2020, and healthier quarterly financials as the year progresses.
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