Processor has ultimate power
All new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X CPU 64 core, 128 thread processor designed for the high-end desktop market. The CPU is a variant of AMD Enterprise EPYC processor line offering more frequency and a higher power budget fewer PCIe, and a lower memory capacity support. The 3990X is at that cusp between consumer and enterprise based on its features and cost and it is ultimately going to compete against both. Users who don’t necessarily need all of the 64 core EPYC features might turn to the 3990X whereas consumers who need more than 32 cores are going to look here as well.
The new CPU, the 3990X, comes at the hefty price of $1 per ‘X’ (because it’s called the 3990X and costs $3990, get it?). With 64 cores it has a rated base frequency of 2.9 GHz, and a turbo of 4.3 GHz. In our testing, we saw the single core frequency go as high as 4.35 GHz, above the rated turbo, and the all-core turbo around 3.45 GHz.
we put the 3990X against the EPYC 7702P, the 64-core single socket offering on the enterprise side, then the 3990X has a higher thermal window (280W vs 200W) to enable higher frequencies (2.9/4.3 vs 2.0/3.35) and is cheaper ($3990 vs $4425) but it only has half the memory channels only 4 compared to 8, half the PCIe lanes only 64 compared to 128 and no registered memory support.
The question here is whether the workload the user is looking at requires more memory/PCIe for the EPYC, or more raw CPU performance for the Threadripper.
Then there’s the competition against the Intel processors. In the high-end desktop market, Intel has nothing to compete, with the maximum product at 18 cores. It does offer a 28-core workstation part, the W-3175X, which is unlocked, with a TDP of 255W, six memory channels, 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes, at a high cost of $2999. Then there’s the server CPUs – if we want parity to the 64 cores of the 3990X, we either need to use a single Xeon Platinum 9282 with 56 cores, which isn’t available without a big contract and it has an unknown price ($25k+?), or dual Xeon Platinum 8280s, with two lots of 28 cores, at a tray price of $20018.
Ryzen work with ASUS ROG Zenith II Alpha Motherboard
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