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AMD Announces Ryzen Threadripper 3990X: World's First 64-Cores CPU for Desktop


AMD, one of the leading CPU manufacturers in the world, has introduced a new CPU that'll be joining the ranks of its HEDT processors, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. Raising the bar a notch higher for its segment, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is the first 64-Cores CPU in the world to be marketed for desktops.


The Ryzen Threadripper 3990X follows the new topology that's being used by the first two Ryzen Threadrippers that were announced a couple of months back. The topology it uses is straightforward design that helps in improving overall performance. This time around, however, there are nine chiplets that sum up to 33.29 billion transistors. While each of the 7nm CCDs with 8-cores each has direct access to the I/O die that translates to better overall data processing.

AMD rendered one frame of Terminator Dark Fate using the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and pitted it against a Dual Xeon Platinum 8280 that has a combined 56-cores and 112-Threads. The Ryzen Threadriper 3990X that has a SEP of $3,990 USD  was able to render the frame 30% faster than the competition's two Xeon 8280 processors that have a combined SEP of $20,000 USD.


AMD pummels the fast-growing HEDT space that requires above-average connectivity, as the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X raises the available PCIe lanes and bandwidth for the TRX40 platform. While the previously released Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and Ryzen Threadripper 3970X will still be leading the general-purpose HEDT segment, the new Ryzen Threadripper 3990X will take on specialized tasks like serious professional visual effects, professional video mastering and encoding, data engineering, and software compiling that require the intense need for more cores.

The Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, the first 64-core HEDT processor to be made, along with the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X are compatible with the new AMD TRX40 motherboards.

And as mentioned, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is built and geared towards specialized workloads such as Hollywood movie production, visual effects, data engineering and software compiling, while just being under $4,000 USD. With its $3,990 USD SEP, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is the processor to beat in the HEDT segment.

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