AMD Launches Ryzen 64 Core Threadripper 3990X: CES 2020

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Ever since AMD introduced its Threadripper lineup, it is dominating the market by offering more cores at incomparable prices. Now the new AMD Ryzen 64 Core Threadripper 3990X processor is here to show off its outstanding rendering performance at CES 2020.

World’s Most Powerful Desktop CPU

Proudly boasting as the world’s first 64 core desktop processor, Threadripper 3990X CPU also stands tall supporting 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes. Due to the latest ZEN 2 architecture, this 64 core Threadripper is able to achieve amazing boost clocks up to 4.3GHz. Whereas the base clock is set to 2.9GHz which is still much higher considering the number of cores.

To ensure smooth system performance, you will definitely require a liquid cooling solution as this processor can experience high temperatures under heavy workloads. Just like 3960X and 3970X CPUs, Threadripper 3990X will support the latest sTRX4 socket for the new TRX40 motherboards.

Overtaking Intel

Moving back a few years, it was Intel all over the place. But with the introduction of the new Ryzen lineup, things started changing. While Intel is still struggling to bring 10nm desktop processors in the market, AMD is out with its new 7nm processors for both mobile and desktop platforms. AMD Ryzen 64 core Threadripper also incorporates 7nm architecture that allows more cores to fit inside a single chip.

Faster Quad Channel Memory

Like all the Ryzen 3rd generation Threadripper processors, 3990X will feature quad-channel DDR4 memory with speeds of 3200MHz. The previous generation Threadripper could only support memory speeds of 2933MHz.

Memory Requirements

All of the cores and threads are worthless if you don’t have enough RAM. To utilize the potential of the new AMD 64core Threadripper 3990X, you need at least 1GB of RAM per core. This drives the minimum memory requirement up to 64GB. Bear in mind that 64GB RAM is the minimum, you will likely need much more memory for better rendering performance.

A Gift for Content Creators

Content creators working on large screens require lots of cores, threads, SSDs, GPUs, and memory for rendering huge files. But due to system limitations, they need to set up multiple systems. Now with massive support 64 core, 128 threads, 288MB cache, and 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes, 3990X opens the door for a large number of NVMe drives, GPUs and other peripherals in a single chip.

Huge Amount of Cache

In terms of cache, Threadripper 3990X features a total of 288MB cache memory where L1, L2, and L3 supports 4MB, 32MB, and 256MB respectively. Such a giant amount of cache helps to eliminate any lag while accessing large data files.


Even with higher clock speeds, cores, threads, and PCIe lanes, 3990X maintains the same TDP of 280W as other Threadripper 3 processors. As mentioned above, you will need powerful liquid cooling solutions to keep the temperatures under control.

Pricing and Availability

Surprisingly, the new 64 core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X will release very soon on February 7, 2020, at a price of just $3,990 USD. We will definitely see the adoption of 3990X in lots of motion picture studios.

64 Core Threadripper 3990X Specifications and Comparison

Threadripper 3990XThreadripper 3970XThreadripper 3960X
Base Clock2.9GHz3.7GHz3.8GHz
Boost Clock4.3GHz4.5GHz4.5GHz
L1 Cache4MB3MB2.25MB
L2 Cache32MB16MB12MB
L3 Cache256MB128MB128MB
Memory Channels444
Memory Speed3200MHz3200MHz3200MHz
Memory TypeDDR4 DDR4 DDR4
PCIe Version4.04.04.0

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Ishaan Sarna
Ishaan Sarna

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