AMD unveils its next-gen Threadripper CPUs with up to 32 cores

Andrew Cummings
November 7, 2019

Aside from the announcement of its 3rd generation Ryzen Threadripper and availability of its Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD also took the opportunity to launch its new Athlon 3000G processor. AMD has also introduced the new sTRX4 socket which its third-gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs will use. Both support up to 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes between the CPU and chipset, but they require the new TRX40 chipset for motherboards. AMD announced that the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X will finally become available on November 25th. In fact, Threadripper chips nearly always perform worse in games than its Ryzen desktop chips like the new Ryzen 9 3950X.

Instead, it's nearly certainly going to be in multi-core performance - although helpfully AMD have only provided me with figures on how it compares to Intel's chips so far, rather than any of their own.

Beyond that, power efficiency is another big point that AMD is touting with the Ryzen 9 3950X, offering more cores and higher performance at lower power usage. This new Ryzen model is a 24-core processor that has a base clock speed of 3.8 GHz and a turbo clock speed of 4.5GHz. That's quite the price hike considering it has a slower base clock speed of just 3.5GHz compared to the 3.8GHz start line of its cheaper sibling, but provided you apply adequate cooling, the 9350X will be able to boost up to a faster 4.7GHz as opposed to err... Looking to cap off what's already been a banner year for AMD, the company announced three new processors today that will add to its swelling lineup of consumer-facing CPUs. The 3950X, set for a November 25 launch, has a 4.7GHz boost frequency, 3.5GHz base frequency and 72 MB L2 and L3 Cache with a 105-watt thermal design power.

Woligroski, AMD's desktop processor technical marketing manager, said the Ryzen 9 3950X will serve as a bridge between AMD's mainstream Ryzen platform and its high-end desktop Threadripper line. They also say you're getting more performance per watt, too - up to 2.34x compared to Intel's i9-9920K, according to AMD's test figures, potentially making it a better fit for more energy conscious overclockers. Ex: running Cinebench R20 nT benchmark the Intel Core i9-9920K consumes 304W, whereas the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X does the same job while consuming 173W. Lastly, AMD recommends a liquid cooler for the best performance.

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