Tag Archives: AMD Threadripper

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Series : Leaked Details!

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3000 Series : Full Details!

Now that the NDA is over, we can finally reveal EVERYTHING we know about the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO HEDT processor family!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : What Is It?

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO is a new HEDT processor family, mirroring what Ryzen PRO is to Ryzen.

Unlike the Ryzen Threadripper, the Threadripper PRO is targeted at professional studios, designers, engineers and data scientists.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO series will offer these features over “regular” Threadripper processors.

  • new sWRX8 socket and WRX80 chipset
  • 8 DDR4-3200 memory channels, instead of just 4
  • 2X memory bandwidth over 3rd Gen Threadripper
  • Support for UDIMM, RDIMM, LDRIMM, 3DS RDIMM with ECC support, instead of just UDIMM with ECC
  • Up to 2 TB of memory, instead of just 256 GB
  • 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes, instead of just 64
  • AMD PRO Technologies, including Secure Processor and Memory Guard
  • 18 months of planned software stability
  • 24 months of planned availability

AMD has already chalked up one design win with the Lenovo ThinkStation P620 – the world’s first and only 64-core workstation!

Recommended : Lenovo ThinkStation P620 : World’s First 64-Core Workstation!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Official Tech Briefing!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Available Models

As of today’s launch, AMD is launching only these four processor models :

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX

This is the flagship, with 64 cores capable of processing up to 128 threads simultaneously. It comes with 288 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 2.7 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX

This processor has 32 cores with the ability to process up to 64 threads simultaneously. It comes with 144 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.5 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX

This processor has 16 cores with the ability to process up to 32 threads simultaneously. It comes with 72 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.9 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3945WX

This processor has 12 cores with the ability to process up to 24 threads simultaneously. It comes with 70 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 4.0 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

There Is No Threadripper PRO 3965WX

Although earlier rumoured, this 24-core, 48-thread processor will not be released, at least not on 14 July 2020.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Specifications

In this table, we compare the key specifications of the four processor models :

Specifications TR PRO
3995WX
TR PRO
3975WX
TR PRO
3955WX
TR PRO
3945WX
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 64 / 128 32 / 64 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 2.7 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz 4.0 GHz
Boost Clock 4.2 GHz 4.3 GHz
L1 Cache 4 MB 2 MB 1 MB 768 KB
L2 Cache 32 MB 16 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 256 MB 128 MB 64 MB
Memory Support 8 x DDR4-3200 channels
2 TB maximum
PCIe Support 128 x PCIe Gen 4 lanes
TDP 280 W

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Performance

Threadripper PRO 3945WX

According to AMD, the “baby” of the family will offer 12% better single-threaded performance in CINEBENCH R20, and 28% better multi-threaded performance than a competing 12-core Intel Xeon processor.

They say that this is targeted at those whose software is licensed on a per-core basis. Its high performance per core will allow for better performance, without resorting to more cores and corresponding licence fees.

Threadripper PRO 3955WX

AMD also showed how the 16-core 3955WX can render 14% faster than an 18-core Intel Xeon processor.

Threadripper PRO 3995WX

AMD compared the flagship Threadripper PRO 3995WX with its 64 cores against two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors, with 56 cores.

In the SPECviewperf13 benchmark, that 8-core, 16-thread advantage gave the 3995WX a performance advantage between 4% and 37%.

 

Recommended Reading

Go Back To > Computer | BusinessHome

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


How To Optimise For 64 Cores : An AMD Guide!

The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X gives design and video production professionals, as well as HEDT enthusiasts, unprecedented computing power with 64 cores of processing power!

But with all those cores come the problem – how do you make use of all 64 cores, and not have any core just idle, wasting power?

Thanks to their work with the RED Digital Cinema team, AMD has some advice on what we can do to optimise for 64 cores.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X : 64 Cores of Awesomeness!

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is the world’s first 64-core HEDT processor, bringing the capability to process up to 128 simultaneous threads simultaneously to the desktop!

Specifications TR
3990X
TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 64 / 128 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 2.9 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.3 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 32 MB 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 256 MB 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $3990 $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

AMD demonstrated that it not only handily trounces the Xeon W-3275 processor – Intel’s best single-chip processor, it also handily beat the two Xeon Platinum 8280 processors!

To keep all 64 cores humming, every core has 512 KB of L2 cache, with a super large 256 MB L3 cache to keep data flowing.

However, you cannot just build an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X system, and expect to instantly leverage all 64 cores.

 

How To Optimise For 64 Cores : An AMD Guide!

After working with the RED Digital Cinema team, AMD came up with some advice on how to optimise your system for 64 cores.

Optimising For 64 Cores Summarised

1. Ensure there is 1 GB to 2 GB of RAM per thread – the system should have 128 GB to 256 GB of memory.

2. Update to Windows 10 version 18362.535 or better (KB4530684 November 2019 Update)

3. The Windows application should be updated to support 65 or more threads, with the ability to span more than one processor group

4. For Linux users, Clear Linux Distro is the best for performance.

5. Reduce storage I/O bottleneck by disabling the virus scanner and system restore feature.

6. Use separate drives for project read, project write and operating systems.

7. AMD recommends these NVMe SSD models for maximum performance with 64 cores :

 

Where To Buy?

The 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is priced at RM16,999 / S$5,988 / US$3,990, with these online purchase options :

And here are online purchase options for the AMD-recommended NVMe SSD models :

 

Recommended Reading

Go Back To > Computer Hardware | Home

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


AMD Threadripper 3990X : World’s First 64-Core HEDT CPU!

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X – the world’s first 64-core, 128-thread HEDT processor is finally here!

Here are the full details on this crazy 64-core HEDT processor – the official tech briefing, the official promo video, specifications, price and more!

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor Family

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is the world’s first 64-core HEDT processor, headlining the 3rd Gen Threadripper family, which now looks like this :

  • Ryzen Threadripper 3990X : 64C / 128T, 2.9GHz / 4.3GHz, 288 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 3.7GHz / 4.5GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 3.8GHz / 4.5GHz, 140 MB cache

Like the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor is based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

Recommended : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper : Everything You Need To Know!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X : World’s First 64-Core HEDT CPU!

There is no better person to tell you how awesome it is to have 64-cores of processing power in the new Ryzen Threadripper 3990X than Robert Hallock, AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager.

 

New Socket sTRX4 + AMD TRX40 Chipset

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X requires a AMD TRX40 motherboard with a new sTRX4 processor socket. However, you will still be able to use existing Threadripper coolers.

