AMD had several announcements during their Capsaicin event at Siggraph 2017. One of these is about the official launch of their much awaited high-end desktop Ryzen Threadripper processors. These will feature a new LGA TR4 socket unlike AM4.
Three Ryzen Threadripper CPUs have been officially announced so far: Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, 1920X and 1900X. The best part is that AMD is pricing these to be highly competitive against Intel’s Core i9 Skylake-X processors. Similar to Intel’s HEDT X299 platform, AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper X399 platform supports quad-channel memory, but one-ups the other by offering full access to 64-PCIe 3.0 lanes. In comparison, Only Intel’s high-end desktop CPUs from $999 or higher offer the full 44-PCIe 3.0 lane access. And even that is short compared to AMD’s 64.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU Specifications
All three CPUs have a 180W TDP and share a 4.0GHz boost clock with 4.2GHz XFR. There are minor differences in the base clocks, but the majority of the difference lies in the Core/Thread count and the pricing. The 1950X is the flagship with 16-cores and 32-threads operating at a 3.4GHz base. The 1920X which costs $200 less at $799 is the 12-core/24-thread option at a slightly higher 3.5GHz base clock. The 1900X is the most affordable at only $549, although it is releasing much later on August 31. This CPU has 8-cores and 16-threads so it lines up with Intel’s i9-7820X which retails for almost twice as much at $999.
At the same time, motherboard manufacturers have also announced their X399 offerings. Gigabyte for example is sweetening the deal by offering an Xperience Pack with purchase of their X399 AORUS Gaming 7 motherboard. It carries a $389.99 retail price tag and up for pre-order. MSI and ASUS have announced similar high-end boards as well, promising to add more options to the lineup.