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AMD didn’t send its Ryzen Threadripper 7960X out to reviewers. We’ve already reviewed the 7980X and 7970X and bought this “cheaper” CPU for $1,500 for today’s review, and it’s a 24-core, 48-thread part that sockets into the new HEDT motherboards in socket sTR5. The CPU claims a boost clock up to 5.3GHz single-core, which would make it fast for a Threadripper CPU.
By HEDT standards today, where the 7970X is $2,500, the 7960X is a “cheap” CPU. It’s still about $1,000 more expensive than a 7950X though, which itself has 16 cores. That’s a big jump in price for an extra 8 full cores, and the boards are also a huge jump in price. Although they’re not all launched yet, it looks like several of the HEDT Threadripper motherboards will be in the $1,000+ price class.
But more so than the core count increase, the more significant increase with the 7960X is in I/O capabilities. It’s an interesting balance of higher frequency, still high core count, and fuller I/O options as compared to desktop parts like the 7950X or 14900K.
Editor's Note: This was originally published as a video on December 11, 2023. We are now publishing it as an article with no changes.