When it comes to top-of-the-line processors, we all want a taste. So AMD’s announcement of the Threadripper 3990X, scheduled to release February 7th. The mouthwatering details are tempting, even if the price matches the name at $3,990. Call that poetic.
The 3990X has 64 cores and 128 threads with a base clock speed of 2.9GHz, and turbo of 4.3GHz. And L3 cache at a staggering 256MB. As a 280W chip, this level of power demands liquid cooling, and we’ve got you covered with a number of options.
What’s incredible is AMD’s recommendation for the rig you should have. The company suggests at least 1GB of DDR4 RAM per core, but 2GB is preferable. That makes sense, considering the sheer scale of the offering. With how much data the Threadripper can process and move, simultaneously thanks to so many cores and threads, expect this $4K chip to fit nicely along with a $10K rig, including 128GB of RAM, a few GPUs, and some very sick cooling options.
For more details read through AnandTech’s coverage at CES