AMD Threadripper

As you already know, Intel picked up the gloves in a one to one competition against its competitor AMD. As a response to AMD’s Ryzen processors, Intel made the announcement. The announced the launching of an 18 core / 36 threads monstrous processor. It is the Intel i9-7980XE processor which you can read about in this article. You might have thought that AMD didn’t have an answer for that. Well, guess what? Not only did they announce in July the AMD Ryzen Threadripper Lineup. But it will be available starting from tomorrow 10th of August.

If in the past the competition was frequency based, it seems that this year is plenty of surprises. Starting with this year the two major manufacturers seem to have made the next leap. It seems that the “frequency competition” was in a way dust in the eyes, where the true improvements were due to the scaling of the transistor. Thanks to the improvements in the lithography manufacturing we have seen real improvements. However, the increase of physical cores inside the processors will more likely make a huge difference. Altogether with the improved manufacturing processes, my personal belief is that we will see true performance improvements withe the next generation of processors.

Which are the candidates to enter the competition?

As mentioned earlier, from 10th of August we will have 2 out of 3 of the new AMD Threadripper processors. available. The models of these 3 processors are: 1900X, 1920X and 1950X. With the exception of the 1900X model, which will be available only from the 31st of August, the last two models will be available starting from tomorrow.

PRODUCT LINEMODELCORESTHREADSBASE CLOCK (GHZ)BOOST CLOCK (GHZ)XFR (GHZ)PCIE® LANESTDP (WATTS)SUGGESTED PRICE, SEP (USD)AVAILABILITY
AMD RYZEN™ THREADRIPPER™1950X 16 32 3.4 4.0 4.2 64 180 $999 Aug. 10
AMD RYZEN™ THREADRIPPER™ 1920X 12 24 3.5 4.0 4.2 64 180 $799 Aug. 10
AMD RYZEN™ THREADRIPPER™ 1900X 8 16 3.8 4.0 4.2 64 180 $549 Aug. 31

The Threadripper 1900X processor is a 8 core / 16 threads processor at a clock speed of 3.8Ghz (4.0 Ghz boost). The retail price of the new processor is $549.

The Threadripper 1920X processor is a 12 core / 24 threads processor at a clock speed of 3.5Ghz (4.0 Ghz boost). The retail price of the new processor is $799.

The Threadripper 1950X processor is a 16 core / 32 threads processor at a clock speed of 3.4Ghz (4.0 Ghz boost). The retail price of the new processor is $999.

No doubt everybody hopes the the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper Lineup will bring the same success as the previous Ryzen processors. Pre-orders for Area-51 Threadripper™ Edition from Alienware are available from 27th of July. This tells quite a lot about what we should expect from AMD. If you want you can preorder AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors and Desktops.

All AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors are supported by a full ecosystem of X399 platforms at launch with motherboard designs already available from top motherboard manufacturers including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. The new X399 platform chipsets offer dedicated PCIe lanes for USB, graphics, data and other I/O, providing a powerful, scalable, and reliable computing experience and bringing the benefit of future-ready technologies.

Final thoughts

All in all this year is really interesting. Consequently after years of Intel dominance I think that we see some changes ongoing. Whether you considered or consider the Intel processors a better option one thing is clear. AMD has awaken from its Cinderella dream. As a matter of fact the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper Lineup can compete with Intel. At least spec wise. I invite you to share your personal opinion in the comment section. Do you own a Ryzen processor? What is your feedback so far regarding the new AMD processors?

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