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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X sees lowest ever pricing: Comet Lake effect on the 64-core 128-thread HEDT part?

The 64-core 128-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is now selling at its lowest-ever price (Image source: AMD)
The 64-core 128-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is now selling at its lowest-ever price (Image source: AMD)
Shortly after Intel brought its Comet Lake S desktop CPU lineup into play, AMD slashed prices on the 64-core 128-thread Threadripper 3990X. The premium HEDT part is now available for its lowest price yet.
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Seemingly in response to Intel's launch of its 10th generation Comet Lake S lineup, which includes the i9-10900K, the so-called "world's fastest processor" for gaming, AMD has cut prices on its 64-core, 128-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.

The HEDT part now sells at US$3449, a US$540 drop from its rather on-the-nose launch price of US$3990. The mammoth Threadripper 3990X, with 288 MB of Cache, a 280W TDP, and boost clocks up to 4.3 GHz, is among the highest-end HEDT solutions on the market. This isn't a CPU targeted towards gaming, but rather, towards game creators.

The move on pricing, as such, isn't in direct response to any particular Intel product out on the market right now. However, with the Comet Lake Xeon W lineup set to arrive in the months to come, AMD might be looking to pre-emptively cut prices before Intel's own HEDT parts hit the market.

Because AMD leverages a chiplet-based approach to processor design, costs scale more or less linearly -not exponentially- with core count, unlike Intel. This means that AMD's better-positioned to slash costs.

When the Comet Lake Xeon W lineup does arrive, we expect to see Threadripper 3990X prices drop further. We wouldn't be surprised to see pricing in the sub-US$3000 range.

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Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - Tech Writer - 453 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-05-30 (Update: 2020-05-30)