AMD’s existing 3rd generation Ryzen Threadripper HEDT CPUs is currently represented by three SKUs: the 3960X, the 3970X, and the 3990X. Now, details of what could possibly be a 3980X CPU has made its way to the internet, suggesting AMD may be planning to expand its HEDT lineup.
The details in question come in the form of a photo of the CPU-Z that was posted on Twitter and was subsequently picked up by the popular leakster site, Videocardz. According to the image, the alleged 3980X, codenamed castle peak, has a max TDP of 280W, and like the other three Threadripper processors, it’s based on AMD current 7nm Zen2 CPU architecture.
The takeaway here, however, is that the CPU is supposedly bearing a 48-cores, 96-threads layout. Within the 3rd generation Ryzen Threadripper hierarchy, that would, very obviously, put it squarely between the 3970X and 3990X. Moreover, it also looks like the processor’s base clock hovers around the 2.9GHz plateau, although it’s boost clock still remains a mystery.
There are, very naturally, questions about the authenticity of the image that even we find ourselves asking. For example, the name may state that the CPU is a 3980X, but if you look at the specification section, it shows the CPU still being listed as 3990X. On that note, CPU-Z essentially draws the CPU’s information from the specification section, meaning that the performance details we’re looking at are indeed the 3990X’s, and not the former.
With that said, do take this news with a generous dose of skepticism until some official statement from AMD is made.