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AMD Threadripper 3970X Review Rundown

AMDPublished on 11 Apr 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X CPU
Neoscore* 84%
  • Impressive core count
  • Excellent performance on high frequency and on fast memory
  • Strong performance on low frequency and high frequency
  • Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition is a better value than TR 3960X

Summary

The new AMD Threadripper processors are breathing new life into the high-end desktop market. AMD is now going after raw throughput, and combining that with almost double the number of cores that Intel can offer. The 3970X offers 64 lanes of PCI Express lanes, making multi-GPU, multi-NVMe setup (think RAID) uncompromised in performance. Unique to the Threadripper family amongst consumer desktop processors, the 3970X supports quad channel DDR4 up to 3200MHz.
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[*] 87%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The $1,999 AMD Threadripper 3970X is one of three elite chips in the third generation of AMD's mega-CPU line. It features 32 cores and 64 threads running at a 3.7GHz base clock and a 4.5GHz boost clock. It brings the heat to Intel's competing silicon, notably the spanking-new Core i9-10980XE Extreme.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Stunning 32 cores and 64 threads
  • Quieter than previous Threadripper chips
  • Solid CPU performance
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 3970X 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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