Threadripper is AMD’s answer to the Core X-Series by Intel (or the older Socket 2011 extreme CPUs), offering high core counts to the enthusiast and professional market.
Intel has copped a lot of flak for the pricing of their CPUs in this category, having no competition they have exploited the market with the top of the line models costs around £1k.
So a lot of people are very excited for the launch of AMD’s competing product, which in fact has some standout features in comparison to Intel. Namely, all CPUs in this range have 64 lanes of PCIe connectivity which means that all the CPUs will be able to handle multi GPU setups as well as multiple NVMe SSD drives. In comparison, the top Intel model has 44 lanes but then drops off to 28 and 16 lanes depending on which CPU you buy.
AMD has finally released some more details on Threadripper. The Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, AMD has confirmed, will feature 12 cores and 24 threads running at a base 3.5GHz and boosted 4GHz clock and be priced at $799 (around £618 excluding taxes); the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, meanwhile, ups that core count to 16 cores and 32 threads running at a slightly slower 3.4GHz but matched 4GHz boost clock for $999 (around £773 excluding taxes.) Both will be on shelves in early August globally, the company has promised.
However, with taxes it is likely we will see parity between pounds and dollars, but this still means the 1920X is a more tempting buy than any Intel CPU (on paper). It offers 12 cores, 24 threads with a speed of 3.5 and 4GHz and 64 PCIe lanes. The best Intel can do is 10 Core, 20 Thread, 3.3GHz, 4.3GHz Turbo which costs over £100 more.
Obviously, that means nothing if the AMD CPUs don’t perform as well, but it looks like Intel are going to start losing a lot of customers in favour of AMD.