1AMD’s Ryzen Threadrippers Promise High-End CPU Power—for a Price
In May, AMD announced new processors that it said would dramatically improve computer functionality and ultimately put it ahead of its archrival Intel. And on July 13, the company provided more details on those processors, called Ryzen Threadrippers. The first is the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and is the most powerful processor AMD plans to release this year. The chip, which will cost $999, will have 16 cores. It will be flanked by the 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, which will cost $799. According to AMD, both processors will be ideal choices for consumers, power users and enterprise PC buyers. But look for Intel to respond to AMD’s bid for CPU Power supremacy. Read on to learn more about AMD’s upcoming Ryzen Threadrippers.
2There Are Two Versions
316-Core Threadripper 1950X Is AMD’s Most Powerful CPU for 2017
412-Core Threadripper 1920X Costs a Bit Less
5The Processors Will Be Unlocked
6Threadrippers Enhance Graphics Performance
7They’re Designed for High-End Desktops
Their power and resource-intensiveness make the the AMD Threadripper processors suitable for high-end, high-priced consumer desktops. They might also be used in the corporate world for graphics-heavy tasks such as video encoding. PC vendors will use them in their machines, and enthusiasts can buy them separately to soup up their own computers.
8What Is the Competition?
The AMD Threadrippers compete against Intel’s recently announced Core i9 line of processors. In a statement, AMD said both the 1950X and 1920X will be able to outperform the Intel Core i9 7900X chip “by a wide margin.” However, the Intel Core i9 7980XE Extreme Edition, which has 18 cores and 36 threads, is technically more powerful than either AMD chip.
9The Threadrippers Cost More Than Most Fully Equipped PCs
10AMDRyzenThrHere’s When to Expect Themeadrippers_9
AMD isn’t wasting any time releasing the Ryzen Threadrippers. In a statement, the company said the chips, along with motherboards that support them, will be available in early August. PC vendors, including Dell’s Alienware brand, plan to include them in computers scheduled to hit the market in the second half of 2017.
11There Are Some Cheaper AMD Ryzen CPUs
Those who don’t want to pay so much for a new processor could consider the other chips in AMD’s Ryzen lineup. Those chips include the higher-end Ryzen 7 and the midrange Ryzen 5. A cheaper and more efficient Ryzen 3 is also available. Pricing varies depending on the version.