AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X Confirmed Along with 3rd Gen Naming Scheme

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Release

We finally have some solid news on what the 3rd generation Ryzen Threadripper processors will contain, as well as a possible release date. This news has been confirmed through an AOTS benchmark listed by Twitter user TUM_APISA early yesterday.

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We already knew that the 3rd Generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs would be launching in November, along with the new Ryzen 9 3950X flagship processor. But, a leak that has reportedly come from within AMD itself gave us a first look at the release dates for the new Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X, and 3990X, as well as the TRX40 Motherboards.

 Announcement Full SpecsReviewsSales / Availability
Threadripper 3990XNovember 5thJanuary 2020January 2020January 2020
Threadripper 3970XNovember 5thNovember 5thNovember 19thNovember 19th
Threadripper 3960XNovember 5thNovember 5thNovember 19thNovember 19th
TRX40 MotherboardsNovember 5thNovember 5thNovember 19thNovember 19th

What The Benchmarks Tell Us

We also know from the leaks on Twitter that the Ryzen Threadripper will premier with a 24 core and 48 thread variant based on the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture. This is good news as it will allow for more cache, bandwidth and multitasking performance.

Up until now, we didn’t know the naming scheme for AMD’s new processors, apart from the fact that they were 3rd generation. During the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark, the CPU title was listed as AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 24-Core Processor. This gives us a fair idea of what the rest of the lineup will look like name wise.

It has been theorized that the 3960X naming scheme could be used to guesstimate what later models may look like. For example, a Ryzen Threadripper 3970X may feature 32 cores and 64 threads, a Ryzen Threadripper 3980X may feature 48 cores and 96 threads and so on. While this is purely speculative at the moment, based on how Intel choose to number their X-series products, we could see AMD’s method being similar.

Price and performance

We don’t yet know the exact price and performance of these new CPUs but with AMD hoping for market dominance with their new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series, these CPUs will have to match up well from a price compared to performance standpoint. 

While new enhancements and features will be introduced on the enhanced TR4+ motherboards, these will come at a cost of potentially restricting implementation of older series AMD processors due to the revised chipset and socket. 

Different platforms?

We may see two different platforms that these CPUs release on, one for ‘enthusiasts’ and another for workstations. 

The AMD TRX40 ‘Enthusiast’ Ryzen Threadripper 3000

The TRX platform will feature quad-channel memory, UDIMM memory support and up to 256GB of capacity per channel. This equals out to around an impressive 1TB of memory support! Also featured would be support for 64 Gen 4 PCIe lanes with 16 lanes of switchable support.

Group A series processors would feature a 280W TDP with Tcase Max temperature of 60C and Tctl Max of 100C 

The AMD WRX80 ‘Workstation’ Ryzen Threadripper 3000

This WRX80 series will be for a dedicated workstation lineup, with the specs to support it. The platform would support 1 DIMM channel that would allow support for up to 2TB of memory. Also featured would be further support for 96-128 Gen4 PCIe lanes with 32 switchable SATA lanes. 

Group B series processors will also feature a 280W TDP with a Tcase Max temperature of 81C and a Tctl Max of 100C.

Closing thoughts

With some spectacular amounts of multi-threading numbers these days we will no doubt only see these improve with the 7nm process node. There have been reports in leaks of the 32 variant offering up to 35% better performance than the existing Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 32 core chip.

When AMD made the upgrade from the Threadripper 1000 series to the 2000 series we didn’t see much pricing chance between the processors. We hope that this trend will continue with the 3000 series but only time will tell. 

We still don’t have solid performance numbers for these chips but due to the refinement over the previous generations, we’re expecting the 3000 series to not disappoint. 

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