AMD’s 64 Core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is Capable of Running @ 4.2GHz

We all remember AMD’s 64 Core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, the first 64-core HEDT chip. It competes with…well, no one. Intel’s closest part is the 18-core i9-10980XE but in most cases, it fails to keep up with even the Ryzen 9 3950X. An older 14nm node, lower clock speeds and terrible thermals make the Cascade Lake parts utterly incapable of competing with rival Threadripper chips. However, what if I told you that the 64 Core 3990X can run at a whopping 4.2GHz, not across all cores of course, but at least on the best 4-8.

There’s not a whole lot to see here, except how incredible AMD’s Zen 2 architecture really is. Thanks to TSMC’s cutting-edge 7nm process and a lot of liquid nitrogen, a 64 core CPU is able to hit a quad-core boost of 4+GHz. Although the majority of the cores are still running at around 2GHz, the faster cores will go a long way in boosting the performance in many applications, especially latency-sensitive ones.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have been writing about computer hardware for over seven years with more than 5000 published articles. Started off during engineering college and haven't stopped since. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Divinity, Torment, Baldur's Gate and so much more... Contact:
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