AMD’s bringing sexy back with their new lineup of Ryzen Threadripper processors, and the numbers don’t lie.
It’s been many years since there was any significant shakeup in the CPU game. A severe lack of innovation from both Red and Blue teams had caused somewhat of a stalemate in the market, with Intel pushing slight design changes with each new Core series, and AMD sticking with the “add more cores” approach to an aging chip architecture. In 2017, AMD’s looking to change that with the upcoming August 10th release of their Ryzen Threadripper processor lineup and finally bring back the fury.
So, let’s get some specifications out of the way first. Ryzen Threadripper will be coming in two distinct flavours, the 1950X and the 1920X. The 1950X is a monster of a CPU, boasting 16 cores with simultaneous multi-threading (or SMT) for 32 threads of power, with a base clock of 3.4GHz and boosting to 4GHz. The 1920X is the little brother of the two, but it’s not out of the race with 12 cores, 24 SMT threads, a slightly higher base clock of 3.5GHz and boosting to 4GHz.
Both chips have a whopping 64 PCI-E lanes and will run on the brand new X399 platform with a physically imposing LGA-based TR4 socket which, while incompatible with the current Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 lineups, gives some wiggle room for AMD to pull out all stops and create something even more mind-blowing than this. Oh, and did I mention that it will be able to support 1TB of quad-channel DDR4 RAM? Yes, you read that right. One. Terabyte. Of RAM.