AMD had planned to unveil the third generation of the core heavy Threadripper CPUs on the 5th of November initially. Then they had to shift to November 7th with sales embargo moved to the date Intel plans to unveil their premium Core-X lineup. One may feel that both companies are slacking. However, it is the “pre-release competition” that we usually see in the GPU market. It not only helps in measuring the strengths and weaknesses of the opponents but also allows the company to have last-minute adjustments in prices and availability regimes.
We reported that waiting for the opposition may not be the best strategy in the case of Intel, but AMD may actually get a huge benefit since they are currently at the driving seat of the high-performance desktop market. Regardless, according to the currently available information, AMD will unveil its products early on the 7th of November. However, sales will start on the 25th of November, which happens to be the rumored release date of the Core-X series. In retrospect, AMD is playing with the launch of Intel hardware same as what they did with Nvidia when they launched the RX 5700 series of graphics cards.
We still have to wait for a day for an official release; however, we have a fresh batch of rumors revolving around the third-gen Threadripper CPUs that approves not only the previous rumors but also provide extra information. According to a report from Tomshardware, a South African provider of tech products has listed two SKUs of the Threadripper lineup, which has not even been announced yet. These were discovered by a whistleblower momomo_us, who posted screenshots of the listings of Threadripper 3970X and 3960X processors. These were then taken down by the Wootware.
Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
The screenshots contain ample information about the alleged core count and the clock speeds of the processors. The Ryzen Threadripper 3970X comes with hyperthreaded 32 cores that have a base clock speed of 3GHz and boost clock speeds of 4.2Ghz. The core count and clock speed are very similar to the Threadripper 2990WX; however, the L3 cache is greatly improved. The processor supports 64MB of L2 cache and 256MB of L3 cache.
Ryzen Threadripper 3960X
The Ryzen Threadripper 3960X leak paints a similar picture. It is a hyperthreaded 24 core CPU with a base clock speed of 3.5Ghz and a boost clock speed of 4.7Ghz. The clock speeds are marginally higher than the Threadripper 2970WX. Moreover, the cache is the same as its 32-core counterpart.