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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X, and 3990X expected to be announced on November 5, require new TRX40 chipsets and new sockets

The AMD Threadripper 3000 series will be announced on November 5. (Source: Wccftech)
The AMD Threadripper 3000 series will be announced on November 5. (Source: Wccftech)
The upcoming AMD Threadripper 3000 series lineup will have three variants that would launch in November. The Threadripper 3960X and 3970X are expected to be announced on November 5 and benchmark data will be available on November 19. The flagship Threadripper 3990X will be teased along with the other SKUs but is expected to be fully unveiled only during CES 2020. All Threadripper 3000 processors will require new chipsets and sockets and will not be compatible with existing X399 motherboards.

AMD has three new Threadripper processors lined up for a November launch, according to information obtained by Videocardz. These include the Threadripper 3960X, 3970X, and the 3990X. The Threadripper 3960X and 3970X will be unveiled on November 5 with review embargo lifting on November 19. The Threadripper 3990X will be officially launched during CES 2020 although, it will still be teased alongside the other two Threadrippers. The Threadripper 3980X can also be expected to be unveiled during CES 2020. 

The specifications of the 3rd generation Threadrippers are all speculation as of now, but there is some credible information doing the rounds online. This generation will also see the introduction of 280W TDP SKUs, up from the 250W ones seen in Threadripper 2. The base SKU will be the Threadripper 3960X with 24 cores and 48 threads with a 250W TDP. Next comes the Threadripper 3970X with 32 cores and 64 threads (250W) followed by the Threadripper 3980X with 48 cores and 96 threads (280W). Finally, the flagship SKU will be the Threadripper 3990X with 64 cores and 128 threads and a 280W TDP. Base and boost clocks are still not known at this point.

The Threadripper 3rd generation will also see a new socket and possibly, separate platforms for 'Enthusiast' and 'Workstation' use cases. Reports seem to indicate that Threadripper 3000 will not be backward compatible with the current X399 chipset and instead, will require a new TRX40, TRX80, or WRX80 chipset. The new chipsets will also be featuring a new socket with additional power pins required for PCIe Gen4. Check out the images below for specifications and thermal requirements of the chipsets as was revealed by GamersNexus last month. 

With such massive core counts, it will be interesting to see the kind of multi-core benchmark records the Threadripper 3000 series will be setting in the coming weeks. Although we've seen the 18-core Intel Cascade Lake-X Core i9-10980XE surpassing the Threadripper 2950X in Geekbench, we have also seen it fall significantly behind an alleged 32-core Threadripper 3000 processor in the same benchmark. Intel currently has no HEDT offerings to counter the extreme core counts expected in upcoming Theadripper processors and if priced right, AMD could have a winner once again. 

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Expected Threadripper 3 core counts and TDP specs. (Source: Videocardz)
Expected Threadripper 3 core counts and TDP specs. (Source: Videocardz)
Threadripper TRX4 and WRX8 chipset specifications. (Source: GamersNexus)
Threadripper TRX4 and WRX8 chipset specifications. (Source: GamersNexus)
Threadripper TRX4 and WRX8 thermal requrements. Group A - HEDT, Group B - Workstation (Source: GamersNexus)
Threadripper TRX4 and WRX8 thermal requrements. Group A - HEDT, Group B - Workstation (Source: GamersNexus)
New AMD TRX40 boards coming in November. (Source: ReHWolution on Twitter)
New AMD TRX40 boards coming in November. (Source: ReHWolution on Twitter)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-10-20 (Update: 2019-10-20)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.