Asus Teases 5GHz Overclocks For AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPUs

Khalid Moammer

Computex is in full swing and Asus just held its motherboard press event earlier today, where they showcased their upcoming monstrous X399 and X299 motherboards for the high-end desktop platforms from AMD and Intel. At the event there was one particularly interesting hint that Asus dropped about AMD's upcoming Threadripper CPUs. It's in the image above, so see if you can spot it.

The way Asus has dropped this hint is also very clever, as it used it as an opportunity to showcase its new OLED screen on its X399 Zenith motherboard. The screen can be used to display a myriad of readings, including temperatures and clock speeds. If you look closely to the left of the image you can see the screen showing a frequency reading of 5GHz.

We don't know what type of cooling Asus would use to reach this kind of overclock, as at this point this teaser is all we're getting. Asus stated that they could not disclose any performance data before AMD does, so stay tuned to learn more later today as the company holds its Computex conference.

Ryzen At The High-End – X399 Chipset & Threadripper CPUs

The "Whitehaven" platform featuring the X399 chipset will include support for quad-channel DDR4 memory, Threadripper CPUs with 16 cores and 32 threads as well as more PCIe lanes and more storage compared to AMD’s X370 on AM4. It will compete directly with Intel’s upcoming HEDT X299 platform and Skylake X CPUs which will feature up to 18 cores and 36 threads.

AMD is using the same platform for its 32 core EPYC enterprise processors as well as its enthusiast desktop Threadripper products. The products are built the same way, using AMD's innovative Infinity Fabric technology to "glue" 8-core Ryzen dies together and create a larger, more powerful chip.

To make EPYC processors AMD employs four 8-core Ryzen dies, Threadripper will be made up of a yet unknown number of dies. However, both products are compatible with the same 4094-pin physical socket design. They also make use of the same packaging which means AMD can theoretically leverage chips with up to 32 cores on the desktop, if it ever chooses to launch such products.

AMD could pull a surprise like Intel and go nuts with the core counts. The tools are at its disposal thanks to Infinity Fabric, it's a question of whether the company thinks a product with more than 16 cores makes sense for its high-end desktop platform. Real competition is back in the CPU race like we've never seen before and it's as invigorating as ever.

(Ryzen Threadripper)
Intel Core X
Pinnacle Ridge
Summit Ridge
Target PlatformHEDTHEDTMainstreamMainstream
SocketTR4LGA 2066AM4 (PGA)AM4 (PGA)
Socket Pins4094 Pins (LGA)2066 Pins (LGA)1331 Pins (PGA)1331 Pins (PGA)
Max CoresUp to 32Up to 18Up to 8Up to 8
Max ThreadsUp to 64Up to 36Up to 16Up to 16
Max L3 Cache64 MB24.75 MB16 MB16 MB
TDPUp To 250WUp To 165WUp To 105WUp To 95W
CPU PCI-E Lanes64442424
PCH PCI-E Lanes82488
PCI-E NVME SupportYesYesYesYes
NVME RAID SupportYes (Firmware Update from AMD webpage)Yes (Locked, Key Required)NoNo
DDR4 Channels4 Channel4 Channel2 Channel2 Channel
SATA 6 Gbps8+486+26+2
USB 3.1 Ports2222
USB 3.0 Ports61066
USB 2.0 Ports61466
LaunchQ3 2017Q2 2017Q1 2018Q1 2017



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