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MSI blunder confirms existence of incredible 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X with 64 cores and 128 threads of processing power

MSI's Creator TRX40 motherboard supports AMD's 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadrippers. (Image source: MSI)
MSI's Creator TRX40 motherboard supports AMD's 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadrippers. (Image source: MSI)
A promo video from MSI has seemingly shown off AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X by accident. The clip was focusing on the manufacturer’s Creator TRX40 board that is capable of supporting the new 3rd Gen Threadrippers. However, a system clue has apparently given away the fact that it was not a Threadripper 3960X or 3970X behind the scenes.

MSI clearly didn’t reckon on some of the hawk-eyed spotters at Wccftech noticing something curious in the manufacturer’s Creator TRX40 promo clip. A subtle slip may have just given away the existence of another Threadripper processor right after AMD just completed the unveiling of the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and the Threadripper 3970X. A 64-core giant has long been rumored to be on the cards, and it looks like the flagship SKU has now been confirmed.

In the MSI video (which has since been more carefully edited), there is a desktop system being put through its paces using the new Creator TRX40 motherboard. At one point, Windows Task Manager is clearly shown on the monitor, displaying the number of threads currently running on the computer. Thanks to a screenshot (see below) it’s possible to count the number of horizontal processes (16) by the number of vertical processes (8), which gives a total of 128 processes. A 64-core 128-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X would be capable of this kind of processing performance.

Wccftech opines that it’s not another chip at play nor is it more than one CPU at work, as the MSI Creator TRX40 motherboard only has the space for a single processor. The Creator TRX40 has been designed with the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadrippers in mind, so it seems to be a reasonable presumption that a 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X was behind those 128 processes.

Little is known about the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X beyond its expected core/thread count. It’s rumored it will cost in the US$3,000 region and could be officially announced when its 3rd Gen stable-mates are launched (November 25). However, it will apparently be January 2020 before we can actually find out the full specifications of AMD’s 64-core HEDT chip.

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Task manager showing 128 processes. (Image source: MSI/Wccftech)
Task manager showing 128 processes. (Image source: MSI/Wccftech)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-11- 9 (Update: 2019-11- 9)