AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X (Zen 2) Processor Review (Page 8)

| Nov 25, 2019 at 8:05 am CST
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: AMDModel: Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

Here is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review and get a quick recap and points on the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X.

What's Hot

Cores and more cores: AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 3970X has a hefty 32-cores, and a 64-core variant has been confirmed by AMD. However, with 32-cores, the AMD 3970X has more cores than any of the competition's CPUs. AMD has also increased SMT performance, and it's excellent - it just smashes everything that might need that many cores.

Single Core Performance and Memory: Single-core performance, judging by CINEBENCH scores, is similar to that of the Intel 10980XE that launched today. It's an excellent CPU in that regards now, making up for Threadripper's biggest insufficiency. The ability of the CPU to handle dual rank high-density memory kits is also very impressive.

Platform: TRX40 is the most advanced chipset we have seen to date. It has all PCI-E 4.0, tons of USB 3.2 gen 2, and a whole lot of bandwidth between the CPU and chipset. It's well worth it if you can afford it.

What's Not

Temperature: Just like the first generation 2990WX, which had the same core count as the 3970X, at stock we are hitting the upper limits of our 360mm all-in-one liquid cooler.

Final Thoughts


The Ryzen 3950X was the most impressive CPU we had ever seen from AMD, but today we are here to tell you we were wrong; the 3970X takes that crown now. It's as if it was five years ago, and Intel was competing with itself, but in this case, AMD has created two very distinct products with excellent performance.

Multi-core performance, single-core performance, and capabilities top the charts. While it might not be the best gaming CPU, AMD isn't toting it as a gaming CPU. They are saying it's a CPU for content creators, and they are right. However, while Intel cut their prices in the high-end desktop segment in half or by more, AMD has kept their prices justifiably very high.

Not only will the CPU run you $2K, but motherboards will also start around $500. It's a platform for those with a lot to spend, and that might be its only downside other than high temperatures. If you are in the market for one of the best content creation CPU, the 3970X is what you need.

Last updated: Nov 26, 2019 at 06:11 am CST





Overall Rating94%

The Bottom Line

AMD's Threadripper 3970X is seriously AMD's best performing CPU, and there isn't anything out there quite like it.

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