The New Threadripper
AMD isn't just moving their 16-core SKU into the mainstream consumer market, but they are also refreshing their high-end desktop lineup with new Threadripper CPUs. With a huge market in front of them, AMD is aiming at the 1.2-billion-dollar high-end desktop market.
Two new Threadripper SKUs are now on the table; the 3960X and the 3970X at $1.4K and $2K, respectively. These new SKUs will do a solid job competing with Intel's high-end SKUs. They have huge cache numbers and excellent clocks. Core counts are similar to previous SKUs, although we expect higher core count variants in the future, something AMD won't confirm. However, motherboard VRM designs of new TRX40 motherboards say otherwise.
The third generation of Threadripper CPUs look quite good, and AMD has said that they expect to do very well against Intel's 10th generation X-series CPUs, so we will test these numbers out ourselves. Although the new Intel CPUs are not in the slide above, AMD did mention that they would be happy to see us benchmark them against their products, which means they are very confident in their new Threadripper products.
The new TRX40 platform is not backward compatible with the previous Threadripper products, but that might be its only problem. The new platform boasts the same PCI-E 4.0 as X570 and a huge number of USB 10Gbps ports. Did we mention its CPU to chipset link has not only been doubled in bandwidth but also in crosslink? It's x8 PCI-E 4.0 rather than x4 PCI-E 3.0.
We will have reviews inbound when all of these new products launch!