AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
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Year of release 2019
Performance 61.50

Summary

AMD started AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X sales 7 November 2019 at a recommended price of $1,999. This is high-end Matisse architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at home systems. It has 32 cores and 64 threads, and is based on 7 nm, 12 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 4500 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is AMD Socket TR4 processor with a TDP of 280 Watt. It supports DDR4 Eight-channel memory.

It provides good benchmark performance at

61.50%

of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX.

General info

Of Ryzen Threadripper 3970X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating24
Value for money8.55
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesAMD Ryzen Threadripper
Architecture codenameMatisse (2019−2020)
Release date7 November 2019 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$1,999of 305 (Core i7-870)
Price now$3561 (1.8x MSRP)of 14999 (Xeon Platinum 9282)
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Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores32 (Dotriaconta-Core)
Threads64
Base clock speed3.7 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed4.5 GHzof 5.5 (Core i9-12900KS)
Bus support8 × 16 GT/s
L1 cache2 MBof 1.5 (EPYC Embedded 3401)
L2 cache16 MBof 12 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache128 MBof 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography7 nm, 12 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
Number of transistors23540 Millionof 57000 (Apple M1 Max)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility+
Unlocked multiplier+

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen Threadripper 3970X compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1 (Uniprocessor)of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketTR4
Thermal design power (TDP)280 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

AES-NI+
AVX+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

AMD-V+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4 Eight-channelof 4800 (Ryzen 9 6980HX)
Maximum memory size256 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels4of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth102.403 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support+

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Ryzen Threadripper 3970X.

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Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Ryzen Threadripper 3970X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 61.50
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  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
  • GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 63737

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

Benchmark coverage: 37%

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 1255

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

Benchmark coverage: 37%

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 22337

Game benchmarks

Relative perfomance

Overall Ryzen Threadripper 3970X performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.


Intel equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen Threadripper 3970X by Intel is Core i9-12900KS, which is slower by 30% and lower by 37 positions in our rating.

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