AMD announced its high-end, multi-core Threadripper processors back in May, and today the company is finally giving some solid details as to what we can expect from the new chips, along with pricing and release information.
The Threadripper line will launch two chips: the $799 Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, with 12 cores / 24 threads and a 3.5GHz base speed that can boost to 4.0GHz; and the top-tier $999 Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which will offer the previously promised overkill of 16 cores / 32 threads clocked at 3.4GHz with boosted speeds up to 4.0GHz. And like AMD’s other Ryzen processors, both Threadripper models are unlocked for users to overclock as they see fit.
Those prices compare pretty favorably to Intel’s own recently announced multi-core Core i9 line, which represents AMD’s biggest competition in the high-end processor space. The 12 cores / 24 threads Threadripper 1950X is roughly comparable to the Core i9-7920X, but costs $400 less than Intel’s $1,199 option. Similarly, Intel’s 16 cores / 32 thread Core i9-7960X runs for $1,699, a $700 increase on AMD’s $999 Threadripper 1950X.
That said, if sheer thread and core count is all that matters, Intel still technically does have the edge here with the Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition, an 18 core / 36 thread monster of a processors. At $1,999, however, you can also buy two of AMD’s top Threadripper chips for the price.
The Threadripper chips — along with some new motherboards that support the high-end processors — will be available in early August.
On the lower end of the spectrum, AMD also announced some new details on its budget Ryzen 3 chips, which are meant to fill out the low end of the market in the same space that Intel’s Core i3 chips currently occupy. The Ryzen 3 1300X is the more powerful of the two, clocked at 3.5GHz (that can boost to 3.7GHz), while the Ryzen 3 1200 is slightly slower at base speeds of 3.1GHz (with boosts up to 3.4GHz). The first two Ryzen 3 models will be available on July 27th, although no pricing information has yet been released.