The processor comes with 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes, of which 56 are available for use. The AMD TRX40 chipset adds another 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes, with 16 free lanes.

In total, the new Socket sTRX4 and TRX40 chipset will give you 72 free PCIe 4.0 lanes to use, compared to just 56 free PCIe 3.0 lanes in previous generations.

In addition, the new AMD TRX40 chipset communicates with the 3rd Gen Threadripper using a PCIe 4.0 x8 link. This gives it 4X more bandwidth than the PCIe 3.0 x4 link used in the first two generations.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Specifications

This table compares the specifications of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, against their 2nd Gen brethren :

Specifications TR
3990X
TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 64 / 128 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 2.9 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.3 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 32 MB 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 256 MB 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $3990 $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Performance

In this video, Robert shows how the new 64-core Threadripper 3990X and even the 32-core Threadripper 3970X handily beat the Intel Xeon W-3275 processor – their best single-chip processor.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Price + Availability

The 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is priced at a princely RM16,999 / S$5,988 / US$3,990, which is almost double that of the Threadripper 3970X!

You can grab one from AMD or their retail partners starting from 7 February 2020 onwards, and start making your own Terminator : Dark Fate movie! 😀

 

Recommended Reading

Go Back To > Computer Hardware | Home

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


3rd Gen AMD Threadripper : Everything You Need To Know!

AMD gave us a tech and performance briefing on the two 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors they just launched.

Here is EVERYTHING we know so far about the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors!

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Tech Preview

Giving us a preview of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors is Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Performance Preview

And here we have the official 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper performance preview featuring Dr. Lisa Su, Robert Hallock and James Knight from AMD, as well as Dan Akers and Shawn Wallbridge of Blur Studio.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors

The first two members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors have been confirmed :

  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache

Like the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

 

New Socket sTRX4 + AMD TRX40 Chipset

AMD also announced that they are breaking backward compatibility with the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper.

They are introducing both a new sTRX4 processor socket, and a new AMD TRX40 chipset to support it. However, you will still be able to use existing Threadripper coolers.

The processor comes with 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes, of which 56 are available for use. The AMD TRX40 chipset adds another 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes, with 16 free lanes.

In total, the new Socket sTRX4 and TRX40 chipset will give you 72 free PCIe 4.0 lanes to use, compared to just 56 free PCIe 3.0 lanes in previous generations.

In addition, the new AMD TRX40 chipset communicates with the 3rd Gen Threadripper using a PCIe 4.0 x8 link. This gives it 4X more bandwidth than the PCIe 3.0 x4 link used in the first two generations.

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Specifications

This table compares the specifications of the first two 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, against their 2nd Gen brethren :

Specifications TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Performance Preview

AMD shared with us these benchmark results comparing the Threadripper 3960X and Threadripper 3970X against the Intel Core i9-9980XE.

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is priced at $1999, which is $200 more than the Threadripper 2990WX when it was launched. Here in Malaysia, its official price is RM 8,399 inclusive of SST.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, on the other hand, is priced at $1399 – $100 more than the Threadripper 2970WX when it was launched. Here in Malaysia, its official price is RM 5,899 inclusive of SST.

AMD will officially launch the 3970X and 3960X on 25 November 2019, and from the performance preview video, it looks like both models will be available on the same day!

 

Recommended Reading

Go Back To > Computer Hardware | Home

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


GIGABYTE TRX40 Threadripper Motherboards Revealed!

GIGABYTE is often the first to announce new motherboards, and they are right on the dot with the new AMD TRX40 chipset!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the four new GIGABYTE TRX40 motherboards for the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors!

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Threadripper Motherboards

At launch, GIGABYTE is introducing four AMD TRX40 motherboards – three under the AORUS sub-brand, and the fourth is a Designare model. Let’s check them out :

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS MASTER

  • 16+3 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink, Heatpipe with Extended Heatsink and NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • AQUANTIA 5GbE LAN and Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed
  • 3 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5
  • 130dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9218 DAC, ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • USB TurboCharger for Mobile Device Fast Charge Support
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 Features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS XTREME

  • 16+3 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Thermal Reactive Armor Design with Fins-Array Heatsink, 8mm Mega-Heatpipe and NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • Intel X550-AT2 Dual 10GbE BASE-T LAN with cFosSpeed
  • 4 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5 with 2X AORUS Antenna
  • 130dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9218 DAC, ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • Exclusive AORUS Gen4 AIC Adaptor for Extra 4 NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2
  • USB TurboCharger for Mobile Device Fast Charge Support
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS PRO WIFI

  • 12+2 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator
  • 3 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5
  • 120dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 DESIGNARE

  • 4 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5 with 2X AORUS Antenna
  • Realtek ALC4050H + Realtek ALC1220 codecs
  • Exclusive AORUS Gen4 AIC Adaptor for Extra 4 NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Motherboards : Specifications

To make it easier for you to compare the four GIGABYTE TRX40 motherboard models, we created this comparison table :

Specifications TRX40
AORUS Master
TRX40 AORUS Xtreme TRX40 AORUS PRO WiFi TRX40 Designare
Form Factor E-ATX XL-ATX ATX XL-ATX
Chipset AMD TRX40
CPU Support 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors
Memory Support 8 x DDR4-3200 slots
Max. 256 GB, OC up to DDR4-4400
BIOS 2 x 128 Mbit AMI EUFI BIOS
PCIe 4.0 x16 Slots 2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
PCIe 4.0 x1 Slots 1 NA 1 1
M.2 Sockets 3 4 3 4
SATA 6Gb/s Ports 8 10 8 8
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Ports 5 x Type A
1 x Type C
7 x Type A
1 x Type C
5 x Type A
1 x Type C
5 x Type A
1 x Type C
USB 3.2 Headers 1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
USB 2.0 Ports 2 x Type A NA 4 x Type A 2 x Type A
USB 2.0 Headers 4 4 4 4
LAN Aquantia 5GbE
Intel GbE
2 x Intel 10GbE Intel GbE 2 x Intel GbE
WiFi Intel WiFi 6 AX200 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Motherboards : Availability

As the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors and their AMD TRX40 chipset will only be launched on 25 November 2019, GIGABYTE cannot officially announce price and availability.

We will update this article when we have more information, so check back on or after 25 November for their price and availability!

 

Recommended Reading

Go Back To > Computer Hardware | Home

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


AMD Ryzen 9 3950X + 3rd Gen Threadripper Delayed To Nov!

AMD just announced that they will now launch the Ryzen 9 3950X together with the first slew of 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processorsin November 2019!

 

AMD Ryzen 9 Availability

We reported back in August that AMD was having trouble meeting the high demand for their Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics cards.

