AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X: specs and benchmarks

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X


AMD started AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X sales 25 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 73.09 percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

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

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Market segment
Desktop processor
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
Architecture codename
Launch date
25 November 2019 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
Price now
$2060 (1x MSRP)

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 cores
32 (Dotriaconta-Core)
Base clock speed
3.7 GHz
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed
4.5 GHz
Bus support
8 × 16 GT/s
L1 cache
96K (per core)
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
512K (per core)
L3 cache
128 MB
Chip lithography
7 nm, 12 nm
of 5 (Apple M1)
Number of transistors
19,200 million
of 16000 (Apple M1)
64 bit support
Unlocked multiplier


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 configuration
1 (Uniprocessor)
Thermal design power (TDP)
280 Watt

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.


Virtualization technologies

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


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 types
DDR4 Eight-channel
of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Max memory channels
Maximum memory bandwidth
102.403 GB/s
ECC memory support

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.



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.


Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

This processor matches 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.


Intel equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen Threadripper 3970X from Intel is Core i9-10980XE, which is slower by 47% and lower by 26 positions in our rating.

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