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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, @01:58PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Friday August 04 2017, @01:58PM (#548718) Journal

    IBM used silicon-germanium in its 7nm [] and 5nm demo chips [].

    3nm seems possible: TSMC Plans New Fab for 3nm []

    ASML is talking about 1-3nm [].

    TSMC could put out 3nm chips around 2022. So we have at least 5 years, possibly up to 10, before we need to explore raising clock rates, stacking cores in layers, or other crazy approaches to boosting performance.

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  • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Friday August 04 2017, @02:26PM

    by Immerman (3985) on Friday August 04 2017, @02:26PM (#548725)

    Yep - they're looking great in the lab, and I'm looking forward to them hitting the streets. For now though they're basically irrelevant. Maybe in 5-10 years we'll be able to buy them, and maybe they'll reopen the traditional clock-increasing method of boosting performance (really hope you didn't intentionally include that in the "other crazy approaches"), but I've seen far too many promising technologies get neglected and abandoned over the years to give a whole lot of credence to demo units.

    Heck, silicon-germanium processors were supposed to be right around the corner 17 years ago when CPU clock rates started seriously plateauing. 17 years later and rather than a thousandfold increase in keeping with the prior trend, clock speeds have barely more than doubled, and all the tricks we've thrown at them haven't yielded performance improvements all that much more impressive. And we're still waiting on germanium.