Details on the cost of AMD’s soon to be released high-end, multi-core processor called the Threadripper were released this month. This new line of CPU’s will have two different chips, one being the $799 Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, which comes with 12 cores / 24 threads at a stock speed of 3.5GHz which can be boosted to 4.0 GHz; The higher end chip will be the $999 Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, coming with 16 cores / 32 threads clocking in at 3.4GHz and can be boosted to 4.0GHz.
For the average consumer these are still out of their price range. But when it comes to users who actually need this amount of power, the price is actually a lot cheaper when compared to $1,999 for Intel’s Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition 18 core/ 36 thread CPU. This is double the price of the 1950X. Yes the Intel’s version has more cores, and threads, but for the price you could actually buy two Threadrippers. Not to mention the high cost of the motherboards needed to use the i9-7980XE as well.
Expected release of these chips is early August, with some choice in motherboards.
Alright, so maybe you’re reading this thinking that there is no way that you’re going to spend that much money on just a CPU alone, or that you have no use for 12 or more cores. If that’s the case, you should take a good look at the lower versions of the Ryzen chipset. Your options being the Ryzen 7, the Ryzen 5 or the not yet released Ryzen 3 chips. The release date for Ryzen 3 is July 27th. No prices have been officially released, but a recent leak suggested that the Ryzen 3 1300x will cost $129, and the Ryzen 1200 will cost $109.
AMD hardware is known for a good cost to power ratio. While an Intel CPU might be stronger, it usually comes at a much higher price tag.