AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper packaging photo

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In fact, Threadripper chips nearly always perform worse in games than its Ryzen desktop chips like the new Ryzen 9 3950X. The $1999 TR3970X, meanwhile, offers 32 cores and 64 threads of workstation performance, running at a standard 3.7GHz, but also capable of boosting to 4.5GHz. As before, there are 24- and 32-core variants, the TR 3960X and TR 3970X, respectively, with base clocks at 3.8GHz/3.7GHz respectively and a max boost speed of up to 4.5GHz.

Beyond the general performance improvements on the previous generation, the processors are built on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 architecture plus the new TRX40 platform and sTRX4 socket.

However, as partners of Intel and AMD have previously pointed out, Intel is starting to close the gap in terms of price-performance comparisons.

This is also one of the first CPUs in the market to support PCIe 4.0 which offers higher bandwidth with up to 42 percent faster storage and 69 percent faster graphics performance compared to PCIe 3.0.

Price-wise, the recommended pricing for Intel's Core i9-9980XE sits at $1,999, which is the same as the new Threadripper 3970X but comes with almost half as many cores and lower boost and base frequencies of 4.4GHz and 3GHz, respectively.

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Instead, it's nearly certainly going to be in multi-core performance - although helpfully AMD have only provided me with figures on how it compares to Intel's chips so far, rather than any of their own. It makes high core CPUs more accessible with an inherent disadvantage of added latency. It's definitely not gaming performance, which AMD says is comparable to the $500-odd Intel Core i9-9900K, and you're not going to get substantially better single core performance from it either.

So what exactly does the Ryzen 9 3950X do to justify such an extortionate price? There really aren't any 16-core processors in the mainstream.

This combination of features means that both Threadrippers offer substantially greater performance than Intel's $2,000 Core i9-9980XE, according to AMD's entirely impartial selection of benchmarks. The chipset outperforms the Intel Core i9-9900K and the Intel Core i9-9920X on synthetic benchmarks like Cinebench R20 with up to 79 percent better performance.

"I have a lot of customers who are programmers or do a lot of creative work - Photoshop editing - and they're also gamers", he said.

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