Now that AMD has unveiled the first 7nm Ryzen 3rd Generation processors, what does the future look like for Threadripper 3rd Generation – the next line of HEDT processors?
AMD ' s new Zen 2 architecture was shown at CES 2019, with promises of dramatically improved performance and efficiency. This is absolutely exciting news for anyone looking for an upgrade to a new Ryzen chip, but we are specifically here about Threadripper 3rd Generation. So make sure you keep this page as a bookmark, and we'll keep it updated with the latest AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation news and rumors.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? AMD ' s next line of HEDT processors
- When will it be out? Probably summer 2019
- What will it cost? TBD
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd generation release date
AMD did not come out and announced the release date for the next Threadripper chips, but the last two generations have had fairly consistent release dates, so we have a solid basis for speculation.
Both the original Threadripper and Threadripper 2nd Generation were launched in August 2017 and 2018 respectively. We are pretty sure that AMD will follow this general release schedule this time, but of course we don't know for sure.
The Zen 2 architecture will be launched mid-2019, probably in Q2 or Q3, in the form of consumer-oriented Ryzen chips. Currently, rumors indicate a July release date for consumer-focused Ryzen 3rd Generation chips.
AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, has in fact suggested that she would provide ' new details about the next generation of powerful AMD platforms and products ' on Computex 2019. We do not know for sure if Threadripper includes 3rd Generation chips, such as AMD ' s releasing HEDT chips after consumer-focused chips. However, if Threadripper is a no-show at Computex, you can place your money on an IFA 2019 appearance.
We will update this article as soon as we hear more substantial rumors about the release date.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd generation prize
Now, so far ahead of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation launch, we don't have official pricing information, but we can look at previous generations to get an idea of what AMD ' s next HEDT chips will cost.
The original line-up of Threadripper excelled with the $ 999 (£ 999, AU $ 1,439) AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, but the second generation introduced surprisingly cheaper replacements. There were also two higher specified – and more expensive – additions. We believe that Threadripper 3rd Generation will follow this latest model.
The prices of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2nd generation chips are as follows:
- Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX: $ 1,799 (£ 1,639, AU $ 2,679)
- Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX: $ 1,299 (£ 1,159, AU $ 2,039)
- Ryzen Threadripper 2950X: $ 899 (£ 809, AU $ 1,415)
- Ryzen Threadripper 2920X: $ 649 (£ 583, AU $ 1,019)
AMD can surprise us very well and introduce an even higher SKU, but we don't think this is likely. Keep an eye on us and we will update this page as soon as we hear information about the price information of Threadripper 3rd Generation.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation specs
With AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation we expect a huge boom in core numbers, efficiency and performance per core with Threadripper 3rd Generation. If you need a refresher course on last year's Threadripper lineup specifications, they are as follows:
- Ryzen Threadripper 2920X: 12-cores, 24-threads, clocked at 3.5 GHz to 4.3 GHz
- Ryzen Threadripper 2950X: 16-cores, 32-threads, clocked at 3.5 GHz to 4.4 GHz
- Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX: 24-cores, 48-threads, clocked at 3.0 GHz to 4.2 GHz
- Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX: 32-cores, 64-threads, clocked at 3.0 GHz to 4.2 GHz
We are sure that with the move to 7nm AMD will improve the specifications enormously. But with Threadripper 3rd Generation or Castle Peak, rumors are thin on the ground. However, there is a lot of buzz about the AMD Ryzen 3000 series, not to mention the 64-core AMD Epyc server CPU.
Although we have seen speculation suggesting that the AMD Ryzen 9 will have 3850X 16-cores and 32-threads with a maximum clock of 5.1 GHz, that has not yet been confirmed. What we do know officially is that Ryzen 3rd Generation will contain at least an 8-Core Ryzen processor that matches the Cinebench score of the Intel Core i9-9900K.
AMD also showed the system strength in its test, the entire system ran at only 130W during the Cinebench run, compared to the 180W of the Intel system. We do not know at what frequency this chip ran, but this high performance combined with the high efficiency are promising for all Threadripper chips from Zen 2.
In addition, the chip that AMD demonstrated showed that 8-wire boxes are smaller than the IO die. What this means for Threadripper is many more cores in the same amount of space. It is possible that we could see a 64-core Threadripper chip in 2019.
It would not even be the first 64-core processor in AMD ' s setup. Team Red recently showed its latest Epyc processors, based on its Rome microarchitecture, with up to 64 cores.
If AMD is able to bring those high core counts to Castle Peak HEDT processors, we can see that AMD absolutely dominates Intel's Basin Falls Refresh – and possibly the Cascade Lake-X family that it is known to be to follow. And if Intel can't respond with anything other than 14nm silicon, AMD could claim the HEDT throne, just as Intel ' s mainstream sales fell.
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