System76 unveils the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X powered Thelio Major desktop with a battery of comparison tests that will make your CPU whimper
The American computer manufacturer and champion of Linux, System76, has unveiled the Thelio Major desktop SKU that boasts of a mighty 64-core, 128-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X inside it. Prices for the powerful computer start at US$2,299 but that’s only if you choose the “basic” components, such as a 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 2920X, 16 GB dual-channel RAM, and a 2 GB Radeon RX 550. If you want to plump for the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X then you will see that price shoot up to a whopping US$6,747.
In fact, System76’s huge amount of configuration options could leave you with a Ryzen Threadripper 3990X-powered Thelio Major desktop that costs over US$15,000 – and that does not include the display or accessories! However, you would be able to tell your friends that you have a computer with AMD’s Threadripper 3990X along with 256 GB quad-channel RAM, 2 TB NVMe + 4 TB NVMe SSDs, 40 TB HDD, a Titan RTX GPU and a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU – and a massive electricity bill. System76 has also provided those tempted by AMD’s latest with three “CPU-intensive workloads” just so you can witness how pathetic your current processor is in comparison.
The three benchmarks consist of modifying an image, compiling the Linux kernel, and processing a complex render. According to System76, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X managed these complex tasks in 44 seconds, 24 seconds, and 76 seconds, respectively. Good luck beating those benchmark times if you don’t currently have a 64-core chip costing almost US$4,000 in your machine. Of course, you might wonder about how to cool this overpowering beast; System76 has been careful to keep the 3990X away from any hot GPUs thanks to the presence of a large 140-mm duct. If you’re desperate for a 3rd Gen Threadripper from AMD, System76 also offers the Thelio Major with a Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, starting from US$3,798.