AMD's beastly Ryzen Threadripper chips arrive in August starting at $799

'Glued-together' 16-core AMD Threadripper rumoured to cost $999, $700 less than rival i9

AMD unveils Ryzen Threadripper specs and pricing

The top of the heap is the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which boasts 16 cores, 32 threads, and 3.4GHz base clock, with a retail price of $US999, while the ever-so-slightly more modest 1920X has 12 cores, only 24 threads, and a slightly higher base clock of 3.5GHz, and retailing for $US799. Both will ship in early August.

As you can see in the video above, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X defeats the super-expensive Core i9 7900X in the Cinebench benchmark demo, while the 1950X absolutely trounces Intel's chip.

The critical element that's been missing to this point is the Ryzen Threadripper price.

AMD has a considerable advantage in terms of core count and I/O bandwidth.

In any case, we'll know for sure in about two weeks when these parts are scheduled to hit retail/e-tail shelves. But, statistically, you can not deny how much Ryzen family offers the performance, core count, more threads with lower cost than Intel's counterpart CPUs. By comparison, Intel's 12-core/24 thread i9 starts at US$1199.

The single-socket server avenue will allow AMD to offer a tailored solution for vendors with which Intel quite literally can not compete. There will be two SKUs, both featuring four cores and four threads, though the R3 1300X will have a 3.5/3.7 GHz base/boost clock speed, while the R3 1200 will have a lower 3.1/3.4 GHz base/boost clock speed. Both Threadripper processors will have higher base frequencies, partially offsetting some of Intel's IPC advantage.

With that being said, it will be interesting to see how Intel's Core i9 pricing holds up in the coming months now that Ryzen Threadripper will be entering the fray. Although a launch is still a few weeks ahead, AMD has unexpectedly revealed specs and pricing on the first couple of models coming out in August. However, AMD employs solder while Intel stubbornly sticks to thermal paste, much to the ire of enthusiasts. As expected, they are considerably cheaper than their Intel counterparts.

The Threadripper 1950X has 16 cores to support 32 threads using simultaneous multithreading (SMT) technology.

AMD hopes its Epyc single-socket servers will be able to take significant market share from dual-socket machines, an area where Intel dominates and where AMD will have to combat it head-to-head. Single-socket servers offer advantages that a dual-socket server simply can not provide.

Only a pair of Ryzen 3 chips will be available when the lineup launches on July 27. The chip runs at a base clock speed of 3.4 GHz, boostable to 4 GHz. These chips will do battle with Intel in the low end of the market, which is perhaps the largest volume segment. More importantly, it costs a lot less than Intel's options even with the new platform factored in.

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