At that time, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X was hard to come by, and that has not changed until today – it is still hard to get your hands on one, compared to say, the Ryzen 7 3700X.

It appears that they have yield issues with the Ryzen 9 3900 that has kept availability low, compared to the other 3rd Gen Ryzen models.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X + 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Delayed!

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is a 16-core, 32-thread processor to top off the 3rd Gen Ryzen family, offering a 3.5 GHz base clock, a 4.7 GHz boost clock, and 72 MB of L2 and L3 caches.

Back in June, AMD announced that the Ryzen 9 3950X would be available sometime in September 2019.

However, they have now announced that it will delayed and launched together with the 3rd Gen Threadripper processors in November.

We are focusing on meeting the strong demand for our 3rd generation AMD Ryzen processors in the market and now plan to launch both the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and initial members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor family in volume this November.

We are confident that when enthusiasts get their hands on the world’s first 16-core mainstream desktop processor and our next-generation of high-end desktop processors, the wait will be well worth it.

To assuage the disappointment of Ryzen fans, they shared with us the first “picture” of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor. It’s really just a promotional render.

 

Ryzen 9 3950X + 3rd Gen Threadripper Delay : Good or Bad?

Well, if you have been hoping to upgrade to the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X this month, it’s bad news, of course.

But two months passes in a jiffy, and when you think about it – it could potentially be good news.

For one thing, the high demand and low availability of the Ryzen 9 3900X meant that it is being sold at inflated prices right now.

The same thing will likely happen with the Ryzen 9 3950X, because yields will be significantly lower than lower-end models, like the Ryzen 7 3700X.

By delaying the launch, AMD buys time to improve the yield and volume for both the Ryzen 9 3950X and the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors.

This should, hopefully, keep availability high and the prices steady when they eventually launch in November.

 

Recommended Reading

Go Back To > Computer Hardware | Home

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


2nd Gen Threadripper Price, Features + Specifications Updated!

On 13 August 2018, AMD officially launched the 2nd Gen Threadripper processor family with the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX blazing the trail, and another three models following suit. Let’s take a look at their key features, price and specifications!

Updated @ 2018-11-02 : Updated the specifications of the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors, and added the official Malaysian prices.

Originally posted @ 2018-08-14

 

2nd Gen Threadripper Models

AMD announced two variants – the higher-end WX series for creators, and the X series for enthusiasts and gamers.

Threadripper WX Series CPUs

Threadripper X Series CPUs

[adrotate group=”1″]

 

2nd Gen Threadripper Specifications

Here are the specifications of the four processors :

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2990WX
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2970WX
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2950X
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2920X
Transistor Count19.2 Billion19.2 Billion9.6 Billion9.6 Billion
Die Size213 mm² x 4213 mm² x 4213 mm² x 2213 mm² x 2
Cores / Threads32 / 6424 / 4816 / 3212 / 24
Base Clock3,0 GHz3.0 GHz3.5 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock4.2 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHz4.3 GHz
L2 Cache16 MB12 MB8 MB6 MB
L3 Cache64 MB64 MB32 MB32 MB
PCIe 3.0 Lanes64646464
TDP250 watts250 watts180 watts180 watts
Availability13 August 2018October 201831 August 2018October 2018
PriceUS$ 1,799
RM 7,999
US$ 1,299
RM 5,499
US$ 899
RM 3,899
US$ 649
RM 2,749

Next Page > 2nd Gen Threadripper Key Features, Performance, Price + Availability

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


2nd Gen Threadripper Key Features

Built on the 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture, the 2nd Gen Threadripper processors, they offer up to 32 cores and 64 threads, with higher base and boost clock speeds. They are compatible with existing AMD X399 motherboards with a BIOS update.

The 2nd Gen Threadripper processors also feature improved AMD SenseMI Technology, with Precision Boost 2, and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2). Other performance and value-added features include :

  • AMD StoreMI Technology : All X399 platform customers will now have free access to AMD StoreMI Technology enabling configured PCs to load files, games, and applications from a high-capacity hard drive at SSD-like read speeds.
  • Ryzen Master Utility : Like all AMD Ryzen processors, 2nd Gen Threadripper CPUs are fully unlocked. With the updated AMD Ryzen Master Utility, AMD has added new features like fast core detection both on die and per-CCX, advanced hardware controls, and simple, one-click workload optimisations.
  • Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) : A new performance—enhancing feature that allows multi-threaded boost limits to be raised by tapping into extra power delivery headroom in premium motherboards.

 

How Fast Are The 2nd Gen Threadripper CPUs?

In this comparison, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is between 35% and 51% faster than the Intel Core i9-7980XE.

When it comes to games, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X was slightly slower than the Intel Core i9-7900X processor, but much faster in content creation – between 18% to 41% faster.

 

2nd Gen Threadripper Price + Availability

The 32-core, 64-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is available from 14  August 2018 onwards at a recommended retail price of US$1,799 / RM 7,999.

The 16-core, 32-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processor will launch on 31 August 2018, with a recommended retail price of US$899 / RM 3,899.

[adrotate group=”2″]

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X models officially launched on 29 October 2018, with prices of US$1,299 / RM 5,499 and US$649 / RM 2,749 respectively.

Here are some direct purchase links in Malaysia, the United States and the United Kingdom (accurate as of Nov. 3, 2018) :

Next Page > The 2nd Gen Threadripper Presentation Slides

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


The 2nd Gen Threadripper Presentation Slides

Here are the 2nd Gen Threadripper presentation slides by Jim Anderson, SVP and GM of the AMD Computing and Graphics Business Group.

 

Recommended Reading

[adrotate group=”2″]

Go Back To > First PageComputer Hardware + Systems | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Preview – 24 Core Power!

AMD announced the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX on 13 August 2018, but it was only officially launched today. So let’s take a look at this 24-core 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processor!

 

2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper

When AMD revealed the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors on 13 August 2018, they announced two variants – the higher-end WX series for creators, and the X series for enthusiasts and gamers.

