AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Threadripper CPU appears online

Ryzen 3rd Gen points towards and incredible future for Threadripper

AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Threadripper CPU appears online

If AMD’s Ruzen 3000 series has shown us anything, it’s that AMD’s chiplet designs are ready to take the world by storm. With Zen 2, AMD offers a fantastic level of scalability without the downsides of the company’s older Threadripper and EPYC designs. Forward-looking readers will know that this sets up AMD’s Ryzen 3rd Generation Threadripper processors to be incredible products. 

Now, what appears to be a Ryzen 3rd Generation Threadripper processor has arrived on the  UserBenchmark database (thanks TUM-APISAK), offering 16-cores, and 32-threads on AMD’s SP3v2 socket with a quad-channel memory configuration. Why do we think this is Zen 2? Compare it to a 16-core Threadripper 2950X result and look at the memory latency chart. This engineering sample has more L3 cache, just like other Zen 2 processors.

The processor offers a 3.6GHz base clock speed and a 4.05GHz average boost clock. While this isn’t that high, it is worth remembering that this processor appears to be an early engineering sample.  

With AMD offering a 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X on AM4, it seems unlikely that the company would ship another 16-core model on their TR4 socket, as this would cannibalise their sales on one of the two platforms. It also raises the question of what AMD would call a 16 core Threadripper processor; the 3950X name is taken. Ryzen Threadripper 3950WX perhaps? 

AMD’s Ryzen 3rd Generation Threadripper processors are likely to offer higher core/thread counts than ever before. We know that up to 64-cores are possible with Zen 2 on AMD’s SP3 EPYC socket, which means that up to 64-core designs are also possible on TR4. With Zen 2 Threadripper, 24-core, 32-core, 48-core and 64-core models are possible. 

Ryzen 3rd Generation CPUs point towards an incredible future for Threadripper


With Zen 2 AMD has proved that a multi-die processor is possible with minimal downsides. We have found no workloads where AMD’s Zen 2 processors perform worse than their single-die Ryzen 2nd Gen counterparts. This showcases the power of AMD’s latest designs. With Ryzen 3rd Generation Threadripper, these gains will be amplified. In short, AMD has addressed the main criticisms of Threadripper in one fell swoop by delivering what’s effectively a beefed-up version of the company’s AM4 Zen 2 offerings. 

Unlike AMD’s existing Threadripper processors, Ryzen 3rd Generation/Zen 2 Threadripper will utilise a single, unified memory controller on a separate I/O/memory die. This is similar to what AMD has shown with their Zen 2 EPYC processors. With 3rd Gen Threadripper, AMD can deliver a true quad-channel memory setup with identical memory access latencies to all CPU cores. This is impossible on AMD’s previous multi-memory controller solution.

AMD’s Ryzen 3rd Generation Threadripper processors are likely to release in late 2019. 

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