64-Core 128-Thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X leaks - 'One CPU to rule them all'

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Feb 7, 2020 5:19 PM

UPDATE: And now it's official - the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is now available to buy around the globe. 

AMD's disgustingly powerful 64-core processor is an immense feat of engineering and a dream come true for those who want unparalleled multithreaded performance. Right now, the Threadripper 3990X is effectively without competition. Intel has no answer for HEDT systems.

For gamers, you'd do well to look elsewhere. The Ryzen TR 3990X is targeted to extremely high-end professional users. With a price tag of $3990, it's probably just a well...

Original: 07-Jan-2020 As expected, AMD has unleashed the eagerly anticipated 64-Core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. The frankly monstrous 128-Thread processor can be yours from February 7th, provided you've got the alarmingly deep pockets required to afford this fearsome level of performance.

The so-called "one CPU to rule them all" is a reconfigured consumer variant of the AMD EPYC 7702P server processor. Consumer's probably putting quite a positive spin on this thing though; the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X will set you back an eye-watering $3990. The clue's in the name.

For your hard-earned dosh you'll get a 64C/128T CPU with 2.9GHz base clock and 4.3GHz boost clock speeds. The sheer size and heat generated by this 280W CPU definitely doesn't make it an ideal gaming contender. High clock speeds will be difficult to attain but no one buying such a beast is really going to be considering the gaming implications. For threaded applications though, this thing should be a true monster. Just thinking about viewing all those threads in Task Manager has us drooling.

In terms of the implications for the wider market, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is likely going to have Intel sweating. AMD showed off the TR 3990X completing a V-Ray Render test in 1 hour 3 minutes, while Intel's dual Xeon Platinum 8280 56C/112T CPU took 1 hour 30 minutes. The cost of Intel's Dual Xeon? $20,000. Gulp.

Original: 25-Nov-2019 - 64-Core 128-Thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X leaks - 'One CPU to rule them all'

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.

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17:07 Feb-08-2020

Huge overkill for me

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05:51 Feb-08-2020

This monster has already been overclocked to 5.5 GHz on all 64 cores.

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04:10 Feb-10-2020

It's power...IT'S OVER 9000!!!!

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17:40 Feb-07-2020

Just cant imagine msi afterburner showing every thread :/

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22:44 Jan-25-2020

yes

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07:31 Jan-08-2020

So I am guessing this will be mainstream hardware come 6-8 year later so PS6 and XBOX_NOT_EVEN_GONNA_TRY any possibly my then PROCESSOR UPGRADE will be pretty epic (enemy Ai will be INTENSE and game PHYSICS will be super detailed and realis

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07:38 Jan-08-2020

realistic but I am guessing we will be at the end of 3nm with silicon or having finally figured out how to use Graphene, arround 90-150TDP with 1080p 90-120 being basic and 4k 120 being top tier. or my current SPECS being in A HighEndTABLET

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07:40 Jan-08-2020

with a 1080p or if we are really lucky 4K 120 Micro Led Screen with 12 bit colour

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04:07 Jan-08-2020

haha jokes on them i got a quad xeon gold (18c/36t) 3ghz 72c/144t rendering monster almost 2 times faster then this for right around 3k, but it was a treasure hunt looking for cheap parts

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05:11 Jan-08-2020

So you'd complete the same test in around 1 hour 40 minutes?

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09:36 Jan-10-2020

BURN!

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11:37 Feb-08-2020

how do you have a 9900k with a laptop 1080?

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03:49 Jan-08-2020

This thing will probably be 100% better than my poor ryzen r7 2700 :/

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21:32 Jan-07-2020

The 3990X costs 3990$, oh i see what you did there AMD.

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19:39 Jan-07-2020

But the sad thing is most servers will still stick with intel and will be slow to take up AMD dont expect a huge jump in AMD´s server market share any time soon :/

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20:54 Jan-07-2020

Only fool would pay 20k $ for dual cpus which are inferior to Amd's new cpu...

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03:48 Jan-08-2020

Threadripper is not server hardware tho, its desktop, this is for consumers who render and edit for a living they used server hardware just to showcase how good it is..


their server stuff is epyc

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19:25 Jan-07-2020

absolutely f*cken crazy.

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15:32 Nov-30-2019

Intel took AMD easy

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14:36 Nov-30-2019

What game will use this CPU?

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11:16 Dec-03-2019

strategy games for sure
considering the background work those games take the whole time
but this one will get better
tdp will be lowered also they will handle temps probably :)

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14:06 Nov-30-2019

Now that's what I call competition! According to Linus' review - the current 24 and 32 core behemoths keep up in gaming almost the same as a 9900KS, which is mad, considering the core count!


Meanwhile my 5960X now feels really old xD

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15:04 Nov-30-2019

my 5820K feels just fine yet, 9900K has only 2 more cores xD

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05:00 Nov-30-2019

im waiting for when Hitler hear about this, or that Spanish guy

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08:48 Dec-05-2019

The Spanish guy?

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20:48 Jan-07-2020

Google "Risitas".

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22:00 Jan-07-2020

Oh the Intel comedy clip guy.

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22:18 Nov-26-2019

absolute madlads

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10:40 Nov-26-2019

AMD to Intel


Say hello to my little friend.


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10:47 Nov-26-2019

For some reason the formatting doesn't want to stick.


