We all knew it was coming, and we had a pretty good idea it would be today, but the announcement of AMD’s 64-core, 128-thread Threadripper 3990X was still an exciting moment here at CES 2020. This CPU follows the previously released 3960X with 24 cores, and the 3970X with its 32 cores, and settles in to the top place in AMD’s high-end computing ranks.
The Threadripper 3990X offers a base clock of 2.9GHz, and a max boost clock of 4.3GHz, with 288MB of total caches. And while it may not be breaking any speed records as far as frequencies go, the sheer amount of computing power in a single product is astounding.
All of that computing power does come at a cost however, as the 3990X will have a retail price of $3,990 – a fitting price.
In presentation materials shown by AMD, the Threadripper 3990X is said to outperform two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 CPUs by 30%. And while it is true that the 3990X does offer more cores and threads than the pair of Xeon chips, it must be noted that the Intel parts would come with a $20,000 price.
We expect the Threadripper 3990X to be available starting on February 7th.