AMD Threadripper—16 cores and 32 threads for $999–arrives in August


Enlarge / AMD’s Ryzen die. Threadripper has two of those in a multi-chip module. Epyc has 4 of them.


AMD right this moment introduced the pricing and (approximate) availability for Threadripper, its high-end desktop platform that was first unveiled in May.

The top-end half would be the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X: a 16 core, 32 thread chip with a base clock of three.4GHz and a lift clock of four.0GHz for $999. Below that would be the 1920X: 12 cores, 24 threads, at three.5/four.0GHz, for $799.

Both chips will use a 4094-pin socket known as TR4 and the X399 chipset, providing 64 lanes of PCIe connectivity and 4 channels of DDR4 reminiscence. Both have a notional energy envelope of 180W. Internally, the chip is actually a doubled up model of the present Ryzens: AMD’s primary constructing block is a unit of eight cores with 16 threads (break up internally into two core complexes of 4 cores every). Threadripper has two of those chips in every package deal; the Epyc server processor has 4.

In phrases of uncooked numbers, the chips evaluate fairly favorably to Intel’s just lately launched Skylake-X platform. On the Intel aspect, $999 will get you 10 cores, 20 threads, at three.three to four.5GHz, with 44 PCIe lanes. Intel would not have something at $799; its $599 chip affords eight cores, 16 threads, at three.6 to four.5GHz, however with solely 28 PCIe lanes.

AMD thus has a substantial benefit when it comes to core depend and I/O bandwidth. Intel, in distinction, has higher per-core efficiency and better clock speeds. As such, we might anticipate that the efficiency comparability between Threadripper and Skylake-X to be just like that of Ryzen and Kaby Lake; workloads that may take full benefit of all these threads could are inclined to favor Threadripper, however workloads with larger sensitivity to single-threaded efficiency will run higher on Skylake-X.

Threadripper processors and motherboards will develop into accessible in early August. Dell will probably be taking pre-orders for its Alienware Area 51 system with Threadripper a bit of earlier, on July 27.

AMD has additionally introduced specs and availability—although oddly, not pricing—of its low-end Ryzen three chips. The Ryzen three 1300X will provide 4 cores, 4 threads, at three.5 to three.7GHz. The Ryzen three 1200 is a 4 core, 4 thread chip working at three.1 to three.4GHz. They’ll each go on sale on July 27.

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