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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X CPU

MSRP 1999 USDNEX score 78%

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Product Overview

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is a 32-core, 64-thread enthusiast-oriented 3rd-gen Threadripper CPU based on AMD's Zen 2 architecture. The 3970X combines the I/O die with eight Core Complex Dies (CCDs, each with 4 cores) while retaining comparable clocks with Ryzen 9 processors.
True to a Threadripper, 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.
Like normal Ryzen processors based on the Zen 2 architecture, the 3970X comes with 64KB per core of L1 cache, 512KB per core of L2 cache, and 16MB per CCD of L3 cache. It is manufactured on TSMC's 7nm process and is designed for a TDP of 280W.
The two other Threadripper processors in this series are the 24-core 3960X and the range-topping 64-core 3990X.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Impressive core count
  • Excellent performance on high frequency and on fast memory
  • Strong performance on low frequency and high frequency
Cons
  • Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition is a better value than TR 3960X

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 78% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Comfortable to use
  • Supports PCIe 4.0
  • Top-notch performance for content creation and gaming
  • Competitive pricing
  • Higher power efficiency than previous-gen Threadripper models
Cons
  • Not backward compatible with X399 boards
  • Only 16GB of RAM
  • Overkill as a gaming processor
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Specifications

Connectivity

CPU Socket
STRX4
PCI Express
64 lanes of PCIe 4.0

Construction

Form Factor
Desktop microprocessor
Lithography
7nm CCD / 14nm IO
Platform
AMD Zen 2 Core Architecture

Function

Operating Temperature
Max 95 °C
Overclockable
Yes
Processor | Cores
32 Cores
Processor | Threads
64 Threads

Performance

Cache
L1: 1 MB data + 1 MB instructions | L2: 16 MB | L3: 128 MB
Frequency
Base Clock: 3.7 GHz | Max Boost Clock: 4.5 GHz
Memory | Type
Quad channel DDR4, up to 3200MHz
Power Consumption
280 W TDP

Production

Debut
2019-11-25
Model Name
100-100000011WOF

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Ryzen Threadripper 3970X takes gaming and its gaming results to the max. You won't find a faster consumer-accessible processor in the world for $1,999. The jump to the Zen 2 7nm chiplet-based architecture has yielded huge improvements for this generation of Threadrippers.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Top-notch performance for content creation and gaming
  • Gorgeous design
  • Comfortable to use
Cons
  • Overkill as a gaming processor
  • Only 16GB of RAM

tomshardware[2]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
Threadripper 3000 comes packing AMD's Zen 2 microarchitecture that brings a notable IPC improvement. AMD spreads the design across four eight-core 'core chiplet die' (CCD), as opposed to two with the mainstream chips. AMD ties the compute chiplets together via the Infinity Fabric to a large central 12nm I/O die that houses two 32x PCIe Gen4 controllers and two dual-channel DDR4 memory controllers.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Higher power efficiency than previous-gen Threadripper models
  • Supports PCIe 4.0
  • Competitive pricing
Cons
  • Not backward compatible with X399 boards

User Reviews

References

1. ^ AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-threadripper-3970x. 2019-11-25. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
2. ^ AMD Threadripper 3970X and 3960X Review: High-End Domination. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-threadripper-3970x-review. 2019-12-20. Retrieved 2021-04-11.

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