Continuing the Transformers-esque naming scheme of its mainstream CPUs, AMD has officially unveiled its latest high-end desktop processors – Ryzen Threadripper. Unlike Bulldozer, Piledriver, Steamroller and Excavator, the newest models of AMD’s multi-core hyper-threaded parts haven’t been designed to “compete” with Intel, no, Threadripper has been constructed to abolish Intel – mainly the Core-i9 and Core-i7 series processors. Threadripper will be available in two distinct models. Based on the same Zen architecture as the Ryzen 5 and 7 series CPUs, Threadripper features a 14nm process technology all the while doubling the core count and power requirement of the highest-tier Ryzen 7 processors. Featuring 16 cores and 32 threads on the Threadripper 1950X, this DDR4 Quad-Channel enabled component packs a base clock speed of 3.4GHz, turbo boosting up to 4.0GHz with a 180W TDP. Along with 64 PCIe lanes for an impressive level of bandwidth for GPUs and PCIe-based storage devices, the 1950x is said to retail for around £950.
Taking things down ever so slightly, the second CPU of AMD’s Threadripper line-up is the 1920X. Featuring 12 cores and 24 threads with near identical clock speeds, memory support and the same 180W TDP, the 1920X is said to retail for around £750. Available in early August and designed to be used on the new AMD TR4 socket, the gargantuan size of the Threadripper processors will no doubt prove to be highly competitive against Intel’s high-end desktop models. Demonstrating the potential performance of both Threadripper CPUs AMD is certainly pulling the punches, targeting both the enthusiast gamer crowd but more specifically, workstation users and professional computing applications.
“Ryzen Threadripper is targeted at the absolute ultra high-end of performance in desktop,” AMD Senior VP Jim Anderson
As to how well these latest parts will perform in real-world applications – outside of AMD’s internal testing environments remains to be seen. Much like the current line-up of Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs, familiarity and development for maximizing the performance of these CPUs will certainly take time from the developer’s perspective – something we look forward to seeing in the not too long future – especially in gaming.
Further details can be found at AMD.