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System76 unveils the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X powered Thelio Major desktop with a battery of comparison tests that will make your CPU whimper

System76's Thelio Major is now available with AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. (Image source: System76)
System76's Thelio Major is now available with AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. (Image source: System76)
System76 has added the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X in the list of configurable options for its Thelio Major desktop. The computer operates on either Ubuntu or Pop!_OS, and it’s possible to fit up to two graphics cards inside it, with choices ranging from AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT to Nvidia’s RTX Titan. System76 also shows how the 3990X will shame your current CPU in some handy tests.

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.

Thelio Major. (Image source: System76)
Thelio Major. (Image source: System76)
Cooling solution. (Image source: System76)
Cooling solution. (Image source: System76)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-02- 9 (Update: 2020-02- 9)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.