After months of waiting we finally have more details on AMD’s top of line Threadripper CPUs. Announced at computex this year, this heavy handed AMD processor series will now have a third variant called the AMD 1900X. The 1900X is an 8-core, 16 thread processor which unlike the Ryzen 7 will support quad-channel memory and support 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes. It will be priced at $549 at launch. The 12-core TR 1920X and the 16-core TR 1950X will retail at $799 and $999 respectively. AMD also unveiled various X399 motherboard by its partners and new cooling solutions which are required to run the Threadripper processors.
With the Threadripper range of processors, AMD will take on Intel’s Core i9 HEDT CPUs. The top of the line TR 1950X competes with the new Core i9-7900X, but it offers more cores, more PCIe lanes and cache. Intel did announce a more processor rich Core i9 -7980XE with 18-core and 34 threads, but that processor is almost twice as expensive as the AMD flagship. AMD also beats Intel on the price-to-cores ratio with its two subsequent processors by a large margin as the 12-core Intel-7920X is priced at $1199. This means customers would be paying at least $400 less for the 12-core Threadripper 1920X processor, which is conveniently priced at $799.
Moreover, AMD also unveiled that all three threadripper processors will have XFR boost of +200MHz, which will take the boost frequency to 4.2GHz. Earlier this month, AMD unveild some benchmark results showing how its $799 TR1920X performs better in Cinebench R15, compared to a $999 Intel Core i9-7900X. Hence, AMD wants us to believe that the $999 TR 1950X will perform even better. Maybe it will, but we will reserve our judgment on the matter until we test both processors.
You should also know that the new AMD Threadripper processors won’t just drop down in the massive socket on a X399 chipset, instead users would have to screw back the retention plate in place. AMD won’t ship any cooler with the CPUs, but there is a torque wrench in the packaging.