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Leo Says Ep. 44: AMD Threadripper Episode

Today Leo is back with another episode of Leo Says, and the main focus in this episode is AMD Ryzen 3950X and the upcoming HEDT processors from both AMD and Intel. Leo dives deeper into the detail of specifications for the new platforms and builds a new system of his own.


Ryzen 9 3950X has arrived and Luke loves the performance of 16-cores on the desktop that is combined with an ungodly level of power efficiency, however, it is not due on sale until 25th November.

Luke will be joining Leo for a ’Luke and Leo Say’ soonish

We don’t have long to wait until Intel launches 10th Gen HEDT Cascade Lake X and AMD launches Threadripper 3960X and 3970X.

We know Threadripper is coming on 25th November and VideoCardz tells us Intel 10th gen HEDT will launch at the same time on the same day.

Core i9-10980XE looks like reasonable value for money at £1,000, but clearly it is elderly and a grand is a grand where Ryzen 9-3950X is expected to cost £750.

Threadripper 3000
$1,400 3960X 24-cores
$2,000 3970 32-cores

There were rumours of 3990X coming in January 2020 and then we saw an MSI leak that appears to confirm there will be a 64-core Threadripper.

What will that cost $4k? $5k?

The really big news is the TRX40 platform for Threadripper 3000 which also goes on sale on 25th November. While TRX40 looks similar to X399, AMD tells us that Threadripper 1000/2000 CPUs will not work with TRX40 and Threadripper 3000 will not work with X399. The new platform uses Zen 2 architecture to provide PCI Express 4.0 storage and graphics.

With X399 the connection between CPU and chipset was 4x Gen 3 PCIe lanes and this has now doubled with TRX40 to 8x Gen 4 lanes in each direction. TRX40 has a total of 88 lanes of PCIe bandwidth and when you deduct the 16 lanes of interconnect you will see that leaves 72 useable PCIe lanes for storage, expansion cards and graphics.

AMD has stated that 2nd Gen Threadrippers will continue to be on sale so X399 is not yet End Of Life.

Yup, I have built a new PC and am moving from a 12-core 1920X to a 12-core 2920X and am also switching from GTX 1080 graphics to RTX 2080.

Case: Phanteks Evolv X
Processor: AMD Threadripper 2920X (12C/24T, 4.7GHz all cores)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X399 Aorus Xtreme
Memory: 32GB G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200MHz
Graphics card: Nvidia RTX 2080 Founders Edition 8GB
Power supply: Seasonic Prime Platinum 1300W

Note to the neat freaks: I am waiting for a delivery from Cable Mods of some nifty cables that will finish off the build.

Custom Loop Cooling
Pump Aqua Computer D5 NEXT
Reservoir Singularity Protium 200m polished acrylic
CPU Block Watercool Heatkiller IV
GPU Block and back plate EKWB Vector Nickel and Black
Black Ice GTS 360mm X-Flow
Alphacool NexXxos ST30 240mm
Fans 5x 120mm Phanteks PWM and 1x NB BlackSilent Pro
Fittings Thermaltake 16mm C-PRO
Coolant Corsair XL5

KitGuru uses a variety of equipment to produce content: Panasonic GH5 and GH5s Cameras
Panasonic GH4 Cameras
Panasonic G7 Cameras
DJI OSMO Pocket Cameras
Canon Cameras
Various PC builds

Final output – colour grading/titling etc:
iMac Pro 18 Core/Vega 64/128GB
iMac 2019 9900k Vega 48/64/1TB
Adobe Premiere Pro CC (PC)
Davinci Resolve Studio 14/15 (Mac)
iPad Pro 12.9 inch (2018) machines with LumaFusion
Final Cut Pro (Mac)

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