Threadripper WX Series CPUs

Threadripper X Series CPUs

 

2nd Gen Threadripper Specifications

Here are the specifications of the four processors :

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2990WX
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2970WX
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2950X
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2920X
Transistor Count19.2 Billion19.2 Billion9.6 Billion9.6 Billion
Die Size213 mm² x 4213 mm² x 4213 mm² x 2213 mm² x 2
Cores / Threads32 / 6424 / 4816 / 3212 / 24
Base Clock3,0 GHz3.0 GHz3.5 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock4.2 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHz4.3 GHz
L2 Cache16 MB12 MB8 MB6 MB
L3 Cache64 MB64 MB32 MB32 MB
PCIe 3.0 Lanes64646464
TDP250 watts250 watts180 watts180 watts
Availability13 August 2018October 201831 August 2018October 2018
PriceUS$ 1,799
RM 7,999
US$ 1,299
RM 5,499
US$ 899
RM 3,899
US$ 649
RM 2,749
[adrotate group=”1″]

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX comes in a large sealed display case. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

Inside the box, you will case, you will find the following items :

  • One AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX processor in a shock-proof case
  • One set of AMD Ryzen Threadripper documents
  • One large AMD Ryzen Threadipper case badge
  • One set of water cooler mount and installation tool

Next Page > AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Up Close + Key Features

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Up Close!

Built on the 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX has 24 cores which handles up to 48 simultaneous threads. It boasts higher base and boost clock speeds, with a 12 MB L2 cache, and a 64 MB L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX processor also features improved AMD SenseMI Technology, with Precision Boost 2, and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2). Let’s take a look at its key features…

 

AMD Zen+ Microarchitecture

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX is based on the improved AMD Zen+ microarchitecture, which delivers slightly better performance, with lower cache and memory latencies :

  • 3% more 1T IPC (instructions per second)
  • 13% lower L1 cache latency
  • 34% lower L2 cache latency
  • 16% lower L3 cache latency
  • 11% lower memory latency
  • Official support for JEDEC DDR4-2933

12LP Process Technology

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX is fabricated using the 12LP (12 nm Leading Performance) process technology from GlobalFoundries. This is the same process technology used in the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor.

[adrotate group=”2″]

12LP is really a 14 nm process, with improvements and a tighter pitch, so the die size and transistor count remain the same. However, the improved process allows for these improvements :

  • top clock speed increased by 250 MHz
  • “all core” now overclock around 4.2 GHz
  • CPU voltage is reduced by about 50 mV at all clock speeds
  • up to 11% lower power consumption, compared to 14 nm
  • up to 16% better performance per watt, compared to 14 nm

Precision Boost 2

Precision Boost 2 is one of the biggest improvements in AMD SenseMI. It replaces the old 2-core boost model, with a linear boost model. This allows for much greater performance for games and applications that use more than 2 cores.

Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2)

XFR 2 will boosts its performance by 4-7%, depending on the performance of the installed CPU cooler.

AMD X399 Chipset

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX will run on the existing AMD X399 motherboards, with a BIOS update. However, motherboard vendors have new AMD X399 Refresh motherboards that will offer higher overclockability, and the AMD StoreMI Technology as a value-added bonus.

AMD StoreMI is basically an OEM version of the Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic software, which allows you to combine all of your storage drives into a single virtual storage drive. It can even add up to 2 GB of DDR4 memory as a very fast cache to the combined drive.

 

Recommended Reading

Go Back To > First PageComputer Hardware + Systems | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

MSI MEG X399 Creation + MSI Xpander-Aero Preview

If you are excited about the upcoming GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Xtreme motherboard, your jaw will drop when you see the upcoming MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard. It is probably the most extreme (and expensive) AMD X399 Refresh motherboard at Computex 2018.

MSI threw everything but the kitchen sink into this massive X399 motherboard. But they want to stuff even more storage capabilities, so they are throwing in a free MSI Xpander-Aero card too! Let’s take a close look at both the MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard, and the MSI Xpander-Aero card!

 

The MSI MEG X399 Creation Motherboard

MSI designed the MEG X399 Creation to be the ultimate AMD X399 Refresh motherboard. It has eight DDR4 memory slots, four PCIe x16 slots and a 19-phase digital power design with dual 8-pin EPS power connectors.

It also comes with extensive thermal monitoring and fan controls – no less than ten PWM fan controls, and three dedicated thermal sensors on board! it also comes with three M.2 slots – all cooled by a large two-piece L-shaped heatsink.

The MSI MEG X399 Creation has dual Intel Gigabit LAN ports, and built-in 802.11ac WiFi (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

MSI expects to begin production of this massive motherboard at the end of July 2018. It will have a target price of $499 / €428 / RM 2,000.

[adrotate group=”1″]

 

The MSI Xpander-Aero Card

If three M.2 slots are not enough, the MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard comes with the new MSI Xpander-Aero card bundled. This is basically MSI’s version of the ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 (Price Check) card that powered the super-fast 8TB WD SSD RAID array, enhanced with a fan. Hence, the Aero moniker.

The MSI Xpander-Aero card allows you to install up to four M.2 solid state drives, up to 22 mm x 110 mm in size. The card is also powered by an additional 6-pin PCIe power connector. It only supports NVMe SSDs and not SATA SSDs.

These drives are not just cooled by a massive heatsink, there is a large fan to keep everything running cool, preventing the drives from throttling from excessive temperatures. MSI told us that they also designed the Xpander-Aero to look like a graphics card. The downside – it takes up two slots.

Go Back To > Computer Hardware + Systems | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

No Surprise : Threadripper 1950X Wins CES 2018 Award

No surprise here. AMD just announced that their Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor (Price Check) won the CES 2018 Best of Innovation Award in the Computer Hardware and Components category. AMD is justifiably proud of this, but if you have no idea what’s going on, continue on below, and make sure you read our article – All You Need To Know About The AMD Ryzen Threadripper.

 

The Threadripper 1950X Wins CES 2018 Award

As a do-it-all powerhouse built to serve the needs of the most demanding developers, prosumers, creators and enthusiasts, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Price Check) processor supports 16 cores and 32 threads, delivering world-class performance built around AMD’s powerful “Zen” core architecture.

This high-end processor delivers overwhelming processing power, unrestrained potential, and superior performance over your most daunting tasks and workloads.

“The overwhelmingly positive response from enthusiasts and expert reviewers that greeted the release of AMD Ryzen Threadripper already served as a huge reward for the AMD whole engineering team who built this ground-breaking product,” said AMD Chief Marketing Officer John Taylor. “Now, with its selection as a CES 2018 Best of Innovation Award winner, Ryzen Threadripper achieves a special standing and place of leadership in the incredible history of processor innovation.”

[adrotate group=”2″]

The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), owner and producer of CES 2018, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers, and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics across 28 categories.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Price Check) processor will be displayed at CES 2018, which runs January 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Best of Innovation Honorees are also displayed at CES Unveiled New York on November 9 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

Go Back To > News | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Confirmed : The Threadripper Is An EPYC CPU In Disguise!

