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Here’s the cheapest 64-core CPU currently on the market

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X
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If you're looking to grab the cheapest 64-core CPU available on the market right now, Amazon is the place to flock to.

Despite the arrival of the cheapest AMD Epyc yet, the 7662, it's the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X that remains by far the most affordable 64-core processor with 128 threads.

The world’s largest online retailer sells it for $3989.99 (roughly £3,100/$AU6,000), but a special $33.25 discount at checkout makes it even cheaper. Free Amazon tech support is included and Amazon will send it to most territories - including Australia and the UK - for a nominal fee that doesn’t include taxes.

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 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X CPU - $3989.99 at Amazon
This CPU is probably overkill for most, but consider this a statement of intent from AMD, a company that has long been in the shadow of its nemesis Intel. You'll probably get better value for money from lower core count CPUs, such as the Ryzen 9. But if money is no object, the 3990X is the best available right now.

With 288MB cache and a maximum boost frequency of 4.3GHz, this is the 800-pound gorilla of the CPU world. It supports quad-channel DDR4 and a total of 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes. Just be aware it doesn’t include a heat sink fan and, at 280W TDP, will require substantial cooling.

This third generation Ryzen is the most powerful desktop HEDT processor to date and will be an ideal fit for those looking to add some AMD firepower to their video editing or their 3D modelling workstation.

You'll need to pair it with some serious RAM modules to make the most out of its capabilities, plus a souped-up power supply unit and motherboard equipped with a TRX40 chipset.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.