AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16-Core And 1920X 12-Core CPUs Primed To Undercut, Outperform Skylake-X

Here’s the moment that many PC performance enthusiasts have been waiting for: pricing and specs for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper family of processors (as well as a couple of benchmark numbers). AMD first teased details about the high-end desktop (HEDT) processors back in mid-May, but we now have additional details on the first two products in the family.

Both processors are of course based on the 14nm Zen core, make use of AMD’s new Socket TR4 interface, support quad-channel DDR memory, and feature a total of 64 PCIe lanes. In addition, both processors will come from the factory unlocked. Without further ado, here’s how each processor stacks up:

  • Ryzen Threadripper 1920X: 12 Cores, 24 Threads, 3.5/4.0 GHz (Base Clock/Precision Boost)
  • Ryzen Threadripper 1950X: 16 Cores, 32 Threads, 3.4/4.0 GHz (Base Clock/Precision Boost)

If you’re wondering when you’ll be able to get your hands on either processor, AMD says that Ryzen Threadripper processors and motherboards will be available in early August. However, if you want to get a Ryzen Threadripper system ASAP, you can always splurge on Dell’s new Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition systems, which will begin shipping on July 27th. Although we don’t know how much X399 motherboards will cost, AMD says that the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X and 1950X will be priced at $799 and $999 respectively.

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To put those prices into perspective, the 12-core Intel Core i9-7920X is priced at $1,199, while the 14-core Core i9-7940X is priced at $1,399. The core-for-core, thread-for-thread match for the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is the $1,699 Core i9-7960X. Although AMD doesn’t have an 18-core/36-thread equivalent, the Core i9-7980XE is priced at a wallet-busting $1,999.

While we don’t have any leaked numbers pitting the Core i9-7960X head-to-head with the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, we have the feeling that price differential of $700 would negate any performance advantage (if any) that Intel will have over AMD for most enthusiasts. However, we'll have to wait until we get our hands on both processors to test out that theory. 

Update: 7/13/2017 9:00AM EST - We do have a video demo of Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X CPUs in action sent over by AMD. The duo is pitted against Intel's currently shipping Core i9-7900X 10-core CPU in the Cinebench R15 and the results are fun to watch to be sure...

With that being said, it will be interesting to see how Intel’s Core i9 pricing holds up in the coming months now that Ryzen Threadripper will be entering the fray.
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Moving on to more mundane processors from AMD, the company has also officially announced the two members of the Ryzen 3 family: the Ryzen 3 1200 and 1300X. These are budget processors aimed at the lower end of the desktop market, so you won’t find SMT support. If you caught our report on AMD’s Ryzen PRO announcement late last month, you shouldn’t be too surprised about the specs for either chip, which are as follows:

  • Ryzen 3 1300X: 4 Cores, 4 Threads, 3.5/3.7 GHz (Base Clock/Boost)
  • Ryzen 3 1200: 4 Cores, 4 Threads, 3.1/3.4 GHz (Base Clock/Boost)

At this time, AMD has not announced pricing for either Ryzen 3 processor.

Now, if we could just get some specs, official pricing, and availability for AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, that would be greeeaaattt, thanks!