Veteran German overclocker der8auer is back at it again! This time, he set out to prove that the two non-functional dies of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU are not blanks, as some pundits have claimed. What he discovered confirms that the Threadripper is really an EPYC processor in disguise!

Don’t forget to check out our previous article on this same issue – The Secrets Of The Delidded Threadripper CPU Revealed!

 

Four Dies But Only Two Work

Thanks to the der8auer’s delidded Threadripper, we know that the Ryzen Threadripper has four AMD Ryzen (Zeppelin) dies, each with 8 Zen cores. Since the Threadripper is only designed to be a 16-core processor, two of the dies are non-functional. So why are there two extra dies?

Simple answer – easier and cheaper production. This is counter-intuitive, so let us explain.

AMD makes a 32-core server processor that uses four Zeppelin cores. Formerly known as AMD Naples, we now know it as the AMD EPYC processor.

Instead of creating a separate production line for Ryzen Threadripper, it is easier and cheaper for AMD to just pick out EPYC parts to use. After all, the EPYC and Threadripper processors both use sockets that are physically the same – SP3 and SP3r2 (TR4), with the same number of pins – 4094.

Combining their production gives them greater economies of scale. Both EPYC and Threadripper are not mass-market processors after all. It also allows them to salvage EPYC processors that don’t make the grade. This isn’t new or extraordinary – the semiconductor industry has been binning and salvaging chips for decades.

 

The Threadripper Is Really An AMD EPYC CPU

According to AMD, the non-functioning dies are really just “structural inserts” (aka blanks) used to support the integrated heat spreader (IHS), and prevent its deformation under pressure. They also revealed that the two functional dies are placed diagonally to “reduce hot spot formation“.

So der8auer set out to prove that AMD used actual Ryzen processor dies (either non-functioning or disabled), instead of blanks. After removing the four dies and sanding them down, he proved that they are all actual Ryzen (Zeppelin) dies.

The pictures above are screenshots from der8auer’s video. All credit should go to him.

As you can see, none of the dies appear to be blanks or mere structural inserts. They appear to be proper Ryzen dies that have either been disabled, or are non-functioning. You can literally see the processor cores after der8auer sanded down the dies.

In other words, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper is really an AMD EPYC CPU, with two of its processor dies disabled / non-functional.

[adrotate group=”1″]

Of course, this is merely one example. AMD could possibly produce some Threadripper processors with blanks. But as we pointed out, the Threadripper and EPYC processors are so fundamentally similar, it would make sense for AMD to just produce both in the same production line. This allows them to quickly adjust the type of processors produced according to market demand.

All partially-functioning parts will naturally be used as Threadripper CPUs, but unless AMD’s yield is extremely poor, most will be perfectly good AMD EPYC processors that merely have two of their dies disabled.

 

[adrotate group=”2″]

Reading Suggestions

Go Back To > Articles | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

All You Need To Know About AMD Ryzen Threadripper! Rev. 7

AMD has finally announced the specifications, pricing and availability for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor! This follows their AMD Computex 2017 press conference, where they showed off the massive 16-core CPU that 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 processors – specifications, performance, and even the special Game Mode feature! Read and SHARE!

Updated @ 2017-09-04 : We updated the availability of the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor, and added many links, including a link to The First AMD X399 Threadripper Motherboards. Also cleaned up many parts of the article.

Updated @ 2017-08-11 : We added the South East Asian prices, and a new page on the Ryzen Threadripper’s multithreaded CPU performance, gaming performance and the special Threadripper Game Mode option!

Updated @ 2017-07-31 : We added details of the newly-announced Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor, and availability of all three models. We also added a new section on the Delidded Threadripper, and the secrets it revealed!

Updated @ 2017-07-26 : We added a picture of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper box!

Updated @ 2017-07-18 : We added the official AMD Ryzen Threadripper specifications and prices, confirming many of the earlier leaked details. Don’t forget to check out the official announcement video below!

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

Originally posted @ 2017-06-05

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper will have up to 16 cores, processing up to 32 simultaneous threads. It will use the new Socket TR4, have quad-channel DDR4 memory support and feature 64 PCI Express lanes. If you were impressed by the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 processors (read our AMD Ryzen 7 1800X review), just imagine how powerful the 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor will be.

In this video, 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 demo of Prey running on 4K (on Ultra High settings) using the AMD Ryzen Threadripper, with dual AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. However, she did not reveal the average frame rate of this setup.

In this new video, Dr. Lisa Su and John Taylor (Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, AMD), reveal the specifications of the two first AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors (as well as the first two Ryzen 3 processors). It also shows both Ryzen Threadripper CPUs delivering higher performance in Cinebench R15 than Intel Core i9-7900X X-Series processor.

Targeted at the high-end desktop (HEDT) market, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper is paired with the X399 chipset and the new Socket TR4, offering quad memory channels and support up to 2TB of DDR4 memory, as well as 64 PCI Express 3.0 lanes!

ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI already have motherboards built around the AMD X399 chipset. Everything is set for the Threadripper’s epic battle against the newly-announced Intel X-Series processors!

Next Page > Specifications, Prices & Availability, The Threadripper Up Close & Delidded, Earlier Leaks

[adrotate group=”1″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Specifications, Prices & Availability

On 13 July 2017, AMD revealed announced the Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) models. A week later, they announced the 8-core Threadripper 1900X (Lowest Price) model. Here are their specifications :

Specifications Ryzen Threadripper
1950X
Ryzen Threadripper
1920X
Ryzen Threadripper
1900X
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16
Core Clock Speed 3.4 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Boost Clock Speed 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz
XFR Support Yes Yes Yes
L2 Cache Size 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB
L3 Cache Size 32 MB 32 MB 16 MB
Maximum Memory 128 GB 128 GB 128 GB
Max. TDP 180 W 180 W 180 W
Launch Price US$ 999 US$ 799 US$ 549
Availability 10 August 2017 10 August 2017 1 September 2017

Both the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) processors are available for pre-order starting 30 July 2017, with delivery and general market availability on 10 August 2017.

AMD originally stated that the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X (Lowest Price) would be available on 31 August 2017, but they later shifted it one day later to 1 September 2017.

Here are the prices for South East Asia, with their estimated value in USD.

