AMD is today announcing specifications, pricing and availability for forthcoming Ryzen Threadripper high-end desktop processors.
The eagerly anticipated many-core CPUs will compete with Intel's recently released Core X-Series, and AMD appears to be in bullish mood, claiming with no uncertainty that the two Threadripper CPUs available at launch will out-gun the rival Core i9-7900X in the popular Cinebench performance metric.
Although we don't yet have an exact date to circle on our calendars, AMD has confirmed that "Ryzen Threadripper will be available worldwide for the high-end desktop market in early August." Two chips will get the ball rolling; Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, a 16-core, 32-thread powerhouse priced at $999; and Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, a 12-core, 24-thread alternative fetching $799.
Boost clock has been confirmed as 4.0GHz for both parts, while base clock is set to 3.4GHz for Threadripper 1950X and 3.5GHz for Threadripper 1920X. Both chips are unlocked and designed to utilise the new TR4 socket, and AMD has confirmed quad-channel DDR4 support as well as the presence of 64 PCIe lanes.
Ryzen continues to offers more cores-per-dollar than Intel alternatives, and the first Threadripper systems, including the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition, will be available to pre-order starting July 27.
Keeping up the Ryzen momentum, AMD has also shed some light on the first entry-level Ryzen 3 processors. Arriving on shelves starting July 27, the Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 will interpret the Zen architecture as a four-core, four-thread design. Base and boost clocks are confirmed as 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz for the 1300X, while the 1200 chimes in at 3.1GHz and 3.4GHz, respectively.
Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of the AMD Computing and Graphics Group, has authored a blog post discussing these latest Ryzen updates, while CEO Lisa Su has issued the above video announcement.
Ryzen 3 pricing is being kept under wraps for the time being, as are TDPs for Ryzen Threadripper, yet AMD appears to have developed a renewed knack for keeping its fanbase champing at the bit. Today's announcements have certainly whet the appetite, and rest assured, HEXUS will be bringing you in-depth reviews of both Ryzen Threadripper and Ryzen 3 in the very near future.