Rumored AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3980X 48-Core Monster CPU Appears In Curious Leak

Forget about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, what we have here is a curious case of a CPU-Z screenshot purporting to show an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3980X processor. This is a part that has not been released or even announced, though it is certainly possible AMD will inject such a SKU into its latest generation Threadripper lineup.

Before we get to the supposed leak, let's have a look at AMD's existing Threadripper stack that is based on its Zen 2 CPU architecture...
  • Threadripper 3990X: 64 cores / 128 threads, 2.9GHz to 4.3GHz, 256MB L3 cache, 280W TDP
  • Threadripper 3970X: 32 cores / 64 threads, 3.7GHz to 4.5GHz, 128MB L3 cache, 280W TDP
  • Threadripper 3960X: 24 cores / 48 threads, 3.8GHz to 4.5GHz, 128MB L3 cache, 280W TDP
All three are built on a 7-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process. Pricing at launch was set at $3.990 for the Threadripper 3990X, $1,999 for the Threadripper 3970X,  and $1,399 for the Threadripper 3960X. Street pricing is a bit lower now, with Amazon selling the Threadripper 3990X for $3,749.99, the Threadripper 3970X for $1,899.99, and the Threadripper 3960X for $1,299.99.

There's certainly room in the lineup for a Threadripper 3980X, which brings us back to the leak. Over on Twitter, @NPCdes0 posted the following CPU-Z screenshot...

CPU-Z Threadripper 3980X
Source: NPCdes0 (Twitter)

The supposed screenshot labels the processor as a Threadripper 3980X with 48 cores and presumably 96 threads (that thread count is out of view). It also shows a 2.8GHz base clock. These are reasonable specifications, but is the screenshot real?

We have serious doubts. The 'Specification' section lists the product as a Threadripper 3990X with 64 cores. As someone pointed out in the Twitter thread, the Specification section yanks its data from the actual hardware rather than CPU-Z's own lookup table (LUT). As far as we know, that's true. And if that is the case, then there appears to be some trickery going on here.

This type of thing is also easy to manipulate in photo editing programs like Photoshop. That's all to say, this screenshot is probably bogus, even if the part number and specifications eventually come to fruition.