Ryzen Threadripper 3990X: AMD pushes 64-core processor ahead

TRX40 mainboards are prepared for the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X with stronger voltage converters.

AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Cores
AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Cores.

AMD has announced the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X for early 2020, which brings 64 cores into the high-end desktop (HEDT) class. 

Like the 32- and 24-core Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and 3960X just introduced, the processor fits on TRX40 motherboards.

The Ryzen Threadripper 3990X represents the maximum that AMD can physically accommodate on a CPU carrier for the CPU socket TRX40 and is therefore closely related to the Epyc 7002 processors. 

Only four memory channels and 64 PCI Express 4.0 lanes are deactivated by the manufacturer - a completely unlocked TRX80 or WRX80 platform with Octa Channel RAM never confirmed by AMD directly.

TRX40 motherboards are compatible

The TRX40 motherboards from ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI presented so far are already prepared for the 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. 

The boards have stronger and better cooler voltage converters than most X399 models for Ryzen Threadripper 1000/2000, so they should be ready for even higher power consumption with the 64-core.

The rumor has already been circulating about the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X in mid-October, with the prospect of a market launch in January 2020. 

AMD has not yet publicly announced a specific month. The CES at the beginning of January 2020 would be a suitable date for a processor presentation.

The 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 3970X already costs 2000 US dollars and is up to Intel to offer everything for the high-end desktop. 

The Ryzen Threadripper 3990X with twice as many computing cores is likely to be targeted mainly at workstation users in terms of performance and price.

AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Cores
AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Cores.

AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Processor SKUs:

CPU Name
CPU Cores
CPU Thread
CPU Predecessor
Base Clock
Boost Clock
Retail Launch
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X/WX64 Core128 ThreadAMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX (32 Core / 64 Thread)TBDTBDTBD280W $2999?January 2020
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3980X/WX48 Core96 ThreadN/ATBDTBDTBD280W $2499?January 2020
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X/WX32 Core64 ThreadAMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX (24 Core / 48 Thread)3.7 GHz4.5 GHz128 MB280W$199925th November 2019
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X24 Core48 ThreadN/A3.8 GHz4.5 GHz128 MB280W$139925th November 2019

Expect more details from AMD for the rest of the Threadripper processors in the coming months.