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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  • zangheiv - Thursday, November 07, 2019 - link

    Woah! hold your horses. Do you trust Intel marketing more? Intel TDP is at non-boosted clock. Boost all cores and exceed TDP and you're voiding warranty essentially. Reply
  • airdrifting - Thursday, November 07, 2019 - link

    Why there are always idiots like you spreading false information without even owning the CPU or know the basics of current gen hardware? The boost is done automatically without you doing anything in BIOS, all Intel CPU essentially run boost speed right out of the box, so you are saying everyone voided their warranty for doing nothing at all? Reply
  • eddman - Friday, November 08, 2019 - link

    Why do you keep insulting others? Turbo does not void any warranty. Boards are not supposed to boost beyond the intel specced clocks.

    However, there is a non-spec OEM implemented feature on some boards, usually called MCE (multi-core enhancement). This option would cause the board to boost all-core clocks to the single-core boost clock which does break the spec. Realistically, it shouldn't be enabled out-of-the-box but some board makers apparently don't care. Your beef should be with them, not intel.
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  • Korguz - Friday, November 08, 2019 - link

    eddman, why does he keep insulting others ?? cause he is a child, and when proven wrong, or cant prove what he says, this is his only recourse.. maybe it makes himself feel better... Reply
  • Alexvrb - Friday, November 08, 2019 - link

    Intel's TDP is a useless figure. Given the nature of competition, AMD is going to increasingly follow suit with their own less-than-useful TDP. With that being said: As of today, Intel's high end chips eat far more power at stock settings, "base" TDP be damned. Reply
  • Lcs006 - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - link

    airdrifting - You are right, if it makes easier to deal with "alternatively gifted". Reply
  • evernessince - Thursday, November 07, 2019 - link

    Well let's just get this straight, Intel processors have to clock high just to match a lower clocked AMD processor. Ryzen 3000 series vs Intel 9000 series is proof of that.

    Second, you don't seem to realize that overclocking does not improve performance per watt. The gains yielded by OCing a 9900K for example to 5.1 GHz are around 3% while power consumption increase by 30%. Simple math tells me performance per watt decreases.

    Let's be frank here, Intel is just barely hanging onto the best gaming CPU crown right now but in every other category they loose. It is not even remotely surprising if they loose in a battle of core count, which is what HEDT is, as AMD's architecture is designed to scale.
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  • Korguz - Thursday, November 07, 2019 - link

    evernessince imagine how much worse it would be for intel if ryzen 3000 matched intel's current clocks..... Reply
  • tamalero - Saturday, November 09, 2019 - link

    Its Pentium 4 vs Athlon X2 all over again. Reply
  • urmom - Thursday, November 07, 2019 - link

    IDK, I runn all core on my 3900x @4.4Ghz. Reply

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