It's been expected for some time, but AMD has officially announced the third-generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors today. In the announcement video, AMD CEO Lisa Su says the processors are faster in every workload and that it's the fastest desktop processor in the market.
The new Threadripper lineup comes in two models, starting with the 24-core, 48-thread Threadripper 3960X. It has a base clock of 3.8GHz, with boost speeds up to 4.5GHz, 140MB of total cache, and 88 PCIe lanes, all in a package with a TDP of 280W. It also supports quad-channel memory.
The higher-end model is the Threadripper 3970X, which has 32 cores and 64 threads. The base clock is slightly lower, at 3.7GHz, but it can still boost up to 4.5GHz, and it increases the cache to 144MB. It has the same number of PCIe lanes and the same TDP as the 3960X.
Both processors are built on a 7nm process and based on the Zen2 architecture, promising up to 15% more efficiency on all cores. In terms of performance, AMD shows the new Threadripper processors crushing last year Core X offerings from Intel, but it's worth noting that the blue team already announced an updated lineup last month.
AMD's new processors are hitting the market on November 25, and the Threadripper 3960X will cost $1399, while the Threadripper 3970X will go for $1999. That's interesting because Intel's new Core X-series processors top out at just under $1000, and the performance is likely to be better than last year's models, which AMD used in its comparison.