AMD Threadripper 2 Prices Shredded After Ryzen 3000 Debut

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Traditionally, when a chipmaker starts pushing the core counts for its mainstream processors, it's only a matter of time before the chips start cannibalizing the HEDT (High-End Desktop) offerings. With AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core and AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core parts debuting yesterday and creeping into the territory of AMD's core-heavy Threadripper CPUs, prices for the Threadripper 2950X and Threadripper 2920X have dropped.

Unlike in the past, AMD hasn't officially announced any price cuts for either Threadripper CPU. However, both Threadripper processors are now available at fairly lower prices, just as the Ryzen 3000 CPUs came out yesterday with the Ryzen 9 3950X set to arrive in September.

The Threadripper 2950X, which originally debuted at $899, can be purchased for as low as $730.59. According to the Camelcamelcamel price tracker, it was $800 last month. The Threadripper 2920X used to have an MSRP of $649 but currently sells for $389.99. Just last week, its lowest price tag was $550. It almost feels like Amazon Prime Day has arrived early. 

AMD Threadripper 2 vs Ryzen 3000

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Cores /ThreadsBase / Boost Clock Speed (GHz)L3 Cache (MB)PCIe LanesDRAMTDPMSRPPrice Per Core
Threadripper 2950X16 / 323.5 / 4.432PCIe 3.0 x 64Quad DDR4-2933180W$731$45.69
Ryzen 9 3950X16 / 323.5 / 4.764PCIe 4.0 x 24Dual DDR4-3200105W$749$46.81
Threadripper 2920X12 / 243.5 / 4.332PCIe 3.0 x 64Quad DDR4-2933180W$390$32.50
Ryzen 9 3900X12 / 243.8 / 4.664PCIe 4.0 x 24Dual DDR4-3200105W$499$41.58

At first glance, the Ryzen 3000-series processors look far superior, and they are. The recently released 7nm parts offer higher operating clock speeds, double the L3 cache and 75W lower TDP (thermal design power) than the Threadripper counterparts. The third-generation Ryzen chips also support the latest PCIe 4.0 interface. But don't count the Threadripper processors out of the game yet.

While the Ryzen 3000-series are compatible with the PCIe 4.0 standard and DDR4-3200 memory modules, the processors are limited to 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 64GB of memory. The Threadripper parts are far more generous in both departments. They deliver up to 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes and support up to 256GB of RAM. If you use a lot of PCIe devices or need huge amounts of memory, Threadripper is still the way to go.

The Ryzen 9 3950X, Ryzen 9 3900X, Threadripper 2950X and Threadripper 2920X are priced very closely now. Shoppers will have to analyze their needs carefully and pick a processor that's most fitting, not just the fastest chip available. For help, check out our CPU Buying Guide.

Zhiye Liu
RAM Reviewer and News Editor

Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • GetSmart
    With the debut of AMD's 12 and 16 core 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs, these Threadripper CPUs are now depreciated. This also made Intel's HEDT platform furthermore irrelevant. Will Intel slash the prices of their current HEDT CPUs? Time will tell.
  • msroadkill612
    Yes, TR is bigger and badder, and formerly AM4 platforms would work for the demanding task of video processing, it wasnt in contention for a serious hedt.

    But I hear from actual editors champing at the bit for the 16 core R7 7nm to release in sept, that there are 3 main advantages over TR. Its faster, its faster & its faster - so much so, its more toy like specs can be overlooked or worked around or lived with.

    to say tr can run a huge 256GB of ram is true, but am4's 128GB is huge too.

    To say zen2 has a mere 24 lanes is to all intents, false. Those pcie 4 lanes are twice the capacity of TR's pcie 3 lanes, and four of them are multiplexed into 16 lanes - they are ~"real" lanes, unless too many are too heavily used concurrently. For most, zen2 am4 is effectively a 40 lane rig.
  • SgtScream
    I'd like to see benchmarks between threadripper and the new 16 core when it comes out. Sure it will be faster, however id like to find out if threadripper be able to compensate on work loads with quad channel.
  • TokyoQuaSar
    The article totally missed the point and commented on the amount of memory and not the amount of memory bandwidth, which is the whole point when comparing HEDT and non HEDT CPUs...

    The TR has 7.8GB/s of memory bandwidth per core, the 3900X has 4.27GB/s. The 3900X has less bandwidth per core than a core i7 2700K launched in 2011 and using DDR3 1333... Actually it has even less if compared to a core 2 Duo E6400 of 2006 that has 6.4GB/s of bandwidth per core. Not even mentionning the 3950X. AMD is doing great but given the amount of cores I would totally go for a TR over a Ryzen R9 because the R9 will be starving for memory bandwidth in many cases.