AMD One Ups Intel With New Threadripper Processors

AMD had launched its high-end gaming processors for the enthusiast crowd back at Computex. This prompted Intel to launch the new Core i9 processors as well. It is about time that the company (AMD) rolled the dice over the remaining details that have been missing since.

AMD announced two Ryzen Threadripper CPUs back then: the 1950X with 16 cores and 32 threads, as well as the 1920X with 12 cores and 24 threads. The next best in the series is the Ryzen 7 1800X, which comes in an octa-core setup with 16 threads.

The Best of The Best

The 1950X and 1920X have base clocks of 3.4 and 3.5 GHz respectively, upping it to 4.0 GHz with turbo. They use 180W of power. They feature the new TR4 socket, rather than the AM4 as the rest of Ryzen lineup.

Next, you have support for quad-channel DDR memory and 64 PCIe lanes. The allocation for L3 cache is 32 MB, more than its i9 rivals.

AMD has always given Intel a hard time on the pricing front, and the differences are evident here as well. The 1950X starts at $999, while the 1920X retails at an even lower $799.

Intel’s Options

Compared to that, Intel’s comparable 16 core (32 thread) option, the i9-7960X, starts at $1699, while the 12 core (24 thread) module starts at $1199. Both of them support boost clocks of 4.5 Ghz, while having considerably lower power requirements of 165W and 140W, respectively.

Intel also gives you more room, offering up to an 18-core option, as well as 14 and 10-core ones. However, no matter which way you look, AMD has the price advantage (Intel’s “entry-level” 10-core i9-7900X starts at $999, same as AMD’s 16-core 1950X), while claiming to beat the performance of at least the entry level i9 processors.

The Threadripper 1950X and 1920X are set to hit the markets come this August, alongside Intel’s 10 and 12-core offerings, but before the 14, 16 and 18-core options.