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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 24-core CPU spotted, hinting there’ll be a 64-core flagship

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X is the name of one of AMD’s incoming 3rd-gen chips, and it’s a 24-core processor, at least according to an Ashes of the Singularity benchmark which mentions the CPU.

This was spotted by the prolific leaker TUM_APISAK, who spotted the processor clearly labelled in the benchmark and tweeted it without any further comment.

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So it would seem that the 3960X is the name of the incoming 24-core (48-thread) CPU which is to be the initial top-dog offering of Ryzen Threadripper 3rd-gen set to debut in November as previously revealed by AMD.

Looking at the current-gen Threadripper chips, it’s the 2970X which is the 24-core model – compared to the ‘60X’ with the next-gen products. Which would seem to suggest that Ryzen Threadripper 3rd-gen will step up the core counts through the range.

Speculation runs that the 3970X will therefore have 32-cores, and the 3980X 48-cores, with a flagship 3990X brimming with 64-cores (128-threads). Naturally, bear in mind that this is pure guesswork, based on an unsubstantiated leak too.

Epyc clues

However, the leak is from a reputable source, and as Videocardz points out, yesterday witnessed another leak from the AMD Master Product list (spotted by another well-known leaker on Twitter, Komachi). This particular spillage appears to confirm that Threadripper 3rd-gen chips will have a TDP of up to 280W. And that matches the TDP of the 64-core Epyc server processor AMD has just unleashed, funnily enough…

So putting two and two together with all this, are we ending up with 64 for Ryzen Threadripper 3rd-gen? Okay, so that maths doesn’t add up, but this speculation might.

After all, this isn’t the first we’ve heard of a possible 64-core flagship for the new Threadripper chips – the CPU has been rumored in the past, so maybe we’re justified in getting a little more excited now.

Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel - 'I Know What You Did Last Supper' - was published by Hachette UK in 2013).