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!
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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 :
|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|
|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
|Malaysia||6% GST||RM 4,799
|Philippines||12% VAT||PHP 59,700
|Singapore||7% GST||SGD 1,589
|Thailand||7% VAT||฿ 49,900
|Vietnam||10% VAT||29,000,000 ₫
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!
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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Box
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper comes in an awesome box. Check it out!
Multithreaded CPU Performance
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%|
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%|
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.
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