I had someone ask me why I didn't go with the 3900X, so I'll post my answer for those curious. This is all personal opinion, all my own theories, just that theories based on experience, not evidence, yet.
This is pretty much just a gaming rig, infact it's attached to a racing simulator. I really don't see too many games that can properly utilize 24 threads. I foresee that concentration of cores in such a small package being a concentration of heat and a heatsoak that no matter the radiator surface area, the block will get saturated by a lack of surface area, if the goal is higher clocks. I like the size of the Threadripper a lot better when you start to get into that kind of core count, the surface area is a big plus. Companies get better at making these chips as time passes, so I was looking for the best binned chips when purchasing early, for now, specs dictate that would be the 3800X. Infact I would have gone with a 3600X and dropped the 4 threads if it had matched the 3800X clock for clock. I'd rather have 4.4 Ghz on 12 threads than 3.9 Ghz on 60 threads, for pretty much exclusively gaming. Can you get a 3700x that is just as good? Absolutely, though I would say it is far less likely in early production. Basically, it's a bit of a premium for a binned chip, you really should have little chance of a complete lotto fail with a 3800X, IMO.
Last edited by almstsobur; 07-13-2019 at 01:20 PM.