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AMD Threadripper 3960X Review Rundown

AMD | Published on 11 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of AMD Threadripper 3960X
  • More cores than the previous generation
  • Better performance than the Core i9-10980XE
  • Strong performance for the price
  • Only one memory controller per die

Summary

With Zen 2 for the Threadripper series today, AMD is now going after raw throughput, and combining that with almost double the number of cores that Intel can offer. The most affordable option, the 3960X combines the I/O die with eight Core Complex Dies (CCDs) while retaining comparable clocks with Ryzen 9 processors.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

anandtech[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Anandtech have found the following[***]:
Zen 2 processors are built from four Zen 2 chiplets paired with a single I/O die, with each chiplet having 6 cores or 8 cores respectively. AMD has also lifted the lid on an upcoming 64-core variant, called the TR 3990X. For the first time in living memory, AMD and Intel are launching their CPUs on the same day.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Competitively priced for a 64-core SKU
  • Excellent CPU performance for the price
  • Dual I/O die
Cons[**]
  • Only one memory controller per die
  • Only two memory controllers per die

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
At $1,399, the Threadripper 3960X is by no means cheap, but it's still a good deal cheaper than the 3970X. Both suck up an equal amount of power: 280 watts thermal design power (up from 250 watts in the 2970WX) Each features support for the same number of usable PCI Express lanes: 72.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great performance for a 24-core CPU
  • Great value for money
  • Lots of overclocking options
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomshardware[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
Threadripper 3970X and 3960X launch alongside Intel's new Cascade Lake-X Core i9-10980XE. AMD's new architecture serves as the star of the show. The 'Castle Peak' design brings a new design that does away with many of the previous-gen Threadrippers' eccentricities.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great performance for mainstream motherboards
  • Powerful performance for content creators and prosumers
  • Supports PCIe 4.0
Cons[**]
  • Higher price than previous-gen Threadripper 3000 chips

references

  1. 1. ^ The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X Review: 24 and 32 Cores on 7nm. Anandtech. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X Review. Pcmag. 2019-11-25. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ AMD Threadripper 3970X and 3960X Review: High-End Domination. Tomshardware. 2019-12-20. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  5. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  6. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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