A truly monstrous CPU from AMD has just leaked. Long rumoured, yet never officially announced, the AMD Threadripper 3990X 64-Core 3.0GHz is looking to drill a jackhammer through Intel’s HEDT prospects.
AMD’s Threadripper 3990X is a 64 Core / 128 Thread monster. Packing total cache of 288MB, 128 PCI Express 4.0 lanes, and guzzling down 280W TDP, AMD has tipped the Threadripper 3990X as the “one CPU to rule them all in 2020”.
On paper, we’d struggle to disagree. This is a consumer processor (ie not specifically designed for server usage) with a frankly obscene 64 cores. For high end desktop enthusiasts and assorted content creators, this thing is shaping up to an absolute titan.
In terms of how this chip is assembled, it comes with eight Zen 2 CCDs, which you can see arranged in the image below. Each CCD is comprised of two CCX, which are themselves a group of 4C/8T. This means each CCD offers 8C/16T, with eight CCDs on board, bringing the total up to 64C/128T.
As you can also see in the slide, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is due to launch in 2020. Considering the Threadripper 3960X (24C/48T) is $1399, and the Threadripper 3970X (32C/64T) is launching at $1999, we expect the launch price of the 3990X is around $3000, which obviously puts it outside the budget of all but the most extreme PC users.