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Today, AMD announced when you will be able to get your hands on their third-generation Threadripper processors if you're after a crazy amount of cores. On top of a new 16 core flagship Ryzen 9.

First up, we have the third-generation Threadripper on the also new sTRX4 socket if you've got plenty of cash and you want a serious upgrade. AMD said that while the pin count is the same as the previous generation Threadripper, "the mapping of those pins to voltage or data will be different this time 'round" so you cannot use a third-gen Threadripper in an older socket or a previous generation in the new sTRX4 socket. Here's what the models are:

Ryzen Threadripper 3960X

  • 24 cores/48 threads
  • 3.8ghz base/4.5ghz boost
  • 140mb cache
  • Price around $1,399.

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

  • 32 cores/64 threads
  • 3.7ghz base/4.5ghz boost
  • 144mb cache
  • Price around $1,999.

Both of which have a TDP of 280w and they go on sale on November 25. Read more about them here and you can also see their announcement video below:

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As for their new flagship consumer CPU with the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X that releases on November 25 for around $749. With 16 cores and 32 threads, it's going to pack a punch for whatever you're doing.

That's not all, they also have the lower end Athlon 3000G processor releasing on November 19 for $49. They said it's the first Zen-based Athlon processor that's unlocked, giving you some headroom for overclocking it. It also has Radeon Vega 3 Graphics, so it might be quite a good budget gaming processor.

On top of that, they shared a little more information about a new AGESA update that has now been sent onto manufacturers this month focused primarily on stability. More on the 3950X, Athlon 3000G and the AGESA update here.

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Toric 7 November 2019 at 4:09 pm UTC
I know its basically server hardware, but man do I want a 32 core desktop. Though that cpu is more expensive than my entire rig ATM...
aokami 7 November 2019 at 4:16 pm UTC
Any news on AVX-512 ?
More brute force is cool, but we might want to code in a more clever way at some point ?

Also, those price
I did pre-order a pinebook pro (not even a librem) that's as much I can spend, also I'd love to get my hands at a valve index at some point..
But wages don't linearly grow along with the hardware prices...

That's one more reason to go against planned obsolescence.. I feel like a pin voltage issue could be handled on the motherboard or at least standardized instead of locking everything down to yet a new socket. . .
poke86 7 November 2019 at 4:23 pm UTC
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ToricI know its basically server hardware, but man do I want a 32 core desktop. Though that cpu is more expensive than my entire rig ATM...

Yeah but think of how much you'd save on your heating bill...
Liam Dawe 7 November 2019 at 4:27 pm UTC
poke86Yeah but think of how much you'd save on your heating bill...
I've got an FX 8-Core behind me for that
barotto 7 November 2019 at 4:49 pm UTC
140MB of cache is bonkers. I built a Pentium 3 with 128MB of RAM 20-something years ago...
I bet this is the ultimate compiling machine.
DamonLinuxPL 7 November 2019 at 5:27 pm UTC
Good idea if you play games on Linux box and from time to time need to compile fast a lot of rpm packages xD Ideal solution ;)

Last edited by DamonLinuxPL on 7 November 2019 at 5:27 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 7 November 2019 at 5:30 pm UTC
Hmmm . . . Games like Stellaris are probably mostly CPU-bound . . . might be able to stay fast right down to the late game . . .
(not that I can afford it)
Dedale 7 November 2019 at 5:37 pm UTC
Stellaris is not very multithread. It has been discussed at length on Paradox's forums. I heard about games using 8 threads.

What i wonder is if the 3950X will work with not too expensive cards like the ones with B450 chipsets. Somewhere else i read a lot of people satisfied by their 3700X + B450 or X470 motherboard. Sometimes even with a 3900X.
Dunc 7 November 2019 at 5:40 pm UTC
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poke86Yeah but think of how much you'd save on your heating bill...
I've got an FX 8-Core behind me for that
You joke, but I don't have any “proper” heating in the room with my 6-core FX. And it's not just naturally warm; I definitely notice the difference at this time of year if it hasn't been running.

Gotta say though, I'd love a Ryzen. But this thing has run everything I've thrown at it so far well enough.
Guyus_Incognitus 7 November 2019 at 7:16 pm UTC
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That 3950x seems pretty alright. The higher clock speeds than my current rig would be sweet, particularly for some CPU-bound games like Stellaris, as has been mentioned.

I haven't owned an AMD since the K6-2 about 20 years ago, but I have been really interested of late.
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