Countries Tax AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X
United States Not inclusive USD 999 USD 799
Indonesia 10% VAT Rp 14,790,000
~USD 1,111
Rp 11,749,000
~USD 882
Malaysia 6% GST RM 4,799
~USD 1,120
RM 3,899
~USD 938
Philippines 12% VAT PHP 59,700
~USD 1,179
PHP 47,500
~USD 1,179
Singapore 7% GST SGD 1,589
~USD 1,166
SGD 1,279
~USD 938
Thailand 7% VAT ฿ 49,900
~USD 1,216
฿ 33,900
~USD 1,008
Vietnam 10% VAT 29,000,000 ₫
~USD 1,272
23,100,000 ₫
~USD 1,013

For your convenience, here are some Amazon purchase links :

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor only – $999
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X processor only – $799
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor only – $549
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X + GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7$1389
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X + Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler – $1124
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X + GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7$1189
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X + Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler – $924

For the AMD X399 motherboard options, please take a look at Introducing The First AMD X399 Threadripper Motherboards!

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Up Close

After the AMD Computex 2017 press conference, 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!

[adrotate group=”1″]

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Delidded

German overclocked der8auer delidded a Threadripper processor with AMD’s permission recently, revealing many interesting facts.

  • It has four Zeppelin dies with 32 cores, but only two dies (16 cores) are functional.
  • It is functionally the AMD EPYC server processor with half the dies disabled.
  • The dies are soldered to a gold-plated heat spreader using indium solder.

Get the full nitty-gritty details in The Secrets of the Delidded Threadripper CPU Revealed!

 

Earlier Threadripper Leaks

These were the leaked information we posted earlier :

  • Although rumoured to be branded as the AMD Ryzen 9 processor (to directly compete against the newly-announced Intel Core i9 processors), AMD will be using the Ryzen Threadripper name instead. We can’t blame them – Threadripper is certainly a better and more memorable name than Ryzen 9![adrotate banner=”4″] -> Correct! AMD has announced that it will be called AMD Ryzen Threadripper!
  • AMD will launch two Threadripper processors on 27 July 2017. -> Correct!
  • The top-of-the-line processor will have 16 cores, capable of handling 32 simultaneous threads-> Correct! It is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X!
  • There will also be a 12-core processor, capable of handling 24 simultaneous threads. -> Correct! It is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X!
  • There will eventually be 14-core and 10-core versions as well.
  • All AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors will support quad DDR4 memory channels and 64 PCI Express lanes. -> Correct!
  • They are rumoured to use a solder thermal interface material (TIM), which would make deliding of the processor by enthusiasts difficult, if not impossible.  -> Correct!

Next Page > The Box, Multithreaded & Gaming Performance, Threadripper Game Mode

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Box

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper comes in an awesome box. Check it out!

 

Multithreaded CPU Performance

AMD shared these multithreaded performance results for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) processors, compared to the Intel Core i9-7900X.

Here is a summary of the results, using the Intel Core i9-7900X as the baseline (100%)  :

Benchmark Intel Core i9-7900X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
POV-Ray 3.7 100% + 6.1% + 30.8%
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 100% – 4.9% + 16.7%
HandBrake 1.0.7 100% + 5.1% + 21.0%
7-Zip 16.0.2 100% + 3.5% + 26.9%
VeraCrypt 1.2.1 100% + 18.6% + 55.1%
Corona Photorealism 1.3 100% + 1.1% + 26.8%
[adrotate group=”1″]

 

1440p Gaming Performance

And here are 1440p gaming performance results on the two AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Here is a quick comparison of the results, using the Threadripper 1920X (Lowest Price) as the baseline (100%)  :

Benchmark AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
Rise of the Tomb Raider 100% + 0.7%
Ashes of the Singularity 100% + 5.3%
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 100% + 2.9%
Battlefield 1 100% + 1.7%
Hitman 100% + 19.2%

 

The Threadripper Game Mode

Games are mostly optimised for quad-core processors… and rarely make use of octa-core processors. In fact, having even more cores can result in poorer performance due to poor thread scheduling. In some cases, the game may not even run at all.

To avoid those problems, AMD developer the Threadripper Game Mode. You can switch from the default “Creator Mode” to the “Game Mode” in the AMD Ryzen Master utility. Switching to Game Mode changes the Threadripper processor in two ways :

[adrotate group=”2″]
  • It temporarily disables half the CPU cores, turning the Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) into an 8C 16T processor like the AMD Ryzen 1800X, and the Threadripper 1920X (Lowest Price) into an 6C 12T processor like the AMD Ryzen 1600X.
  • It tells the operating system to use a Local Mode (NUMA) memory, which keeps the game and its memory footprint inside one CPU die and the locally-connected DRAM memory. This minimises several key latency points in the system, which will improve gaming performance.

Once you are done playing your game, you can switch back to Creator Mode to make full use of all of the Threadripper’s cores.

Let’s take a look at the performance difference between the Creator Mode and the Game Mode.

As you can see, the Game Mode improves the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X’s gaming performance by 10% to 38%. It’s likely that disabling half the cores also allow the Threadripper to clock them higher, as there is now a much higher thermal headroom.

Go Back To > First PageArticles | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Introducing The First AMD X399 Threadripper Motherboards!

Planning to buy the AMD Ryzen Threadripper? Don’t forget about the motherboard! To help you make your choice, here are the first AMD X399 motherboards you can pair your Threadripper with!

Updated @ 2017-09-03 : Added the ASUS PRIME X399-A motherboard, and purchase links for all AMD X399 motherboards. Other minor updates.

Originally posted @ 2017-08-15

 

The AMD X399 Chipset

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper is designed specifically to work with the AMD X399 chipset. Together, they offer the following features :

  • 64 PCI Express lanes
  • Quad-channel DDR4 SDRAM memory
  • Up to 2 native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
  • Up to 14 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
  • Up to 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • Up to 16 SATA ports

As announced in Computex 2017, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper will launch with AMD X399 motherboards from ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI. Here are those motherboards :

 

The ASRock X399 Taichi

The ASRock X399 Taichi (Lowest Price) has the shortest and easiest name to remember. Here are its key features :

[adrotate group=”2″]
  • IR Digital PWM with 11 Power Phases
  • Supports quad-channel DDR4-3600+ (OC) and ECC UDIMM memory
  • 4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 and 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220), supports DTS Connect
  • 8 x SATA 6 Gb/s
  • 3 x Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x 4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type A + Type C)
  • 12 x USB 3.0 (4 Front, 8 Rear)
  • 1 x U.2 connector
  • Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Intel 802.11ac WiFi
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • Lowest Price : Amazon

Next Page > ASUS PRIME X399-A & ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme X399

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


The ASUS PRIME X399-A

The ASUS PRIME X399-A (Lowest Price) boasts the following features :

