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posted by martyb on Thursday August 03 2017, @09:14PM   Printer-friendly
from the Finally-Mega-FPS-Pong dept.

AMD's TR 1950X (16 cores) and TR 1920X (12 cores) CPUs will be released on August 10th:

The news at the top of the hour is the date at which AMD is making Threadripper and associated TR4 based motherboards available at retail: August 10th. This is expected to be a full worldwide retail launch, so don't be surprised if your favorite retailer starts posting teaser images about how much stock they have. August 10th will see both the 1950X and 1920X with their retail packaging, along with motherboards from the main four motherboard vendors.

AMD has also announced an 8-core version of Threadripper, the TR 1900X, for $549. Why buy it instead of spending $300 on the Ryzen 7 1700 or $420 on the Ryzen 7 1800X, both of which have eight cores?

There are some questions around why AMD would release an 8-core Threadripper, given that the Ryzen 7 1800X is also eight core and currently retails around $399 when distributor sales are factored in. The main thing here is going to be IO, specifically that the user is going to get access to quad channel memory and all the PCIe lanes required for multi-GPU or multi-add-in cards, along with a super high-end motherboard that likely contains multiple CPU-based PCIe x4 storage and/or 10G Ethernet and additional features.

Previously: CPU Rumor Mill: Intel Core i9, AMD Ryzen 9, and AMD "Starship"
AMD 16/12-Core Threadripper Details Confirmed

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday August 04 2017, @03:11AM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Friday August 04 2017, @03:11AM (#548578) Journal

    Ryzen quad cores should be significantly cheaper than the Intel ones. They have not caught up in single-threaded IPC, but they have cleared much of the gap that had been left by the Bulldozer failure.

    With Threadripper, you really need to have a use for those cores and the I/O to justify the purchase. Previously, Threadripper was a range of 10 to 16 core chips. Now they've added this 8-core Threadripper to the lineup with 60 PCIe lanes instead of 16 for Ryzen and 44 for the Skylake Intel Core i9 chips, and I believe 16 for regular Core i7.

    Hopefully, what AMD has done here with Ryzen 7 and Threadripper, and Intel with Skylake-X, will encourage software makers to parallelize workloads much more where possible. There is a chicken and egg problem, but the egg has now been laid. Octo-core is reaching into the mainstream (although still $300 minimum). 10, 12, 14, and 16 cores are cheaper than ever before, with Intel's 10-core seeing a massive $700 price cut.

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