AMD is set to close out the year on a high note. As promised, the company will be delivering its latest 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X processor, built with two 7nm TSMC chiplets, to the consumer platform for $749. Not only this, but AMD today has lifted the covers on its next generation Threadripper platform, which includes Zen 2-based chiplets, a new socket, and an astounding 4x increase in CPU-to-chipset bandwidth.

This year AMD is presenting its ‘Fall 2019 Desktop Update’, covering the new products for the holiday season. Q4 is historically a good target for increased consumer sales, as long as the products hit the right price point and are available in volume for the peak shopping periods. We’ve been waiting mercilessly for more details about the crème-de-la-crème of what AMD has to offer with its 7nm product portfolio for both mainstream Ryzen desktop processors, but also the creator and workstation focused 3rd Gen Threadripper. After continuously requesting information from CEO Lisa Su since the middle of the year, AMD is lifting the lid on the product details, pricing, and launch dates.

The short version of today’s announcement revolves around several parts, in completely different markets.

  • The Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core CPU for desktops
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Gen Family: Starting with the 24-core 3960X and 32-core 3970X
  • New TRX40 motherboards for the new Threadripper Processors
  • A new $49 Athlon 3000G for the entry level market

All of this hardware is set to come to market through the month of November at the following dates:

  • Ryzen 9 3950X: Retail on November 25
  • TR 3960X and TR 3970X on November 25th
  • TRX40 motherboards on November 25th
  • Athlon 3000G on November 19th

One key takeaway from today’s announcements is how AMD is moving the traditional desktop and high-end desktop markets. When CEO Dr. Lisa Su was asked earlier this year what will happen to Threadripper as the mainstream Ryzen family moves ‘up’ in performance, her response was that ‘Threadripper will move up-up’. To that effect, we are seeing AMD’s delineation between mainstream desktop and high-end desktop move up to between 16-core and 24-core, with room at the top for more cores if AMD wants to go that way.


Our Group Interview with Dr. Lisa Su at Computex 2019

This new hardware is also breaking new records for enthusiast CPU TDP values, as well as representing new ground on the latest 7nm process technology now available to the wider market. Details about pricing, TDP, AMD’s strategy, AMD’s performance numbers, TRX40 chipset information, and analysis of the announcements are all inside.

Ryzen 9 3950X: Retail on November 25th
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  • Quantumz0d - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    First that TDP bullshit needs to go out of window from marketing when you are pushing for AIO OOTB.

    ~175W vs 9900K 210W both can be handled by a same PSU plus a same chassis and a goddamn DH15. What is this whining and shiny bs of TDP in a Desktop, cTDP yuck. Having reduced performance is bullshit esp on such high core CPU machine this is not a BGA macbook pro soldered garbage we are talking about nor a BIOS chastitized Machine.

    Now price, $600 over 3700X ? For a superbinned processor at $800ish ? Why such high price. Also their 3800X doesn't make any sense no one recommends it, GN also ingores it. Yeah AMD just wants to squeeze out all margins, one can understand that due to 7nm costs plus AMD state of CapEx vs Intel. Still their mediocrr perf Improvements over their multi SKU confusion is bad, not to forget the insane expensive X570 chipset on 12nm.

    I was in market for this year and I wanted to wait for TR plus Z390 future. Its a shame Z390/9900Kx platform is dead for LGA 12xx now a big kick in nuts that even CPU is outdated. With AMD I was ready for $700 Xtreme purchase too, going to OCN and seeing GB boards having BIOS issues and all of AM4 playing hit and miss with their beta testing bullshit BIOS patches rolling is a hell, to make it worse the DRAM is hit with Speed stability plus overall vCore, Even Trident Z at fclk, mclk, uclk plus DRAM is a huge pain of trial and error just because to get proper perf forget OC and that PBO, XFR2 marketing BS. And Ryzen Master requirement.

    Intel Z390 Dark was my choice for other now with dead platform on one side and unstable on one with useless Gen 4..For now, yeah maybe future its good but chipset fan again, all OCN shows high RPM for that.

    TR4 again same chipset fan bs with insane price at $1500+ base on top AIO, Mega expensive mobos at over +600.. With zero backwards compatibility, AND once 2021 DDR5 hits it's dead. The $2000 CPU is gone outdated.

    HEDT Intel won this time 7xxx to 10xxx and stable platform. Gen 3 x16 2080Ti wont max it out..and Mainstream AMD is better but still expensive and huge fragmentation lineup and unstable.

    Will wait for Comet Lake and Zen 4000.
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  • Quantumz0d - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    Higher Vcore & Higher DRAM voltage* Reply
  • Korguz - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    Quantumz0d, wait.. you are calling AMD expensive ?? have you not seen, or remember the prices intel was charging for its cpus before Zen ?? how the fact that going from 9xxx series to 10xxx saw what some might call massive price drops ?? the top chip for 10xxx is 1k less then the 9xxx chips. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    Anandtech really need an ignore feature in the comments. Reply
  • Spunjji - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    I'd not be seeing fully 50% of them by now. It would be nice. Reply
  • Slash3 - Saturday, November 9, 2019 - link

    Very much so. Reply
  • Total Meltdowner - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    Its still 2019.
    DDR5 is easily almost 1.5-2 years away for average consumer.
    TR3 looks like a very solid platform for many HEDT users at a very respectable price.
    I think you're overreacting.
    I have a 1800x. I was going to buy the 3950x but if the perf isnt that much better I may just get the 3700x and keep everything else the same in the computer.
    Waiting for ryzen 4k may be a good idea for you but man that's a long wait.
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  • Spunjji - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    This reads suspiciously like someone trying - at length - to post-hoc rationalize their pre-existing decision not to buy any AMD products. You don't need to justify that irrational desire to anyone else; just go with it! The attempt to do so ends up making you look more biased because you had to pick feeble, irrelevant and/or hypocritical reasons. Reply
  • Sychonut - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    Eagerly looking forward to Intel's 14+++++++. Reply
  • PixyMisa - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    So the TRX40 is basically a fully-enabled X570? (That is, a Ryzen 3000 I/O die.) Reply

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