AMD is set to close out the year on a high note. As promised, the company will be delivering its latest 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X processor, built with two 7nm TSMC chiplets, to the consumer platform for $749. Not only this, but AMD today has lifted the covers on its next generation Threadripper platform, which includes Zen 2-based chiplets, a new socket, and an astounding 4x increase in CPU-to-chipset bandwidth.

This year AMD is presenting its ‘Fall 2019 Desktop Update’, covering the new products for the holiday season. Q4 is historically a good target for increased consumer sales, as long as the products hit the right price point and are available in volume for the peak shopping periods. We’ve been waiting mercilessly for more details about the crème-de-la-crème of what AMD has to offer with its 7nm product portfolio for both mainstream Ryzen desktop processors, but also the creator and workstation focused 3rd Gen Threadripper. After continuously requesting information from CEO Lisa Su since the middle of the year, AMD is lifting the lid on the product details, pricing, and launch dates.

The short version of today’s announcement revolves around several parts, in completely different markets.

  • The Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core CPU for desktops
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Gen Family: Starting with the 24-core 3960X and 32-core 3970X
  • New TRX40 motherboards for the new Threadripper Processors
  • A new $49 Athlon 3000G for the entry level market

All of this hardware is set to come to market through the month of November at the following dates:

  • Ryzen 9 3950X: Retail on November 25
  • TR 3960X and TR 3970X on November 25th
  • TRX40 motherboards on November 25th
  • Athlon 3000G on November 19th

One key takeaway from today’s announcements is how AMD is moving the traditional desktop and high-end desktop markets. When CEO Dr. Lisa Su was asked earlier this year what will happen to Threadripper as the mainstream Ryzen family moves ‘up’ in performance, her response was that ‘Threadripper will move up-up’. To that effect, we are seeing AMD’s delineation between mainstream desktop and high-end desktop move up to between 16-core and 24-core, with room at the top for more cores if AMD wants to go that way.

Our Group Interview with Dr. Lisa Su at Computex 2019

This new hardware is also breaking new records for enthusiast CPU TDP values, as well as representing new ground on the latest 7nm process technology now available to the wider market. Details about pricing, TDP, AMD’s strategy, AMD’s performance numbers, TRX40 chipset information, and analysis of the announcements are all inside.

Ryzen 9 3950X: Retail on November 25th
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  • evernessince - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    A slight increase in price doesn't make it Intel. You also have to consider the included features like PCI 4.0 and a monstrous amount of lanes.

    Compare that to Intel, which increased prices while providing the same core count, feature set, and extremely small IPC increases.
  • RavenRampkin - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    So the 3000G is basically a CS:GO cruncher on a budget 👍
    Also it's good they're taking their time with the 3950X cause imho distant but realistic deadlines > watery "soon™" > short but unfulfilled deadline. Sadly AMD seems to have been thru all 3 stages at this point...
  • Spoelie - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    Not so sure about that, I would've probably upgraded to 3950X if it was there on the initial launch day, but now it feels it makes more sense to wait for Ryzen 4000/Zen 3 - it's only another 6 months. I upgraded from 2700X to a 3700X to tie me over in the meantime
  • SquarePeg - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    It'll probably be more like 10 months as Ryzen release dates have been slipping back a bit with each new generation. I would expect Ryzen 4000 to be available mid to late Q3 2020.
  • wishgranter - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    Gigabyte MoBos
  • Marlin1975 - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    So no news on the B550 chipset? :(
  • haukionkannel - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    Next year... as it was always expected from the x570 release.
  • sor - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    I’m sort of wishing they announced a full line, even if they are only launching two in November. I have no idea if I want to wait and see what else is coming or buy now.
  • deil - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    $55 --> $49 with slight performance boost?
    now can I please get any microitx board to make this most powerful smart tv?
    I wonder why we cannot get super small am4 boards for so long?
  • Targon - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    There are ITX boards out there for Ryzen, but considering that the processors themselves have tended to be more powerful, putting them into a small system can be problematic. The new 7nm processors solve some of those problems, though I wish AMD would have released 7nm APUs by now.

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