AMD's beastly Ryzen Threadripper chips arrive in August starting at $799

Posted July 14, 2017

While the company never really went away, for a while it was clearly struggling to match up to Intel on both performance and value. Heck, its GPUs are very popular for cryptocurrency miners too.

AMD is also announcing specs and availability for Ryzen 3 desktop CPUs, which are 4-core, 4-thread, Zen-based CPUs available in two desktop models. The company is sharing details on the budget-friendly Ryzen 3 and the awe-inspiring Threadripper chips for enthusiasts and professionals. But we do have some new information about speeds, pricing, and configuration options.

The Ryzen 3 1300X runs at 3.5 GHz (3.7 GHz boost), and the Ryzen 3 1200 has a base clock of 3.1 GHz (3.4 GHz boost).

In the video below, AMD showed the Ryzen Threadripper CPUs offer higher performance in the Cinebench r15 benchmark than the 10-core Intel Core i9-7900X, which Intel sells at a $990 list price.

First up is the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, which will have 12 cores / 24 threads and a 3.5GHz base speed that can boost to 4.0GHz. Both models will be unlocked, use the new Socket TR4, have quad channel DDR4, and have 64 lanes of PCI Express.

Both the chips and motherboards are slated to be available in August, with Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition system pre-orders starting July 27.

The top-of-the-range Ryzen Threadripper will cost $999 in the USA, while the 12 core, 24 thread Ryzen Threadripper 1920X will cost $799. The Ryzen 3 1300X CPU comes with four cores, with base clock of 3.5 GHz and boost to 3.7 GHz, and the Ryzen 3 1200 CPU comes with four cores and with a base clock of 3.1 GHz and boost to 3.4 GHz.

For the most part of this year, AMD Ryzen has been the talk of the town with its entire range of graphics cards and processors.

Following the initial reveal of its top-end Ryzen Threadripper CPUs in May, AMD has finally revealed prices and a release window for the chips. AMD's 1920X and 1950X are both priced lower than the Core i9 which they defeated. Threadripper has two of these chips in each package connected via AMD's Infinity Fabric technology; the Epyc server processor has four.

Intel's realigned pricing for the Skylake-X processors was quite the buzz, but while the company has obviously reworked its high-end desktop pricing structure, it wasn't enough to stave off the underdog entirely.