  • 5-Way Optimization: One-click, system-wide tuning, delivering optimized overclocks and intelligent cooling for CPU or GPU-intensive tasks.
  • Industry-leading cooling options: Comprehensive controls for fans and water pumps, via Fan Xpert 4 software or the acclaimed ASUS UEFI.
  • Next-gen connectivity: Onboard U.2, M.2 and front-panel USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector.
  • M.2 heatsink: Ultra-efficient heatsink reduces M.2 SSD temperatures by up to 20°C for unthrottled transfer speeds and enhanced reliability.
  • Aura Sync: Controllable onboard RGB lighting easily syncs with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura Sync-capable hardware.
  • Lowest Price : Amazon

[adrotate group=”1″]

 

The ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme X399

The ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme X399 (Lowest Price) boasts the following features :

  • Onboard M.2 Heatsink: Cools your M.2 drive, delivering consistent storage performance and enhanced reliability.
  • Synchronize RGB lighting: With a vast portfolio of Aura Sync capable PC gear – now with support for addressable light strips
  • ROG DIMM.2: Dual M.2 expansion card allows use of fans to prevent throttling
  • LiveDash OLED : Customizable panel displays vital system stats or your own logo
  • Best gaming networking: Intel Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ad Wi-Fi, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
  • Gaming audio: SupremeFX S1220 teamed with Sonic Studio III, cast an aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action.
  • 5-Way Optimization: Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor made for your rig
  • Best gaming protection: SafeSlot, and carefully-selected premium components for maximum durability
  • Lowest Price : Amazon

Next Page > GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7 & MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


The GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7

The GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7 (Lowest Price) boasts the following features :

[adrotate group=”2″]
  • Quad Channel ECC / Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 8 DIMMs, 3600 MHz+(OC)
  • Front and Rear USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and Rear Type-A ports
  • Server-Class Digital Power Design & Gold Plated Solid Power Connectors
  • ALC1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone AMP and WIMA audio capacitor
  • Sound BlasterX 720° Audio Engine for 4K Gaming and Entertainment
  • Killer E2500 GbE LAN
  • Intel Dual Band 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 – AC 8265 WiFi Module
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show design, support Digital LED & RGB LED strips
  • Swappable Overlay for Accent LED PCH
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers
  • Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and Thermal Guard
  • NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 U.2 support by optional adaptor
  • USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage
  • Precise Digital USB Fuse Design for Stronger Protection
  • Anti-Sulfur Resistor Design
  • Ultra Durable 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS with Q-Flash Plus USB port
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • Lowest Price : Amazon

[adrotate group=”1″]

 

The MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

The MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC (Lowest Price) boasts the following features :

  • Support 8 DIMMs, Quad Channel DDR4 3600+ (OC)
  • Digital Power Design with 10+3 power phase
  • Mystic Light : 16.8 milliom colors / 17 effects controlled in one click. Mystic Light Sync supports both RGB and RAINBOW LED strip
  • 3D Printing Support: exchangeable cover and 3D X-MOUNTING screws
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: 3x TURBO M.2 with M.2 Shield, LIGHTNING USB 3.1 GEN2
  • NAHIMIC 2+: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor: Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
  • Intel-powered Gaming LAN and Wireless support
  • Multi GPU support with Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports 4-Way NVIDIA SLI & 4-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Lowest Price : Amazon

Go Back To > First PageArticles | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


The Secrets Of The Delidded Threadripper CPU Revealed!

A few days ago, veteran German overclocker der8auer delidded* an AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor with AMD’s permission recently. The video and pictures of the delidded Threadripper revealed many interesting facts about the upcoming 16-core desktop processor. He was soon asked to remove the video, but as they say – the Internet never forgets.

In this article, we will summarise the secrets revealed by der8auer’s delidded Threadripper processor!

* Delidding a processor means removing its integrated heat spreader (IHS), to reveal the processor die(s) underneath.

Don’t forget to catch our follow-up article – Confirmed : The Threadripper Is An EPYC CPU In Disguise!

 

Four Dies But Only Two Are Functional

Although many of us assumed that Threadripper would use two AMD Ryzen (aka Zeppelin) dies, the der8aeur’s delidded Threadripper revealed four Ryzen dies underneath the heatsink!

As you know, every Zeppelin die has eight AMD Zen processor cores inside. So technically, every AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor has 32 processor cores in them.

AMD has confirmed that only two of the four Zeppelin dies in the Ryzen Threadripper is functional. The other two are permanently disabled.

 

EPYC Processor In Threadripper Clothes

The presence of four Zeppelin dies means the Ryzen Threadripper is functionally the AMD EPYC server processor, with two of its dies disabled.

Why would AMD use four processor dies when they only need two? Simple answer – easier and cheaper production. This is counter-intuitive, so let us explain.

AMD makes a 32-core server processor that uses four Zeppelin cores. Formerly known as AMD Naples, we now know it as the AMD EPYC processor.

Instead of creating a separate production line for Ryzen Threadripper, it is easier and cheaper for AMD to just pick out EPYC parts to use. After all, the EPYC and Threadripper processors both use sockets that are physically the same – SP3 and SP3r2 (TR4), with the same number of pins – 4094.

Combining their production gives them greater economies of scale. Both EPYC and Threadripper are not mass-market processors after all. It also allows them to salvage EPYC processors that don’t make the grade. This isn’t new or extraordinary – the semiconductor industry has been binning and salvaging chips for decades.

[adrotate group=”1″]

 

Indium Solder + Gold-Plating

AMD did not skimp on the TIM (Thermal Interface Material). In fact, they went for top-of-the-line solution – gold-plating the base of the heat spreader, and directly soldering the dies to it using an indium solder.

This is as good as it gets, ladies and gentlemen. So please don’t waste your time and kill your Ryzen Threadripper processor by delidding it!

 

Possible 32-Core Threadripper

The decision to produce the Ryzen Threadripper as a clipped version of the AMD EPYC processor means it would be very easy for AMD to release a 32-core Threadripper processor down the road.

However, we think this is quite unlikely as the market for a 32-core desktop processor will be miniscule. Even the 16-core Ryzen Threadripper will sell only in small numbers – much, much smaller than the highly-popular Ryzen 7 processors.

 

[adrotate group=”2″]

Reading Suggestions

Go Back To > Articles | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference Revealed!

The most important event on Day 2 of Computex Taipei 2017 was the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference. It was headlined by AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su, and Jim Anderson, SVP and GM of the AMD Computing and Graphics division.

The hour-long press conference was, as usual, packed with information and teasers. Check out what went on during the AMD Computex 2017 press conference!

 

The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

The atmosphere in the room was definitely more electric this year. At Computex 2016, AMD Zen (now Ryzen) and Vega may have appeared to be pipe dreams. But at this press conference, no one doubts that AMD will deliver what they promised, and then some. It was now a matter of when, not if.

