Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. Like its Ryzen sibling, AMD's Ryzen Threadripper CPU is a game-changing chip that offers consumers performance never attainable before. For example, slam down a thousand bucks in 2013, and the best you could get in a consumer CPU was a 6-core Core i7-4960X. With AMD's Threadripper, a $1,000 investment gets you a 16-core CPU.
Spec-for-spec, AMD earns the advantage on price, with its Threadripper chips costing from $549 to $999. Intel's Core i9 chips are far more expensive, with prices soaring to $1,999. Intel's pros include a broader diversity of Core i9 processors, plus a chip with more cores than anything AMD offers. Intel chips are also more power-efficient. The critical clock-speed metric is a mixed bag: AMD's Threadripper offers higher base clocks, but can't keep up with the Core i9 when clock speeds are boosted under load. Both the Core i9 and Threadripper come unlocked, so overclocking is a viable option. AMD's Threadripper is out now, and features up to 16 cores and 32 threads of compute power.
AMD has stolen Intel's thunder following the latter's announcement of a 28-core high-end desktop processor yesterday, with its own 32-core, 64-thread 2nd Generation Threadripper processor. The surprise announcement came at the Computex trade show in Taiwan and means that AMD is doubling its core count of the current fastest Threadripper, the 1950X, which has 16 cores and 32 threads. AMD's Jim Anderson announces 2nd Generation Threadripper, which will have up to 32 cores AMD has stated that the new CPUs will be compatible with current X399 motherboards so you won't have to invest in a new motherboard. However, with what must be a sizeable increase in power consumption, it's likely that we'll see new motherboards that are designed to cater more effectively for the new CPUs and maybe add more features, just as we did with 2nd Generation Ryzen. The original Threadripper CPUs had two dummy dies under the heat spreader so there was certainly enough room for this many cores.
AMD's 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen Threadripper 1950X ($999 on Amazon) is an angry Godzilla stomping his way through downtown Tokyo. They're just tanks and army trucks to be punted across the city. But before you buy, there's a lot you need to know about what is arguably the most powerful consumer CPU ever unleashed upon mankind. AMD's 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is arguably the most powerful consumer CPU on the planet today. Ryzen Threadripper's name tells you its lineage: the ground-breaking Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 3 CPUs that have made AMD a contender again, after years of watching Intel dominate.
Continuing its attack on Intel's high-end desktop chips, AMD on Monday unveiled a third Ryzen Threadripper CPU priced at $549. The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X will feature 8-cores and 16-threads of computing power, but unlike the Ryzen 7-series, which also features 8-cores and 16-threads, the 1900X will slip into the company's X399 socket. Although some may question the logic of duplicate CPUs, in many ways it makes sense. One of the dings against the 8-core Ryzen 7--despite its great value and performance--is its light-duty X370 platform, which offers only 20 lanes of PCIe for GPUs and M.2 drives. Enter Ryzen Threadripper 1900X, which gives buyers interested in paying for only 8-cores the option of using a heavier-duty chipset.