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Third Generation Malocher – AMD Threadripper TR 3960X and 3970X announced with 24 and 32 cores for now | Update: MSI and AORUS Motherboards Overview

Epyc 2 has long been in the wild and is allowed to snatch away Intel's Xeons one or the other server loot. Now also Threadripper 3 with a new chipset, about which there were long discussions in the run-up, especially since the boards have also inherited the small chipset fan from the X570 platform. However, the SP3 server socket no longer trades as TR4 for Threadripper, but as sTRX4 and AMD also refers to better scalability due to a changed socket assignment. Unfortunately, AMD does not specify exact availability for the new CPUs, which is quite regrettable. But, of course, we will stick to it.

The number of sales in the prestigious HEDT division and the positive media coverage are also fully confirmed and look back proudly on the past two generations. Similar to Epyc 2, the new 7-nm chiplets are expected to make a breakthrough and Intel's Core i9 of the 10th Generation Paroli, which are not to be released at the same time as the Ryzen 9 3950X. The sheer volume of the features on offer makes this desire for even better market acceptance of the new Threadripper seem quite real. Not to mention the price.

The two models available at the beginning with 24 cores (48 threads) and 32 cores (64 threads) beat with just under 1400 and 2000 USD RRP is still quite good when compared to Intel's top models. Of course, the price per CPU is significantly higher than the normal consumer budget. Although this is a testament to the self-confidence that has been gained, the pricing does not seem euphoric. HEDT has always been a bit more expensive, on both sides.

The all-core clock speeds are 3.8 GHz for the smaller model and 3.7 GHz for the large thread ripper, with boost clock speeds of up to 4.5 GHz for both models. AMD has already expressed its relative opinion on these clock rates. Also interesting are the features of the new chipset and the TRX40 platform with a total of 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes, 72 of which are also available (the rest is reserved internally).

The scheme makes it very clear where AMD wants to go with the new HEDT platform. Even if there has been a lot of speculation in the run-up to the event, it remains with the quad channel for the time being, which is quite painful. With 72 PCIe lanes and up to four times the bandwidth of the X399 predecessor, it is certainly also explained why a new chipset had to be produced. The up to 12 possible USB 3.2 ports with up to 10 Gbps are also a class in themselves and a feast for all connection fetishists.

The first performance statements come from AMD, so they should also be classified exactly as press foil. This also applies to the comparison to Intel's 18-core, where it doesn't even perform so badly in terms of relative performance per core, but simply has to lose by the limited number of threads for well-parallelizable tasks. So here the Threadripper 3 really does its name all credit.

As already written, we still owe a date, but who knows, maybe we will soon be pleasantly surprised. Let's see.

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