New AMD Threadripper CPUs are here, but look out for Black Friday Ryzen deals
New AMD Threadripper CPUs are here, but look out for Black Friday 2019 Ryzen deals.
These high end desktop (HEDT) processors are much more expensive than mainstream processors when they’re new. The new Ryzen Threadripper 3970X, for instance is $1,999 (about £1,560, AU$2,900), which is a huge ask, but last year’s Threadripper 2970WX is already just $916 on Amazon in the US, down a whopping $383 from its price back when it launched in August 2018.
Now, we haven’t tested the Threadripper 3970X, but it should be able to handily beat last year’s model – the core count is bumped up to 32-cores from 24-cores, after all. Still, for most people who would be on the market for an HEDT processor like enthusiasts, professional video editors and 3D modelers, you can save a ton of cash by going with last year’s model.
And, it’s not just the processor that you’ll save money on, either. Threadripper 3rd Generation processors are going to be using the new TRX40 socket which means existing TR4 motherboards simply won’t cut it. And, trust us – HEDT motherboards aren’t cheap.
But, what about the Ryzen 9 3950X?
Now, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will be coming out alongside next-gen Threadripper processors on November 25 for $749 (about £580, AU$1,080). And, if you’re after a mainstream processor in that class, you’re probably going to have a hard time making do with an older processor. There really aren’t any 16-core processors in the mainstream. But you can still find some killer deals on an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X – just saying.
Either way, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X might still be on your list if you’re looking for a processor that can handle heavy workloads but isn’t quite in the HEDT space. And, because the Ryzen 9 3950X is using the same X570 chipset that’s been out since July, you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be some killer Black Friday motherboard deals that you can take advantage of.
Building a computer for Black Friday it is, then.
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