AMD has announced the pricing and availability for the CPUs of their upcoming High End Desktop (HEDT) platform, X399. in a product update video. They are priced highly competitively against Intel’s Skylake-X offerings. These CPUs are based on the highly successful Zen micro architecture, which features in the desktop Ryzen 7 and 5 processors.
Threadripper 1920X and 1950X
Firstly, we have the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X; a 12-core, 24-thread behemoth. This part is priced at $899 and will slot in between Intel’s i7-7820X and i9-7900X in terms of pricing. But AMD has demonstrated it clearly beating the latter in Cinebench; an impressive showing.
Topping the range is the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. This 16-core 32-thread monster will be priced at $999. This puts it in direct price competition to Intel’s i9-7900X. AMD is clearly offering considerably more processor to the consumer here, as you get 6 more cores and 12 more threads with the 1950X for the same price as the deca-core part from Intel.
Threadripping through cinebench
During the video, AMD demonstrated the performance of the new Threadripper processors with the Cinebench CPU benchmark. Pitting the 12-core, 24 thread 1920X against the 10-core 20 thread i9-7900X, the former clearly beat the more expensive Intel part by a good margin – 2431 points for Threadripper 1920X versus 2167 for the i9.
In the same benchmark, the monstrous Threadripper 1950X scored 3062 points, clearly blowing away the score of the equally priced i9 7900X.
An interesting note about Threadripper is the fact that AMD uses an MCM (Multi-Chip Module) approach to creating high-core count chips, whereas Intel is still using single, monolithic (and more expensive) dies. This helps yields and allows production costs to be cut whilst offering more cores.
Both of these processors will be available in early August, according to AMD.
Ryzen 3 gets specs and launch date
During the same video update where they announced Threadripper, AMD also confirmed the specs for Ryzen 3 and gave them a launch date. We have two chips for Ryzen 3, the 1200 and 1300X which are clocked at 3.1 base, 3.4 boost and 3.5, 3.7, respectively. Both of these processors feature four cores and four threads (this means Simultaneous Multi-Threading has been disabled). However, AMD did not disclose the pricing for Ryzen 3.