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AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPUs launch in August starting at $799

Back in May, AMD first began talking about Threadripper, its upcoming 16C/32T beast set to take on Intel’s Skylake-X processor lineup. Now today, AMD is finally opening up about pricing, specifications and availability, with two Threadripper CPUs planned- the 16C/32T 1950X and the 12C/24T 1920X, both of which seriously undercut Intel’s Core i9 pricing while offering solid performance.

Ryzen Threadripper will be available worldwide for the high-end desktop market in early August, as we previously reported. Aside from the 16-core flagship processor that we saw previously announced, AMD is also introducing a 12-core version. Both CPUs are unlocked, so you get free reign on overclocking, they use the new Socket TR4, support quad-channel DDR4 memory and feature 64 lanes of PCI Express.

Here are the specs and pricing for both Ryzen Threadripper CPUs:

  • Ryzen Threadripper 1950X: 16 Cores, 32 Threads, 3.4 base, 4.0 GHz boost, $999.
  • Ryzen Threadripper 1920X: 12 Cores, 24 Threads, 3.5 base, 4.0 GHz boost, $799.

At $999, the top-end 1950X massively undercuts the rest of Intel’s Core i9 lineup, with Intel’s flagship 18-core i9-7980XE currently priced at $1,999. If we take a step down and look at Intel’s directly comparable 16-core i9-7960X, the price gap is still massive, with Intel’s offering coming in at $1,699. When you take a look at AMD’s 1920X, the price gap is still massive, with AMD coming in at $799 and Intel’s 12C/24T Core i9- 7920X priced at $1,199.

Unfortunately, right now, we only have Intel’s Core i9 7900X (10C/20T) chip to compare performance numbers with but according to AMD’s own tests, things are looking favourable. In the video above you can see the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X up against Intel’s 7900X in Cinebench r15, with AMD’s new CPUs coming out on top. Ryzen Threadripper is on track to launch in early August, though Alienware systems featuring these chips will go up for pre-order early, on the 27th of July.

Aside from Threadripper, AMD still has two more mainstream desktop CPUs left to launch as well. Ryzen 3 is also launching on the 27th of July, with the 1300X offering 4-cores and 4 threads with 3.5/3.7 GHz base/boost clocks. The Ryzen 3 1200 offers the came core and thread count but has lower 3.1/3.4 GHz clock speeds.

KitGuru Says: Ryzen Threadripper is looking very promising based on price and AMD’s own performance test. We will be looking forward to getting our own sample later on for a full review. What do you guys think of today’s announcement? 

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  • Ahn Nguyen

    I’m not a fan boy of blue or red but man, having an 1800x and 6700k &7700k, I’m really proud of AMD. They’ve consumers a great product alternative without the heavy price tag. Although, I don’t need a 16 core processor, I’m thinking I’ll buy into the 399 series just cause 4 months after the Ryzen launch ( which was rocky af) I’m very happy.

  • lehpron

    1920X for 60% more cost than 1800X, but I’m uncertain if the same higher frequencies, can be achieved, so for around 50% performance improvement over the Ryzen 7, it’s a premium.

    Granted, Intel has been guilty forever, maybe i didn’t expect AMD to follow too closely.

  • Dominic Moass

    it’s not quite that simple – you have to factor in the extra cores, you can’t just expect the number of cores to scale with the price. plus the 1920x has more PCIe lanes and quad-channel memory support. compared to Intel’s offerings it looks a bargain, though we will obviously have to wait for performance. but if IPC is generally the same as Ryzen 7 chips, then we can still expect Intel to have a slight edge in single threaded applications, but a marginally slower AMD 16-core for the same price as Intel’s 10-core seems like a no-brainer to me

  • XeviousDeathStar ✓ ˢᵐᵃʳᵗ ᵍᵘʸ

    The 12 Core Ryzen Threadripper 1920X ($799) beat the 10 Core Intel 7900X in Cinebench r15.

    Your OS and Anti-Virus Programs running in the background will take a few Cores. IF Game Devs make use of more Threads then you’ll want more than a 6-8 Cores. LiveStreaming Games doesn’t work well on an i7, neither does VR.

    BUT, buy what you can afford and need.

    I’m going Epyc.

  • Si C

    1920X was a lot more than I expected. Guess I won’t be getting one anytime soon 🙁

  • KenChan

    Think of it like this. How much was this lot. i7 3960x (6cores) = $ 1000, Then i7 4960 (6Cores) = $ 1000, i7 5960x (8Cores) = $ 1 099, i7 6950x (10 Cores) = $ 1700

    Then we get Ryzen $ 1800x (8Cores) = $500 Then Threadripper 1920x (12 Cores) = $800 and the 1950x (16Cores) = $1000

    I am sorry but Intel did nothing but milk consumers. AMD are scaling the price per core. And giving way more PCIe Lanes. and don’t get me started on Intel reducing lanes this generation from the 4cores in HEDT till the 8 cores. So lets be happy AMD are here doing the best thing for us consumers….. COMPETITION at last!!!!!

  • Erik URSOULSRMINE Guzman

    Wow 16 cores . I would love to have one