AMD unveiled the pricing and launch dates for its two Ryzen Threadripper CPUs for high-end desktops. This has pushed Intel onto the offensive, so much so that they've had to make slides saying AMD's new Epyc CPUs have 4 "glued-together" CPU dies.
The announcement came via a live video with AMD's CEO Lisa Su, where she shares some tasty benchmarking info as well.
These processors are designed exclusively to challenge Intel's top tier Core units, and as you might guess from their name there are threads - and cores - aplenty. Both the Ryzen 3 1200 and the Ryzen 3 1300X rock four cores and four threads, meaning they have double the physical cores as Intel's dual-core i3 chips, but lack the simultaneous multi-threading that allow AMD's Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs to press their core count advantage even further.
The 1950X sports a base clock of 3.4GHz and a boost clock of 4.0GHz, while the 1920X sports a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 4.0GHz. Rather than the "universal" AM4 socket, which is used for mainstream Ryzen and Zen-based APU products, the Naples-based Threadrippers require a motherboard with the new TR4 socket.
The company also announced its new low-end Ryzen 3 range. The 12-core Threadripper 1920X at $800 compares to a 12-core Intel Core i9-7920X at $1,200 and a 14-core Core i9-7940X at $1,400.
Let us know what you think about the AMD Threadripper 1920X and the 1950X. In a recent leak, the prices of a couple of Threadripper processors have leaked. The Ryzen 3 1300X runs at 3.5Ghz with a 3.7GHz turbo, while the Ryzen 3 1200 runs at 3.1GHz with a 3.4GHz turbo.
In a blog post issued today, AMD has confirmed that its 16-core, 32 thread Threadripper processor (1950X) will have a recommended price of US$999. Meanwhile, the AMD fell low in overall PC gaming performance than the Intel's CPU. So this rival chip costs just under 60% of what Intel is asking.