Like when ever I use emojis, enter just isn't applied even tho I used it to separate my post above.


I wrote it like this.


AMD to Intel


Say hello to my little friend.


fire fire fire (don't use emojis because they'll break the formatting)

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14:03 Nov-30-2019

Yeah, the comment section is broken like that. You can have either the emojis or the formatting, not both, unfortunately.

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18:02 Dec-01-2019

I did manage the formatting with emojis a few times.
Will try to recreate that in the next comment section.

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08:50 Dec-05-2019

Found a trick that will make the formatting stick.


If you want to leave an emoji below your text you must type space after the emoji.
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Worked for me 2 min ago.

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03:59 Nov-26-2019

Damn, and im sitting here with my good old 3rd gen i5 3570k with 4c/4t :/

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10:38 Nov-26-2019

If it does the job you need then there's no need to upgrade.

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22:06 Nov-27-2019

I have stuttering in some recent games, or heavy cpu intensive ones like gtav with all settings to the max

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09:08 Nov-28-2019

try overclocking.

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09:45 Nov-30-2019

Does it stutter in every game or only in games like GTA 5?

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13:32 Nov-30-2019

I know that you are right I had an i7 860 oc to 4ghz and stutter in gta 5 was non existent. but it might be because of no hyper threading. have you tried putting all settings of very low.

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22:38 Nov-30-2019

Well that's odd. I have the same CPU and have no stutters at all. It's rather sleepy in most games at &#6060% , except for CryEngine based games like Hunt Showdown, where it can go up to 90% sometimes. 2nd: Do some OC. It helps a lot, but you need some cooling and a good mainboard. I got mine at stable 4,8GHz.

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12:26 Nov-26-2019

Well, i5 2500 here... and able to run rdr2. Just.

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22:04 Nov-27-2019

So you have no stuttering at all?

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13:35 Nov-30-2019

Not really, since they sorted out the CPU balancing issue.

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21:57 Nov-25-2019

What makes you think that they willl release 64 core at 3000$, when they released 24C at 2000$. They will definitely go above 4000$.

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11:05 Nov-26-2019

And how many people will pay more than 4k for a cpu? 2? lol

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18:11 Nov-27-2019

Not end-consumers like us. It's meant for businesses and prosumers (freelancers)....or really rich people with money to waste.

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20:44 Jan-07-2020

Also probably helps their reputation similar to how car manufacturers sometimes build ridiculous halo-cars barely anyone buys just to be a representation for the brand.

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13:43 Nov-26-2019

u mean 2000$ for 32core even if they want 4000 compared to xeon lineup that its way cheaper and frikin way better

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20:22 Nov-25-2019

Yeah, price is high, but those CPUs are meant for serious work. Yes, they can game, but that is not target audience. People who would consider these are people who will also get them, so they can do more work and will basically get return on investment sooner or latter. But from brute CPU performance, these are indeed amazing and impressive. Definitely an achievement worthy.

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19:31 Nov-25-2019

What a HUGE waste! Even the most demanding modern games wouldn't even use 10% of this CPUs resources. Not worth any amount of money at this time.

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19:36 Nov-25-2019

Don't know if you're sarcastic or not,but it's not for gaming.Of course it's a waste,this is for actual power users/content creators who actually make money with this.

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15:29 Nov-26-2019

Yeah, I figured that much, my post was focused strictly on the gaming bit since (I consider) this to be a gaming website.

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15:41 Nov-26-2019

Imagine if AMD gave us 8 cores that are twice as powerful as the current Zen2 cores instead of those 32 or 64 core chips. That'd be absolutely monsterious, instead of having these weak cores in the ryzen 3000 series.

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19:59 Nov-25-2019

That's precisely why they're not selling nor marketing it for gaming. If you only plan to game than this CPU is absurd waste of money. unless you plan to maybe split it into several machines in home LAN sort of setup there's no reason to consider this.
But some people seem to forget that PC's often do a lot more than games, and for some specific tasks in work sphere, this CPU will be unmatched.

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20:53 Nov-25-2019

Yeah, so basically LinusTechTips will make a video in the future with a title along the lines of this: "16 gamers, 1 CPU". I definitely hope he does a video like that though

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06:28 Nov-26-2019

aye I second that. technically speaking that would take Esports gaming to a whole new level then right? I am talking about Sim Racers 16 is a bit too high 8 racers on a single pc no lag no network issues this would definitely revive the Cla

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06:30 Nov-26-2019

Classic Pc game events where you would show up with your entire pc Rig plug it in and get gaming. heck Co-op couch gaming will see a massive comeback then !!!!

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10:33 Nov-26-2019

I've said it many times, AMD and Intel have started selling us server CPUs for the desktop, with many, but weak cores.

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11:12 Nov-26-2019

Yes they are. Intel doesn't really have any excuse with that as they well have the budget to make separate architectures for servers and for consumer segments. Zen though was AMDs make it or break it situation, they had to find a way to strike at both markets with just one shot, and they did so really well.

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11:15 Nov-26-2019

@Psychoman Weak cores? The CPUs listed have pretty good single core performance that can match the normal desktop counter parts in gaming. I'm used to seeing server CPUs getting a ton of cores and then being gimped in other ways like the speed they run at. The new Threadripper line up looks like it's extremely good for server owners.

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