AMD’s Upcoming 16 Core / 32 Threads Monsters, The Ryzen 9 Threadripper 1998X and Threadripper 1998 Processors, Get Early Listing

AMD’s consumer offerings will soon be getting the HEDT X399 and X390 platform codenamed ‘Whitehaven’. The Threadripper lineup will consist of CPUs that consist from 10 Cores / 20 Threads all the way up to 16 Cores / 32 Threads. The flagship processors of this lineup will reportedly be called the Ryzen 9 1998X and Ryzen 9 1998 and they have been listed on a Greek e-tailer and showed up on the retail search engine ‘Skroutz’ some while ago. This listing adds credence to the nomenclature that we already know but should still be taken with a pinch of salt (since AMD can change the naming scheme any time it wants, unlike the physical specifications).

AMD's monstrous 16 Core Threadripper 1998 and 1998X CPUs get listed on online retailer, 'Whitehaven' X390 / X399 platform on track for launch

The Threadripper and Whitehaven X399 platform is something that will build upon the disruption that Ryzen has brought and will continue to upset the X86 paradigm that we had been observing for so long (with Intel being the only real option for performance conscious buyers). As I mentioned in my initial article a long time back, AMD has called check and Intel seems to be very slow to respond. Whether or not Threadripper is able to beat Intel offerings core-for-core or clock-for-clock is irrelevant – they will knock out the competition where it actually matters: Perf-Per-$. Before we go any further here is the Whitehaven X390 lineup (aka Threadripper):

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Ryzen Threadripper SKUCores/ThreadsBase/Boost Clock SpeedTDPMemoryPCIe Lanes
1998X16/323.5/3.9GHz155WQuad Channel DDR444
199816/323.2/3.6GHz155WQuad Channel DDR444
1977X14/283.5/4.0GHz155WQuad Channel DDR444
197714/283.2/3.7GHz140WQuad Channel DDR444
1976X14/283.6/4.1GHz140WQuad Channel DDR444
1956X12/243.2/3.8GHz125WQuad Channel DDR444
195612/243.0/3.7GHz125WQuad Channel DDR444
1955X10/203.6/4.0GHz125WQuad Channel DDR444
195510/203.1/3.7GHz125WQuad Channel DDR444

I would like to point out that the Threadripper lineup is basically the same dies that are part of the EPYC processors. In fact they will be using MCM construction with the full 8 Core Ryzen die repeated two time in-package. Regular readers of wccftech will note that this is the same ‘Zeppelin’ die which will be used in Naples and different from the CCX version used in ordinary Ryzen offerings. The primary difference between EPYC and Threadripper is that EPYC will house the SP3 socket which will be able to support 2 Nodes (2 Processors) and a maximum chip configuration of 32 Cores per Node (64 Cores/128 Threads total) while as the Threadripper platform will only support 1 node and the slightly modified SP3r2 socket. It goes without saying that the EPYC lineup is targeted at data centers whiles Threadripper is for the consumer market

As is clear, the Threadripper 1998X and 1998 will be the flagship products and these are the ones that were posted on the Greek retailer and detected by Skroutz a while back. While all information was scrubbed from the retailer moments after being posted the listing can still be seen on the website as well as the specifications (which conform to the leaks we  have seen before). This is something that indicates that we are looking at a luanch that could happen soon (Listings usually start appearing a few weeks before launch, which is around the time channel partners are informed of the upcoming product).

The Whitehaven platform will compete directly with Intel's upcoming HEDT X299 platform and Skylake X CPUs. According to leaks, the lineup will be christened the Ryzen 9 Threadripper family and will be bigger then the current mainstream Ryzen lineup. The Whitehaven platform will not be compaible with the current AM4 socket and will have its own SP3r2 socket with 4094  pins.


On paper, the Whitehaven platform offers more I/O, storage, significantly more cores, threads and L3 Cache compared to Intel's upcoming X299 high-end desktop platform as well as the current mainstream X370 and Z370 platforms. Real life performance may or may not be able to beat Intel's similar core offerings but one thing is sure, Ryzen has established AMD's Zen architecture as an x86 force to be reckoned with - one which is in the proves of disrupting the x86 market.

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DDR4 Channels84
Max TDP200W and more180W and more

AMD's 16 Core / 32 Threads Threadripper Flagships: Ryzen 9 1998X & Ryzen 9 1998

According to previous rumors, the Ryzen 9 1998X (or whatever it ends up being called) is the flagship of the new lineup, featuring 16 cores, 32 threads, a base clock speed of 3.5GHz and a boost clock speed of 3.9GHz with XFR ( Extended Frequency Range ). The CPU is rated at 155W which is 5 watts less than Intel's upcoming Core i9-7920X 12 core flagship Skylake X CPU. The Ryzen 9 1998 is the 1998X's little sibling, featuring the same 16 cores with slightly lower clock speeds of 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz boost and the same 155W TDP.

AMD 14 Core / 28 Threads Threadripper CPUs: Ryzen 9 1977X & Ryzen 9 1977

There are again two 14 core parts, the Ryzen 9 1977X is a 155W 14 core, 28 thread part with a base clock speed of 3.5GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.1GHz with XFR. The Ryzen 9 1977 features a base clock speed of 3.2GHz, a boost clock speed of 3.7GHz and a slightly lower TDP of 140W.

AMD 12 Core / 24 Theads Threadripper CPUs: Ryzen 9 1976X,  Ryzen 9 1956X & Ryzen 9 1956

The 12 core Threadripper Ryzen 9 lineup allegedly consists of three SKUs. The Ryzen 9 1976X is a 12 core, 24 thread 140W part with a base clock speed of 3.6GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.1GHz with XFR. The Ryzen 9 1956X is a 125W part, again with 12 cores & 24 threads. It runs at a base clock speed of 3.2GHz and a boost clock speed of 3.8GHz with XFR. The entry level 12 core part is the 1956, it's rated at 125W and runs at a base clock speed of 3.0GHz and a boost clock speed of 3.7GHz.

AMD 10 Core / 20 Threads Threadripper CPUs - Ryzen 9 1955X,  Ryzen 9 1955

We also allegedly have two 10 core parts, both rated at 125W. The Ryzen 9 1955X runs at a base clock speed of 3.6GHz  boosts to 4.0GHz with XFR. The Ryzen 9 1955 runs at a base clock speed of 3.1GHz and a boost clock speed of 3.7GHz.


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