AMD THREADRIPPER

Asus ROG Zenith ExtremeThe upcoming Threadripper 1950X (16-core) will have a base clock of 3.4GHz and can boost up to 4GHz.

We expect that the 1950X can hold its boost clocks will have some significant impact on how it performs. Except for the most demanding games, we suspect that the 1950X will do great with every title out there.

AMD is also prepping a new, 12-core/24-thread chip, dubbed the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X. This new chip will have a base clock of 3.5GHz and the same 4GHz top-end frequency.

  • Socket TR4
  • The $999 16-core, 32-thread 3.4-GHz Threadripper 1950X
  • The $799 12-core, 24-thread 3.5-GHz Threadripper 1920X
  • 64 PCI Express lanes
  • Quad channel DDR4 memory
  • 180W TDP
  • 1TB RAM Max
  • X399 motherboards

The socket TR4 is different from the socket AM4 as it is designed for high-end systems with as much as 8 memory slots etc. New X399 motherboards should be available in August. The X399-based motherboard will feature eight DIMM slots for up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM, four x16 PCI-E gen. 3 slots, a U.2 slot, three M.2 slots, and 12 USB 3.1 ports.

The socket TR4 is 4094 pins. This is due mostly to the way AMD designed the processor with two Ryzen 7 processors side by side in a die. This setup is similar to the way server processors are made.

With 180W at stock clock speeds, dual fan water coolers are a must. Larger chassis have room for the dual 120mm fan CPU coolers easily.

The Corsair AX1500i supports dual EPS12V which X399 boards require to cope with the high CPU power demands..Equipped with 4x 250W graphics cards to handle the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K, the 1500W PSU will definitely work hard playing Crysis 3.

Games are bottlenecked mostly by GPU performance and the upcoming AMD Vega is interesting when it becomes available.

AMD has suggested the Threadripper 1950X will be available in August with more supplies leading into the fall. The 1920X should be available in July with more supplies available into the fall.

With the Threadripper, AMD has moved into the high end of the market previously held by Intel. This will provide much needed competition which will make gaming better.

AMD Threadripper

 

We expect to see some price competition as the supplies flood the market into the fall this year. Intel has new products up its sleeve and with some competition perhaps gaming will improve to the point where 4K and 8K displays are viable.