MSI May Have Leaked AMD Threadripper 3990X, A 64-Core 128-Thread Monster CPU

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Yesterday, AMD announced the first members of its third-generation Ryzen Threadripper family of HEDT processors. The Threadripper 3960X (24 cores, 48 threads) and the Threadripper 3970X (32 cores, 64 threads) are tremendous processors in their own right, but there is something allegedly even more sinister afoot from AMD.

We've been hearing rumors for months that AMD is working on a monstrous 64-core, 128-thread Threadripper to plant its flag as the absolute king of the HEDT processor market. We now might actually have our first verifiable confirmation of the existence of this alleged Threadripper 3990X (or 3990WX depending on who you talk to) courtesy of MSI.

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The folks at WCCFTech spotted a video posted yesterday by MSI that showcases its brand new TRX40 Creator motherboard. While the video could easily have been chalked up as typical marketing materials to announce a new product, WCCFTech noticed something rather interesting about a shot of the Windows 10 Task Manager. It shows 16 columns and 8 rows, which equates to 128 tiles altogether. That would represent a total of 128 threads, which would match up perfectly with the 64-core Threadripper 3990X.

Given that the box for the TRX40 Creator is sitting right beside the monitor, we'd have no reason to believe that this would be one of AMD's 64-core EPYC processors in running in the system. And to further add credence to the fact that MSI possibly slipped up with this time around, it has since removed the video.

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We don't have any idea on clock speeds for the alleged Threadripper 3900X, but it's rumored to have 288MB cache (L2+L3) and it will no doubt be far more expensive than the Threadripper 3970X, which is priced at $1,999.

According to a rumor from earlier this week, the Threadripper 3990X is reported to launch in January 2020. And if all goes according to plan, the family may welcome a 48-core/96-thread Threadripper 3980X at some point.