AMD has announced its impressive performance in 3rd-generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs built with its 7-nanometer Zen2 architecture. There are 24 and 32-core variants, the TR 3960X with base clocks at 3.8GHz and TR 3970X base clocks at 3.7GHz. They can reach a max boost speed of up to 4.5GHz. Both chips will run using AMD’s all-new TRX40 chipset with 72 available PCIe 4.0 lanes and 12 USB-C 3.1 gen2 10Gbps SuperSpeed ports. These chips and motherboards are designed at content creators. It is due to the extra cores and higher PCIe 4.0 bandwidth won’t help gamers much. Threadripper chips always perform worse in games than their Ryzen desktop chips such as the new Ryzen 9 3950X.
The company has indicated that the Ryzen TR 3970X will boost Adobe Premiere CC 2019 encoding by up to 47% over Intel’s similarly priced 18-core Core i9-9980XE. The cheaper 3960X version will still deliver a 22% speed bump over Intel’s chip. Both chips have a 280W TDP, so the i9-9980XE has a big advantage with a 165W TDP according to the power consumption. Intel’s chips might still beat the Threadrippers, especially when overclocked for gaming. It is also important that the two 3rd-Gen Threadrippers use AMD’s new Socket sTRX4. So, they aren’t pin-compatible with the 2nd-gen models and can’t be used on older sTR4 socket motherboards.
AMD has claimed that the new socket would allow for scalability, but didn’t provide more details. It is much hope to see a 64-core version, but it has yet to materialize. It is noteworthy that these Threadripper chips won’t come cheap, but they do cost significantly less than any Intel chips with 24 cores or more. AMD hasn’t yet announced the exact release date, but the 24-core Ryzen RT 3960X Threadripper CPU might cost 1,399 USD and the 32-core version at 1,999 USD.