AMD has just confirmed that its HEDT (high-end desktop) Ryzen Threadripper CPUs “will be available worldwide for the high-end desktop market in early August,” while its budget-priced Ryzen 3 line-up will be on store shelves from July 27th. AMD Ryzen Threadripper will be going to toe-to-toe with Intel’s Core-X series of processors and will be kicking off with the launch of two Threadripper CPUs - the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X.
As always in the weird and wonderful world of gaming hardware, the higher the number the better, with the almighty Ryzen Threadripper 1950X packing a ridiculous 16-cores and 32-threads, clocking in at 3.4GHz base, 4.0 GHz boost. It comes with a suitably hefty $999 price tag which, although expensive, is pretty cheap compared to the $1699 16-core Intel Core- i9 7960X.
A little lower down the spectrum is the $799 12-core, 24-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X. It has a slightly higher base clock speed of 3.5 GHz, alongside the same 4.0GHz boost clock.
Both of the Threadripper CPUs will require the new TR4 socket and carry support for quad-channel DDR4 memory and 64 PCI Express lanes.
As for AMD’s Ryzen 3 range, these entry level CPUs will be available from July 27th. The initial line-up is composed of the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (3.5Ghz Base / 3.7GHz Boost) and the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 (3.1GHz Base / 3.4GHz Boost), both of which are quad-core processors with four threads. Pricing has yet to be announced for these but they’ll obviously be aimed at the more affordable end of the market.
AMD’s non-stop assault on the CPU market continues apace then, and it’s going to be fascinating to see just how all this pans out. Threadripper is looking to significantly under Intel Core-X, while all signs point toward Ryzen 3 doing exactly the same for Intel Core i3.