The upcoming AMD Threadripper with its 16 cores is obviously targeted at the Intel X-Series processors that were just announced yesterday. Even its chipset, the X399, seemed to be intentionally named to “beat” the Intel X299 chipset.

Meanwhile, the announcement of the AMD Ryzen Mobile processors finally injects some excitement into the mobile computing market. Not just because it will offer performance closer to that of the Intel Core processors, but also because it will be the first Ryzen APU that will feature an on-die AMD Vega GPU!

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Our Blow-by-Blow Account Of The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

This morning’s major event is the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

We Asians are always trying to get the front seats… with everyone else!

The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference is about to begin!

Spencer Pan, President of AMD Greater China : 2017 is AMD’s 30th year in Taiwan.

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su kicks off the AMD Computex 2017 press conference.

Next Page > AMD EPYC, Radeon Instinct & Ryzen Mobile

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

On AMD EPYC

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su introduces AMD.

The AMD EPYC processor will deliver leadership in the 2 socket market with 45% more cores, 122% more memory bandwidth and 60% more I/O.

Here are some benchmarks of the AMD EPYC processor in 1 socket and 2 socket configurations.

AMD will launch the EPYC processor on 20 June 2017.

There you are – the AMD EPYC processor!

[adrotate banner=”5″]

AMD Radeon Instinct vs. NVIDIA Tesla P100

AMD also showed off the performance of the Vega-based Radeon Instinct against the NVIDIA Tesla P100.

 

On AMD Ryzen Mobile

Jim Anderson announces the availability of AMD Ryzen Mobile CPU.

Introducing the AMD Ryzen Mobile processor!

The AMD Ryzen Mobile processor will be the first Ryzen APU with an on-die AMD Vega GPU!

That small chip is the new AMD Ryzen Mobile processor!

Next Page > Oculus, Ryzen Threadripper, AMD Vega, Post-Event

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Oculus Approves AMD Ryzen

AMD also announced that all DESKTOP Ryzen CPUs are Oculus-approved.

 

On AMD Ryzen Threadripper

Read more about AMD Ryzen Threadripper here!

Announcing the AMD Ryzen Threadripper. AMD has officially the coolest names for their CPUs in 2017!

AMD Threadripper – 16 cores, 32 threads and 64 PCIe lanes with quad memory channels.

Ain’t she a beauty? The AMD Threadripper.

That’s as close as you’re going to get to a launch date for AMD Threadripper at this point.

Read more about AMD Ryzen Threadripper here!

[adrotate banner=”5″]

On AMD Vega

The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition will launch on 27 June 2017. That’s as close as you’re going to get to a launch date for AMD Vega at this point.

Gamers will have to wait for SIGGRAPH 2017 in July. That’s when AMD will launch Radeon RX Vega!

 

Post-Event Pictures

With Dr. Lisa Su after the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference.

With Jim Anderson and the Ryzen Threadripper after the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

Go Back To > First Page | Events | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The Computex Taipei 2017 Live Coverage (Day 2)

This is the second day of our LIVE COVERAGE of Computex Taipei 2017. You can follow us LIVE on the Tech ARP Facebook page or keep track on this article. Computex Taipei 2017 runs for five full days, and we will be here until June 2!

This article will be updated live with pictures and details as and when they come in. Videos will be inserted at the end of every night, as they take time to process and upload.

 

Day 2 Schedule

The first day of Computex 2017 is the busiest day of the event. We are scheduled for back-to-back major events from morning until evening!

9:30 AM – 11 AM : AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM : ASUS, ASRock & GAMDIAS Booths… and more?

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

Catch our full coverage and the complete video of this keynote here!

This morning’s major event is the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

We Asians are always trying to get the front seats… with everyone else!

The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference is about to begin!

Spencer Pan, President of AMD Greater China : 2017 is AMD’s 30th year in Taiwan.

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su kicks off the AMD Computex 2017 press conference.

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su introduces AMD.

The AMD EPYC processor will deliver leadership in the 2 socket market with 45% more cores, 122% more memory bandwidth and 60% more I/O.

Here are some benchmarks of the AMD EPYC processor in 1 socket and 2 socket configurations.

AMD will launch the EPYC processor on 20 June 2017.

There you are – the AMD EPYC processor!

AMD also showed off the performance of the Vega-based Radeon Instinct against the NVIDIA Tesla P100.

Jim Anderson announces the availability of AMD Ryzen Mobile CPU.

Introducing the AMD Ryzen Mobile processor!

The AMD Ryzen Mobile processor will be the first Ryzen APU with an on-die AMD Vega GPU!

That small chip is the new AMD Ryzen Mobile processor!

AMD also announced that all DESKTOP Ryzen CPUs are Oculus-approved.

Announcing the AMD Threadripper. AMD has officially the coolest names for their CPUs in 2017!

AMD Threadripper – 16 cores, 32 threads and 64 PCIe lanes with quad memory channels.

Ain’t she a beauty? The AMD Threadripper.

That’s as close as you’re going to get to a launch date for AMD Threadripper at this point.

The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition will launch on 27 June 2017.

That’s as close as you’re going to get to a launch date for AMD Threadripper at this point.

Gamers will have to wait for SIGGRAPH 2017 in July. That’s when AMD will launch Radeon RX Vega!

Earlier today… with Dr. Lisa Su after the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference.

With Jim Anderson and the Ryzen Threadripper after the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference.

Catch our full coverage and the complete video of this keynote here!

Next Page > ASUS, ASRock & GAMDIAS Booth Visits

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

ASUS Booth Visit

Augmented reality – my two Taiwanese girlfriends, courtesy of the new ASUS ZenFone AR smartphone.

Want girlfriends like that? Get an ASUS ZenFone AR smartphone!

These ASUS ROG gaming mice are so pretty…#SoPretty

The dream gaming notebook for gamers – the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus!

 

 

 

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

ASRock Booth Visit

Up next – ASRock. So ke ai… right?

ASRock is not a modelling agency. We reviewed their motherboards earlier… remember?

Anyway, here’s a peek at their new Intel X299 motherboards.

The ASRock team.

 

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

 

GAMDIAS Booth Visit

Our first stop at Nangang today is GAMDIAS!

I think GAMDIAS means beauty…

This year, GAMDIAS adds gaming chairs to their range.

GAMDIAS also extended their mechanical keyboard range with a new optical key switch range!

Next Page > The Computex 2017 Live Coverage (Day 3)

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!