AMD unveils Ryzen Threadripper specs and pricing

Intel slags off AMD’s chips

Intel slags off AMD’s chips

Given the first Ryzen chips themselves contained a pair of quad-core modules connected via Infinity Fabric, that means the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X will be rocking four discrete modules to make up its 16-core design. Both chips are unlocked and created to utilise the new TR4 socket, and AMD has confirmed quad-channel DDR4 support as well as the presence of 64 PCIe lanes.

While we don't have any leaked numbers pitting the Core i9-7960X head-to-head with the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, we have the feeling that price differential of $700 would negate any performance advantage (if any) that Intel will have over AMD for most enthusiasts.

Update: 7/13/2017 9:00AM EST - We do have a video demo of Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X CPUs in action sent over by AMD.

Ryzen Threadripper 1950X comes with 16 cores and 32 threads, but it also delivers a 3.4 GHz base clock and a 4.0 GHz boost.

The new CPUs are releasing with high-end desktop users in mind.

Two Ryzen Threadripper models are going to be on shelves from early August, and in addition to the previously announced 16-core (32-thread) monster, there will be a 12-core (24-thread) model, with pricing starting at $799 (around £615, AU$1,035) for the latter.

These prices are substantially cheaper than the equivalent Intel silicon. The Ryzen 3 1300X CPU comes with four cores, with base clock of 3.5 GHz and boost to 3.7 GHz, and the Ryzen 3 1200 CPU comes with four cores and with a base clock of 3.1 GHz and boost to 3.4 GHz. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 3 1300X has a base clock of 3.5 GHz and a boost up to 3.7GHz. On Thursday, Su also said a couple of low-end versions of Ryzen, called Ryzen 3 chips, would also be available at the end of July. The duo is pitted against Intel's now shipping Core i9-7900X 10-core CPU in the Cinebench R15 and the results are fun to watch to be sure. AMD says the Ryzen chip outpunched Intel's CPU in every task except the hotly contested Sysmark 2014-though you should always take vendor-supplied metrics with a big ol' pinch of salt until they're confirmed by independent testing. AMD's (amd) market share for PC chips slipped to less than 10% last year from around 25% 10 years ago, but early signs are positive for the new line of chips.

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