The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Up Close & Personal!

During the AMD Computex 2017 press conference, AMD revealed details of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor. As you probably know by now, this is a massive CPU with up to 16 processor cores. It is targeted at the ultra-premium desktop market, directly taking on the newly-launched Intel X-Series processor.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor, including FRESH LEAKS and the first ever close-up view of this massive beast!

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU Details Revealed!

Originally posted @ 2017-06-05

Updated @ 2017-06-13 : We added new details that were just leaked about the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor.


The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor

If you were impressed by the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 processors (read our AMD Ryzen 7 1800X review), you will be amazed by the 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor that AMD is gearing up to launch.

Here, Jim Anderson, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the AMD Compute and Graphics business group, reveals the key features of the Threadripper CPU  and Socket TR4 platform.

Then, AMD President & CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, showed us a 4K Prey demo (on Ultra High settings) running on the AMD Ryzen Threadripper, with dual AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. She did not mention the average frame rate of this setup though.

Targeted at the high-end desktop (HEDT) market, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper is scheduled for release in Q3 2017. We have just received news that the launch date has been set for 27 July 2017 (see below).

Paired with the X399 chipset and the new Socket TR4, it will offer quad memory channels and support up to 2 TB of DDR4 memory, as well as 64 PCI Express 3.0 lanes!

AMD also announced that ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI already have motherboards built around the AMD X399 chipset. Everything is set for the scheduled launch in the summer of 2017, and its inevitably epic battle against the newly-announced Intel X-Series processors!


The AMD Threadripper Up Close

After the event, we had the opportunity to mingle with both Dr. Lisa Su and Jim Anderson. We also had the opportunity to take our first ever close-up look at the AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Ryzen Mobile CPUs. Check them out!

As you can see, this is a MASSIVE processor, with 4094 pins. It makes the AMD Ryzen Mobile APU look absolutely diminutive!

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New AMD Ryzen Threadripper Details

Caveat : These are freshly-leaked details, so they are unconfirmed. But they seem legit, and are the very latest details we have right now :

  • Although rumoured to be branded as the AMD Ryzen 9 processor (to directly compete against the newly-announced Intel Core i9 processors), AMD has so far insisted on using the Ryzen Threadripper name instead.
    We can’t blame them – Threadripper is certainly a better and more memorable name than Ryzen 9!
  • AMD will launch two Threadripper processors on 27 July 2017.
  • The top-of-the-line processor will have 16 cores, capable of handling 32 simultaneous threads.
  • There will also be a 12-core processor, capable of handling 24 simultaneous threads.
  • There will eventually be 14-core and 10-core versions as well.
  • All AMD Threadripper processors will support quad DDR4 memory channels and 64 PCI Express lanes.
  • They are rumoured to use a solder thermal interface material (TIM), which would make deliding of the processor by enthusiasts difficult, if not impossible.

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