AMD launches its Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor for $3990 – A Monster price for a Monster CPU – CES 2020

AMD launches its Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor for $3990 - A Monster price for a Monster CPU - CES 2020

AMD launches its Ryzen Threadripper 3990X CPU for $3990 – A Monster price for a Monster CPU – CES 2020

In late 2019, AMD revealed to the world its Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, a processor which would deliver users a total of 64 cores and 128 threads, more than doubling what Intel could offer with their single-socket processors.  

There has never been a mainstream processor with this many cores, giving AMD a challenge when it comes to pricing. In this regard, AMD made the obvious choice, price it after their processor’s name. Make the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X $3990, almost two times the price of AMD’s 32-core Threadripper 3970X. 

With the 3990X, Threadripper users are getting around two times as many cores as the Threadripper 3970X for an almost 2x increase in price. That isn’t a bad deal when you think about it, assuming your workloads scale with core/thread count. 

Not many customers will need 64 cores of high-end desktop power, making the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X more of a power play than a revenue driver for AMD. While we expect some professional users to flock to AMD’s latest HEDT offering, we also expect most others to either not have almost $4000 to spend or find that their workloads won’t benefit from such extreme core/thread counts.   

  Cores Threads Base Clock Boost Clock L2 + L3 Cache PCIe 4.0 TDP Price
Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 64 128 2.9GHz 4.3GHz 32+256 MB (72 Available) 280W $3990
Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 32 64 3.7GHz 4.5GHz 16+128 MB (72 Available) 280W $1999
Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 24 48 3.8GHz 4.5GHz 12+128 MB (72 Available) 280W $1399
Ryzen 9 3950X (AM4) 16 32 3.5GHz 4.7GHz 8+64 MB 16+4+4 105W $749
Ryzen 9 3900X (AM4) 12 24 3.8GHz 4.6GHz 6+64 MB 16+4+4 105W $499
Ryzen 7 3800X (AM4) 8 16 3.9GHz 4.5GHz 4+32 MB 16+4+4 105W $399
Ryzen 7 3700X (AM4) 8 16 3.6GHz 4.4GHz 4+32 MB 16+4+4 65W $329
Ryzen 5 3600X (AM4) 6 12 3.8GHz 4.4GHz 3+32 MB 16+4+4 95W $249
Ryzen 5 3600 (AM4) 6 12 3.6GHz 4.2GHz 3+32 MB 16+4+4 65W $199

AMD launches its Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor for $3990 - A Monster price for a Monster CPU - CES 2020  

When compared to Intel’s offerings, AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X showcases why a 64 core processor in this market matters, but it is undeniable that this processor fills a niche of a niche. Even so, having a single AMD processor surpass two of Intel’s most expensive processors is no small feat. 

AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X will release on February 7th and will be supported on all of AMD’s TRX40 series motherboards. 

AMD launches its Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor for $3990 - A Monster price for a Monster CPU - CES 2020  

2019 was a turning point for AMD, and 2020 will be the year that AMD will see all of its bets on Zen 2 pay off. Expect AMD to make strong gains in the CPU market in 2020, and healthier quarterly financials as the year progresses. 

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