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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU Lineup - 16, 12, 8 Core HEDT CPUs For X399 Platform

It took AMD several years to perfect their core design to rival Intel. The resultant Zen core delivered exceptionally great performance when it finally launched after five long years of development. THe Ryzen mainstream processors were widely acclaimed and featured some of the most impressive performance, efficiency and pricing figures we have seen to date. But AMD didn’t stop there, they went one step ahead and pitted their Zen core in a field where Intel had been dominant for years.

On the server side, we saw EPYC which is rivaling Intel’s Xeon parts. On the HEDT side, we will be looking at Ryzen Threadripper. AMD managed to bring their IPC on par with Intel’s modern cores and used that advantage to deliver a processor with multiple cores. 16 in fact on the flagship CPU and that’s just the start of things we expect to see from AMD. Following is the entire “confirmed” CPU family under the Ryzen Threadripper brand.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16 Core $999 US Processor

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is the flagship chip of the Threadripper X399 family. The chip features 16 cores, 32 threads. Clocks are maintained at 3.4 GHz base, 4.0 GHz boost and the XFR technology should help it gain more performance. The chip will carry 32 MB of L3 cache and 8 MB of L2 cache which totals 40 MB. There will be a total of 64 PCIe lanes available on the processor of which 60 can be used by discrete graphics cards and PCIe NVMe storage devices. The chip will cost $999 US when launched.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X 12 Core $799 US Processor

The second chip in the lineup is the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X which features 12 cores and 24 threads for a price of just $799 US. Intel’s 12 core chip in comparison costs $1200 US. The chip features clock speeds of 3.5 GHz base and 4.0 GHz boost. Keeping things in line and if the chip comes with the same die configuration as the 1950X, we will be looking at 32 MB of L3 cache and 6 MB of L2 cache which totals 38 MB total cache size. The chip will feature the same amount of PCIe lanes as the 1950X.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X processors go on sale today alongside the X399 boards and CPU coolers.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X 8 Core For $549 US – Fastest AMD 8 Core Chip

The latest chip in the lineup is the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X which features 8 cores and 16 threads for a price of just $549 US. This is $50 US cheaper than Intel’s Core i7-7820X which is also their octa core model. The chip features clock speeds of 3.8 GHz base and 4.0 GHz boost. Not only are speeds of this chip higher than the Ryzen 7 1800X but it also grants access to more features such as higher PCIe lanes, quad channel DDR4 memory lanes and more I/O support.

The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X will feature 64 PCIe lanes and the TDP will probably remain set at 180W. The total cache will be 20 MB (16 L3 + 4 L2) which is 5% higher than the comparable 7820X processor. The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X octa core chip will hit market shelves on 31st August.

AMD Threadripper and Ryzen Processor Family (2017):

Wccftech Cores/Threads Base Clock Turbo Clock L2 / L3 Cache TDP MSRP SEP
Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16/32 3.4 GHz 4.0 GHz 8 MB / 32 MB 180 Watts 999 USD 799 USD
Ryzen Threadripper 1920X 12/24 3.5 GHz 4.0 GHz 8 MB / 32 MB 180 Watts 799 USD 399 USD
Ryzen Threadripper 1900X 8/16 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 4 MB / 16 MB 180 Watts 549 USD 299 USD
Ryzen 7 1800X 8.16 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 4 MB / 16 MB 95 Watts 499 USD 239 USD
Ryzen 7 1700X 8.16 3.4 GHz 3.8 GHz 4 MB / 16 MB 95 Watts 399 USD 229 USD
Ryzen 7 1700 8.16 3.0 GHz 3.7 GHz 4 MB / 16 MB 65 Watts 329 USD 219 USD
Ryzen 5 1600X 6/12 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB / 16 MB 95 Watts 249 USD 199 USD
Ryzen 5 1600 6/12 3.2 GHz 3.6 GHz 3 MB / 16 MB 65 Watts 219 USD 159 USD
Ryzen 5 1500X 4.8 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB / 16 MB 65 Watts 189 USD 149 USD
Ryzen 5 1400 4.8 3.2 GHz 3.4 GHz 2 MB / 8 MB 65 Watts 169 USD 129 USD

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Official Gaming Performance – Game Mode and Creator Mode Explained

AMD has also released the official gaming performance data of their Ryzen Threadripper CPUs against Intel’s Core X parts. The data shows that the Intel Core i9-7900X still goes ahead of the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16 core and Ryzen Threadripper 1920X 12 core while featuring ten cores. AMD Threadripper trails the Intel Core X CPU but on the other hand, we are still looking towards decent performance figures in gaming at 1080p and the gap is lower when gaming on higher resolutions.

On the other hand, we have a new feature on Ryzen Threadripper processors that lets you set your preference of profile. There are two profiles that include Game Mode and Creator Mode. Both can be set through the Ryzen Master configuration utility which has now been updated to support AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. The utility also provides other nifty features and configuration tool which can be used by overclockers to fine tune their chips.


So what the Threadripper profiles do is that they optimize the chip for the specified workloads. For instance, the gaming mode will enable Local memory access mode and turn the compatibility mode to legacy. This will help reduce memory and core-to-core latency and overcome the thread count limitation in some of the legacy games which can endure bugs and issues with modern multi core CPUs.

The creator mode on the other hand turns the memory access to distributed mode and disables the legacy mode. This maximizes threads and total memory bandwidth for unrestrained amount of CPU performance and will be the default profile for Threadripper processors.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Gaming Mode Performance Results:

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Packaging:

Each Ryzen Threadripper processor will come in a large and sexy container with curved edges. It seems to be made of a strong alloy material and has either a plastic or glass cover on the front which is engraved with the Ryzen Threadripper label and logo. The chip can be seen through the mirror and just like the mainstream processors, each Ryzen TR CPU will have the naming printed in clear black on the IHS which looks amazing.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper looks really amazing when looking from the eye of an enthusiast. It’s the most powerful platform for HEDT users that we have seen to date and a worthy competitor to Intel’s HEDT Core-X lineup.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Launch Presentation:


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