8 Nov

AMD Unveils Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper Chips

WRITTEN BY Puja Tayal

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) continued with its tradition of introducing its 7nm (nanometer) products on the seventh of the month, unveiling its 7nm Ryzen 9 3950X and Ryzen 3000 Threadripper HEDT (high-end desktop) series yesterday. They are set to hit the market on November 25, just in time for Black Friday sales. Intel’s (INTC) latest generation HEDT series, Cascade Lake-X, is expected around that time, too. The company has said the new CPU (central processing unit) will be available in November, and given the company’s supply shortage, it is likely to come in the month’s latter half.

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AMD launched its 7nm Ryzen 3000 CPUs and 7nm Navi GPUs (graphics processing units) on July 7, and its 7nm EPYC Rome server CPUs on August 7. There were no products launched on September 7, likely because of the Ryzen 9 3950X delays. However, AMD returned with its 7nm RX 5500 GPUs on October 7. That day, Intel followed AMD’s strategy and unveiled its 14nm Cascade Lake-X.

What’s new with the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

AMD came back with a bang on November 7 with the delayed Ryzen 9 3950X priced at $749. The 16-core, 32-thread CPU, aimed at the mainstream desktop segment, is AMD’s first Ryzen CPU without an in-built cooler. The CPU also has different motherboard requirements that users can get through a firmware update, and an Eco Mode feature that enables users to reduce the CPU’s power consumption when full performance is unnecessary.

The next generation of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

On November 7, AMD unveiled its third-generation Ryzen Threadripper HEDT CPUs. Like the Ryzen 9 3950X, the RT 3970X and RT 3960X, priced at $1,999 and $1,399, also need motherboard upgrades. However, Wccftech, citing an MSI leak, reported that AMD might launch a new Ryzen Threadripper, the 3990X. The CPU is rumored to launch in January 2020 for $2,999. Although AMD has yet to confirm the rumor, if reports are true, the 3990X would be the first desktop CPU to have 64 cores and 128 threads.

All three CPUs will bring the advantages of AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 architecture. Additionally, they will have a higher transistor density, lower costs, and better power efficiency than the previous generation.

The product launch didn’t push AMD stock to the 13-year high it’s hit after previous launches. However, the stock did reach a new high on November 5 following the company’s 2020 Zen-3 CPU product announcement.

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