AMD announced today that its enthusiast processor platform, Threadripper, will officially launch in August, and will start at $799.
These new CPUs start with the lowest end model, the 1920X, sporting 12 cores and 24 threads clocked at 3.5GHz/4.0GHz retailing at $799, and ramp up to the 1950X 16 core and 32 thread unit clocked at 3.4GHz/4.0GHz, which will retail for $999. This is in stark contrast to the Core i9 which Intel announced earlier alongside their X299 platform, which offers 10 cores at $999.
The new processors from AMD will use the TR-4 socket and X399 chipset which supports 64 lanes of PCI-e 3.0 connectivity, and four lanes of DDR4 memory. Motherboards supporting these high-end CPUs will also become available from OEMs during the month of August.
The company also announced its new low-end Ryzen 3 range. Although no pricing was announced, the Ryzen 3 1200X and 1300X will both have 4 cores and 4 threads, and will be clocked at 3.1GHz/3.4GHz and 3.5GHz/3.7GHz respectively. These will go on sale on July 27, and pricing is expected to be around $120.
Earlier, Intel took shots at AMD's new Epyc line of server products, calling it "glued together". With the launch of Threadripper at such a competitive price point, it remains to be seen how Intel responds. It will also be interesting to see how well these processors will perform once they hit retail, especially paired with the new Vega GPU range AMD recently launched.
Source: Ars Technica