AMD is starting off 2020 with quite a bang. After it introduced the Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors, the company also announced the latest member of the Ryzen Threadripper family.
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is the world's first 64-core, 128-thread HEDT processor, with a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and a boost speed of up to 4.3GHz. It also has a total of 288MB of cache. All of this amounts to a huge bump in performance over AMD's next best HEDT processor, the Threadripper 3970X introduced late last year. Specifically, in Cinebench R20, the Threadripper 3990X gets an average score of 25,399, whereas the 3970X gets 16,334.
Of course, AMD also compared the chip to its competition, except there's no direct competitor. Instead, the company compared the processor to a setup of two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280, which have a combined total of 56 cores and 112 threads. For the same V-Ray workload, AMD's chip took one hour and 3 minutes to complete the task, while the Intel setup took one hour and 30 minutes.
What's especially impressive about that, of course, is the price. The two Intel Xeon processors would have cost you $20,000. From that perspective, the $3,990 price of the Threadripper 3990X starts to seem justified.
If you work with this kind of workload and you're interested in the new Threadripper 3990X, it'll be available in almost exactly one month, on February 7.