Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

AMD's Ryzen Threadripper CPUs launch in August starting at $799

AMD's Ryzen Threadripper CPUs launch in August starting at $799

How well performance scales from 8 to 16 cores will depend on a number of factors, so we aren't making any price-versus-performance predictions between Threadripper and Ryzen 7 yet.

These new processors use a new TR4 socket motherboard, supporting quad-channel DDR4 and plenty of PCIe lanes to go around. The CPU lineup includes Threadripper 1950X, a 16-core, 32-thread model that runs at 3.4GHz and can boost to 4GHz, and the 1920X, a 12-core, 24-thread model with a base speed of 3.5GHz and a maximum boosted speed of 4GHz.

For those without AMD product table tattoos, the most affordable Ryzen 5 chip, the four-core, eight-thread Ryzen 5 1400, is clocked at 3.2 GHz base and 3.4 GHz Turbo speeds.

As an aside, manufacturers informed GamersNexus at Computex that board release dates are targeted for August 10.

In a video posted on YouTube, AMD CEO Lisa Su showed off what she called the "very, very first competitive demos", pitting the Threadripper chip against one of Intel's mid-range Core i9 chips. Although AMD doesn't have an 18-core/36-thread equivalent, the Core i9-7980XE is priced at a wallet-busting $1,999. Although we don't know how much X399 motherboards will cost, AMD says that the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X and 1950X will be priced at $799 and $999 respectively.

The announcement also comes two days after Intel announced its newest chips aimed at corporate servers and cloud data centers, another increasingly heated battleground between the two companies.

Still, even as competition heats up for high-performance desktop users, the Threadripper and high-end i9 chips aren't appropriate for all customers.

The 1950X sports a base clock of 3.4GHz and a boost clock of 4.0GHz, while the 1920X sports a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 4.0GHz. Those chips will be available on July 27, but AMD didn't disclose prices yet. Ryzen 3 chips will come in two flavors, the Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200, and both pack 4 cores and 4 threads. Unlike Intel, AMD opens up all 64-lanes, not just exclusive to the highest end CPU.

The R7 1800X originally retailed for $499, though it has recently dropped down in price, so you can now find AMD's current top chip for a little more than $400. AMD is readying a Ryzen 3 release to complete its mainstream desktop lineup, and for enthusiasts, Threadripper is right around the corner as well.

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