Are you a casual user, gamer, or someone who needs serious power to fully render their creative visions? AMD has a few new CPUs that will pique your interest. The AMD Athlon 3000G 3.5 GHz Dual-Core AM4 Processor is unlocked for overclocking and features a base clock speed of 3.5 GHz, two cores with four threads in an AM4 socket, and 4MB of L3 cache memory. It is also equipped with PCIe 3.0 lanes, supports dual-channel DDR4-2667 memory, and employs the integrated AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics chipset.
In a completely different league than the Athlon are AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 3.8 GHz 24-Core TRX4 and Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 3.7 GHz 32-Core TRX4 processors. Neither has integrated graphics, but these 3rd Gen processors take advantage of AMD’s TRX40 motherboards, which supports the PCIe 4.0 standard for increased bandwidth to meet large GPU and NVMe needs. Each processor also supports 128MB of L3 cache, as well as quad-channel DDR4-3200 memory. Although both of these processors are very powerful, the 3960X runs at a base clock speed of 3.8 GHz with a maximum turbo frequency of 4.5 GHz, and features 24 cores with 48 threads. The 3970X slightly reduces the base clock speed to 3.7 GHz, but keeps the maximum turbo frequency at 4.5 GHz and increases the number of cores to 32 and the number of threads to 64. As AMD puts it, you can “render time irrelevant.”
Just a quick note about overclocking—it will make the processor run at a higher temperature and damages occurred when doing so aren’t covered by AMD’s warranty, so always be careful.
Will these Athlon and Ryzen Threadripper meet your overclocking and power needs? Feel free to share your thoughts below.