By Matt Hanson
Update: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation is on its way later this year, and while it probably won’t feature higher core counts, we will likely see higher clock speeds and lower latency – similar to what we saw when Ryzen 2nd Generation launched.
Last year, AMD released its Ryzen line of processors, but it didn’t stop there. Later in August 2017, AMD launched three impressively overclockable high-end desktop CPUs – named ‘Threadripper’.
However, AMD didn’t just sit on its laurels after releasing the fastest processor we’ve used. AMD has also suggested that bitcoin miners use Threadripper CPUS for cryptocurrency mining, to save money on future upgrades – likely due to the insane compute power of Threadripper.
So, here’s everything we know about AMD Ryzen Threadripper, from the release date to price evaluation and other useful information.
Cut to the chase
What is it? AMD’s uber-powerful 8-, 12- and 16-core processorsWhen is it out? Available as of August 10, 2017What will it cost? Starts at $549 (about £420, AU$690)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper release date
AMD Ryzen Threadripper first two processors the 1950X and 1920X arrived on August 10, 2017. While AMD’s entry level Ryzen Threadripper 1900X came out a few weeks later on August 31, 2017.
We’re still waiting on any news regarding the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900, 1920 and 1950 chips, but given their existence has only been leaked through motherboard manufacturers – a concrete release date is difficult to come by, assuming they ever release at all.
It doesn’t end there, though, as AMD plans to support its Threadripper line of CPUs with new releases until at least 2020, according to some leaks.
AMD Ryzen 9 Threadripper price
At long last, we now have firm details on what price the AMD Ryzen 9 Threadrippers will release at. They’re not cheap, but you can expect to pay less for more performance than you would get with a comparable Intel chip.
Whereas the 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X retails at $999 (around £770, AU$1,295), the Threadripper 1920X will boast 12 cores and sells for $799 (around £615, AU$1,035). Lastly, the Threadripper 1900X comes with a $549 (about £420, AU$690) price.
Meanwhile Intel’s closest competitor to the 1950X, the Core i9-7960X, sets users back a whole $1,699 (around £1,315, AU$2,200) while the 12-core i9-7920X is $1,189 (around £920, AU$1,500). The Threadripper 1900X’s closest octa-core competitor from Intel is the Core i7-7820X that retails for …read more