Monday, December 30th 2019

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3980X is a 48-core Monster for When 64 Cores Are Too Many, 32 Too Few

In the press-deck of its 3rd Generation Ryzen Threadripper 3970X/3960X launch, AMD teased its flagship HEDT part for the TRX40 platform, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, with a 2020 launch date. It should come as little surprise then, that the core-count gap between the 3970X and the 3990X has an SKU in the middle - the 3980X. This SKU reportedly surfaced in CPU-Z 1.91 code. The 3980X is a 48-core/96-thread monstrosity for when 64 cores are too many, and 32 too few.

Like the 3990X, the 3980X will likely be built with eight "Zen 2" CCDs (chiplets) for optimal IFOP bandwidth utilization and heat-spread. Each CCD will likely be configured with 6 cores (3 per CCX), adding up to 48 cores on the package. Much like the 3990X, clock-speeds of the 3980X remain under the wraps. AMD is expected to launch the two some time in 2020, featuring compatibility with existing AMD TRX40 chipset motherboards. The company could target a sub-$3,000 price-point to make the Xeon W-3175X obsolete both in performance and value.
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71 Comments on AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3980X is a 48-core Monster for When 64 Cores Are Too Many, 32 Too Few

#2
EarthDog
lulz at even HEDT needing this many cores/threads...holy cow!
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#4
Vya Domus
This isn't even all that interesting anymore, that's how wide the gap has gotten between AMD and Intel.
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#5
KarymidoN
Vya Domus
This isn't even all that interesting anymore, that's how wide the gap has gotten between AMD and Intel.
intel will still be pumping higher pre-OC'd chips (aka 9900KS) and claiming the "Gaming and real world aplications Crown" while 14nm+++++³
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#6
Tomgang
Intel whas more or less defeated with 3950X and then 3960X/3970X came out a direct knock out as even that overclockable 28 core xeon seems outdated and overpriced in comparison and now with 3980X/3990X it's borderline legal murder to Intel as even the 56 core xeon's is no match for amd any more.

Well fellow geeks see you all to intels funeral

Now for a little meme for amd.
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#7
ShurikN
to make the Xeon W-3175X obsolete both in performance and value.
That CPU was obsolete the moment 3970X got released, no need to dig the grave deeper.
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#9
Xuper
You sure source is real ? I can't enter
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#10
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Vya Domus
This isn't even all that interesting anymore, that's how wide the gap has gotten between AMD and Intel.
I'm actually excited to see the performance of these things.

When's release?
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#11
fancucker
Before we all board the train
- New socket and much worse value than previous gens (comparatively)
- How many workloads are still 'unoptimized'?
- Niche segment, esp. when AMD can't convince major companies to switch on the server side
- Lost out at After-effects, compression/decom and any scenario that requires CORE performance
- the 3960/70X consume more than the 3175 during handbrake
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#12
phill
This is exciting times to be having in front of us I think :) I look forward to the reviews and I do wonder if there's going to be enough cores for desktops...
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#13
notb
Vya Domus
This isn't even all that interesting anymore, that's how wide the gap has gotten between AMD and Intel.
AMD of course has a process advantage. They keep pushing more and more cores for consumers and keep convincing them to buy.
Intel isn't even competing in this segment, so it's hard to talk about "a gap".

I'd rather see them try solving the 3950X supply issues. It's been 1.5 months. As of today it's not even listed by official AMD partners in some countries.
If they can't make them, why not launch a slower 16-core 3920X out of die bins that actually exist...?
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#14
ixi
KarymidoN
intel will still be pumping higher pre-OC'd chips (aka 9900KS) and claiming the "Gaming and real world aplications Crown" while 14nm+++++³
Nice one!

:roll:
notb
AMD of course has a process advantage. They keep pushing more and more cores for consumers and keep convincing them to buy.
Intel isn't even competing in this segment, so it's hard to talk about "a gap".

I'd rather see them try solving the 3950X supply issues. It's been 1.5 months. As of today it's not even listed by official AMD partners in some countries.
If they can't make them, why not launch a slower 16-core 3920X out of die bins that actually exist...?
Glad that in my country I can purchase the 3950x but waiting for 4xxx series. :)

Wondering sometimes how many 3950x they make in a one day.
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#15
Unregistered
Wow, AMD can use the 3980X to nail down Intel's highest end chip and make the 3990X an even higher end solution with no competition. Just like in the server space.

Crazy stuff.
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#16
Mr.Mopar392
fancucker
Before we all board the train
- New socket and much worse value than previous gens (comparatively)
- How many workloads are still 'unoptimized'?
- Niche segment, esp. when AMD can't convince major companies to switch on the server side
- Lost out at After-effects, compression/decom and any scenario that requires CORE performance
- the 3960/70X consume more than the 3175 during handbrake
All Cons no Pros prime example of a Hater.
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#17
HwGeek
Can you Imaging how fast the Zen3.0 4970X Gonna be? Lets say 3.9Ghz base/4.6Ghz boost with 15% IPC increase?
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#18
ador250
yakk
Wow, AMD can use the 3980X to nail down Intel's highest end chip and make the 3990X an even higher end solution with no competition. Just like in the server space.

Crazy stuff.
Whole intel consumer and hedt lineup is nailed by 3950X. AMD is just showing now how far they can go.
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#19
HD64G
I wouldn't sell the 48 and 64-core parts as TR4 chips. No need for them imho to exist in that segment as 32-cores are plenty. But if they can sell them for EPYC prices, kudos to them.
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#20
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ador250
Whole intel consumer and hedt lineup is nailed by 3950X. AMD is just showing now how far they can go.
Agree, the more steps AMD can put between Intel's highest end and AMD's highest end the higher the wall to climb for Intel.
HD64G
I wouldn't sell the 48 and 64-core parts as TR4 chips. No need for them imho to exist in that segment as 32-cores are plenty. But if they can sell them for EPYC prices, kudos to them.
EPYC & Threadripper chips need slightly different qualities so binning is important which AMD have demonstrated to be very good at.

On top of the HEDT market, Threadripper chips can also be used as "poor man's" servers for small & medium size companies which is where I'm getting demand from for these chips lately. AMD pricing will dictate is that activity will continue.
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#21
fancucker
Mr.Mopar392
All Cons no Pros prime example of a Hater.
Cooper-Lake will arrive with 56 cores at 14nm++, MCM design, and will negate the entire series despite being 2 nodes behind. Only a matter of time (H2 2021)
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#22
terroralpha
HD64G
I wouldn't sell the 48 and 64-core parts as TR4 chips. No need for them imho to exist in that segment as 32-cores are plenty. But if they can sell them for EPYC prices, kudos to them.
that’s the type of shortsighted stupidity that got intel where they are now.
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#23
E-curbi
Vya Domus
This isn't even all that interesting anymore, that's how wide the gap has gotten between AMD and Intel.
Intel still a slight lead in ST performance but that won't last through 2020. Ryzen 4000 next year. :)

But then Rocket Lake battles Intel back, then AMD 5000, then Intel Tiger Lake then AMD 6000.

Lovers of single and slightly threaded (SST) apps - should rejoice. :roll:
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#25
ador250
E-curbi
Intel still a slight lead in ST performance but that won't last through 2020. Ryzen 4000 next year. :)

But then Rocket Lake battles Intel back, then AMD 5000, then Intel Tiger Lake then AMD 6000.

Lovers of single and slightly threaded (SST) apps - should rejoice. :roll:
Zen2 has higher IPC than Coffelake, in stock settings 9900k loses to 3700x in many cases.
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