AMD is rippin’ store shelves with two Ryzen Threadripper chips in August

On Thursday, AMD confirmed its lineup of Ryzen Threadripper desktop processors for the high-end desktop market is on track to hit store shelves in August. According to Jim Anderson, AMD’s senior vice president and general manager of computing and graphics, there will be two Ryzen Threadripper chips at launch, both of which will be unlocked and eager for overclocking. They will feature 64 PCI Express lanes for support up to four graphics cards along with support for quad-channel DDR4 memory. The two mega-sized chips will arrive alongside motherboards provided by AMD’s partner manufacturers based on its new Socket TR4 CPU seat.

Here is your new Ryzen Threadripper lineup:

Cores Threads Base
speed
Boost
speed
Price
1920X 12 24 3.5GHz 4.0GHz $799
1950X 16 32 3.4GHz 4.0GHz $999

AMD confirmed the existence of Ryzen Threadripper processors based on its Zen design during its 2017 Financial Analyst Day in early May. Since then, a benchmark for the 1950X model reared its head on Geekbench in mid-June, showing unoptimized single- and multicore performances ranking slightly higher than the Ryzen 7 1800X, but lower than the quad-core Intel Core i7-7700K. However, as shown in the video above, both Ryzen Threadripper chips should hit ludicrous speed out of the box when they land on retail shelves next month to deliver more performance than Intel’s Core i9-7900X CPU.

In addition to revealing the Ryzen Threadripper lineup, AMD also said that Dell will begin taking pre-orders for the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper PC gaming desktop starting July 27. As revealed in early June, customers will have the option of configuring the desktop with either of the two Ryzen Threadripper processors, which will be overclocked and kept in check using a liquid- cooled solution. Customers can also configure the gaming PC with single (AMD/Nvidia), dual (Nvidia), or triple (AMD) graphics card configurations.

The two Ryzen Threadripper processors will seemingly arrive just after dedicated AMD customers gutted their PCs to support the current high-end Ryzen 7 desktop processor family. The trio launched in March, followed by four mid-range Ryzen 5 models a month later. AMD said a batch of Ryzen 3 chips would be made available sometime in the second half of 2017 to address the entry-level performance PC market.

Now AMD reports that there will be two Ryzen 3 desktop processors hitting store shelves on July 27, both packing four cores and four threads. The chips will fit into the company’s current AM4 processor socket on A320/B350/X370 motherboards, not the massive new Socket TR4 seat designed for the Ryzen Threadripper powerhouses.

Here are the two Ryzen 3 models:

Cores Threads Base
Speed
Boost
Speed
Price
Ryzen 3 1300X 4 4 3.5GHz 3.7GHz TBD
Ryzen 3 1200 4 4 3.1GHz 3.4GHz TBD

Like the Ryzen Threadripper chips, the new Ryzen 3 desktop processor duo is based on AMD’s start-from-scratch “Zen” CPU design. They are at the other end of the performance spectrum, packing lots of processing power per watt for a low price. Right now, we are not exactly sure what AMD plans to charge for its two Ryzen 3 CPUs, but based on the chart shown below, the Ryzen 3 entries will likely cost $150 and below.

Cores Threads Base
Speed
Boost
Speed
Price
Ryzen 7 1800X 8 16 3.6GHz 4.0GHz $430
Ryzen 7 1700X 8 16 3.4GHz 3.8GHz $330
Ryzen 7 1700 8 16 3.0GHz 3.7GHz $270
Ryzen 5 1600X 6 12 3.6GHz 4.0GHz $240
Ryzen 5 1600 6 12 3.2GHz 3.6GHz $215
Ryzen 5 1500X 4 8 3.5GHz 3.7GHz $190
Ryzen 5 1400 4 8 3.2GHz 3.4GHz $165

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