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AMD & # 39; s debut Third generation Threadripper chips will be released on November 25

AMD has announced its first two third generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors: the $ 1,399 Threadripper 3960X and the $ 1,999 Threadripper 3970X. Both processors have higher clock speeds and more PCIe lanes than their second generation predecessors, and they also support PCIe version 4.0. You can get the new chips on 25 November when AMD has also announced it will launch its mainstream AM4 flagship: the 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X.

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You can see below how the specifications of the new Threadripper processors relate to those of the previous generation, but there are a few other improvements beyond that. Both chips were built using AMD & # 39; s 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture and have a total of 72 usable PCIe 4.0 jobs. They also use the new TRX40 platform and the sTRX4 connection from AMD, a change that AMD said was partially necessary because the number of PCIe lanes between the processor and the chipset has doubled from four to eight.

Threadripper 3rd generation comparison

Threadripper processor2920X2950X2970WX2990WX3960X3970X
Threadripper processor2920X2950X2970WX2990WX3960X3970X
cores121624322432
threads243248644864
Basing3.5 GHz3.5 GHz3.0 GHz3.0 GHz3.8 GHz3.7 GHz
boost4.3 GHz4.4 GHz4.2 GHz4.2 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz
Cache38MB40MB76MB80MB140MB144 MB
price$ 649$ 899$ 1,299$ 1,799$ 1,399$ 1,999

A step beyond the Threadripper line-up is the 3950X, which finally has a release date after it was announced in June. This chip has the highest number of cores and threads from AMD & # 39; s mainstream AM4-socket CPU setup, but it also has the highest single-thread performance, which AMD says should be the best gaming performer in the line-up to be. Of course, the single-thread performance of the $ 749 3950X is only 1 percent better than the Ryzen 3900X of $ 499, but it also has four cores to boot.

In addition to a release date for the flagship AM4 chip, AMD has also announced a new eco-mode function for the processor, which allows you to perform it at a lower power level and with a lower power consumption if you need a lot of cores, but your & # 39; d prefer lower temperatures to higher performance. Along with the 3950X, AMD says that eco mode will be available on all third-generation chips from Ryzen 5 and higher.

Finally, on the other side of the spectrum, AMD has also announced a new $ 49 budget CPU, the AMD Athlon 3000G. Compared to the pinnacle of AMD & # 39; s line-up, the 2 cores and 4 wires of the chip sound absolutely small, but AMD says the chip is unlocked and ready to be overclocked, so you need it with the right power be able to squeeze out hardware a bit more. The new budget chip will be available on November 19.