AMD Explains why there Won’t be a 48 Core Threadripper

AMD has mostly sidelined Intel in the High-End Desktop (HEDT) space with the launch of the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. You’ve got a 24 core CPU, a 32-core and the monster 64 core 3990X. However, there was no mention of a 48 core part. TomsHardware sat down with AMD’s Robert Hallock who explained why we won’t be seeing a 48 core Threadripper anytime soon.

A 48 core chip would only be logical seeing that the 3990X is almost twice as fast (and twice as expensive) compared to the 32 core 3970X. It would also give users who can’t afford the $4,000 TR 3990X with a more reasonable option.

Cores / ThreadsBase / BoostTDPMSRP
Threadripper 3990X64/1282.9/4.3 GHz280W$3,990
Threadripper 3970X32/643.7/4.5 GHz280W$1,999
Threadripper 3960X24/483.8/4.5 GHz280W$1,399

However, Hallock told Toms that AMD has no plans to launch a 48 core Threadripper, at least for the time being. He claimed that last year’s Threadripper sales made them realize that customers either opt for the fastest chip or the “sweet-spot” product, which in case of the 3rd Gen TR lineup is the 32 core 3970X.

AMD’s 64 core Threadripper 3990X is basically an overclocked Epyc Rome chip. It’s the single socket Epyc 7742 operating at an insane 3+GHz and instead of the SP3, it’s running on a TR4 socket. Keeping the TDP unchanged at 280W was quite impressive. On the other hand, we’ve got Intel with their 10-core Comet Lake-S flagship chugging an insane 300W.

AMD’s 3rd Gen Threadripper lineup offers performance in line with Intel’s $10,000 Xeon 8280s at less than a fraction of the price. This is all thanks to the chiplet design that lets AMD pack as many as 64 cores on a single socket. Intel’s monolithic design makes it hard to go past the 28 core mark. No wonder those parts cost an insane $20K.



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