AMD unveils ‘most powerful’ desktop processors yet

Ascendant chipmaker AMD has released two models of its highly anticipated Ryzen Threadripper high-end desktop processors – the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X.

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The release of Ryzen Threadripper marks a major step forward in performance and features for the high-end desktop market.

Built around the new AMD x86 “Zen” core architecture, the chipmaker said Ryzen Threadripper delivers overwhelming power, unrestrained potential, and indisputable supremacy over comparable products in the market.

“The level of global support and excitement built-up around AMD Ryzen processors has been incredible to watch these last few months, and with today’s Ryzen Threadripper launch, we deliver a new level of computing power to the world’s fastest ultra-premium desktop systems via an entirely new platform and set of multi-core processors,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager for computing and graphics group at AMD.

“Ryzen Threadripper is the jolt of innovation that the high-end desktop customer was waiting for, providing the long-awaited ability to choose a processor that best fulfills their computing needs at a competitive price.”

Both new models of Ryzen Threadripper support the new SocketTR4 platform, sporting sixty-four PCIe lanes, quad channel DDR4 memory, and AMD simultaneous multithreading (SMT).

With support for 16 cores and 32 processing threads, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X delivers unprecedented multi-processing power, the likes of which have never been available for consumer desktop systems before, AMD said.

The Ryzen Threadripper 1920X provides 12 cores and 24 processing threads and will be available on-shelf along with the Threadripper 1950X on August 10, 2017.

A third variant, the 8-core 16-thread Ryzen Threadripper 1900X, is expected to be available August 31.

Whether rendering complex 3D scenes, streaming high-quality video game content, or encoding, compiling, and encrypting files in parallel of each other, the performance per clock and efficiency of AMD’s “Zen” architecture means users can do so without sacrificing efficiency or performance, it said.

Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X processors include 40MB and 38MB of processor cache, respectively, and all Ryzen Threadripper processors from the $549 Threadripper 1900X to the $999 Threadripper 1950X feature the same Quad-Channel DDR4 memory bandwidth, 64 lanes of PCIe 3.0 connectivity, and processor-direct SATA/NVMe/USB connectivity.

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In addition, AMD said every Ryzen Threadripper processor is multiplier-unlocked to provide unlimited user flexibility. A full ecosystem of SocketTR4 X399 platforms, with native USB 3.1 Gen2 10GB/s connectivity, provide support for all Ryzen Threadripper processors at launch, with motherboards coming from manufacturers like ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI.

Alienware has also launched its exclusive pre-built 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper Edition system for high-end desktop enthusiasts worldwide.

The new Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition sports a similar Triad chassis design to that of existing Area-51 systems, but incorporates AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor.

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