Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Jul 2017 20:57 UTC

Last night out of the blue, we received an email from AMD, sharing some of the specifications for the forthcoming Ryzen Threadripper CPUs to be announced today. Up until this point, we knew a few things - Threadripper would consist of two Zeppelin dies featuring AMD's latest Zen core and microarchitecture, and would essentially double up on the HEDT Ryzen launch. Double dies means double pretty much everything: Threadripper would support up to 16 cores, up to 32 MB of L3 cache, quad-channel memory support, and would require a new socket/motherboard platform called X399, sporting a massive socket with 4094-pins (and also marking an LGA socket for AMD). By virtue of being sixteen cores, AMD is seemingly carving a new consumer category above HEDT/High-End Desktop, which we’ve coined the 'Super High-End Desktop', or SHED for short.

AMD is listing the top of the line Threadripper 1950X for 999 dollars, which gives you 16 cores and 32 threads, with a base frequency of 3.4Ghz (and a turbo frequency of 4.0Ghz) at a TDP of 180W (nothing to sneeze at). These are two quite amazing processors, and later next year, the pricing should definitely come down a bit so it's a bit more affordable for regular computer use as well.

Well done, AMD. Sure, we need to await the benchmarks for more information, but this is looking real good. I'm hoping this will finally start forcing developers - specifically of games - to start making more and better use of multicore.

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Congrats AMD for the new chip BUT..
by bassbeast on Sun 16th Jul 2017 20:15 UTC
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The problem is while its obvious that Ryzen is the way to go (75% of the performance for less than half the price almost the entire way down the line? Isn't competition grand?) the problem or both Intel and AMD which PC hardware sales have been showing for awhile now is software hasn't kept up with hardware and even ancient PCs are "good enough" for the majority.

Lets use myself for an example, during the MHz wars I had a new gaming PC every other year and a major upgrade to the hardware during the offyear, now? I am truly happy with my FX-8320e, I have 8 cores (that sit idle for a good portion of the day) with 16Gb of RAM and 5Tb of storage...why would I need a new PC? Even the games I play are running 85-95 FPS on my R9 280 and the board can run triple CF if I wanted more so what would be the point? Heck the box I use at work is ancient, a Q6600 with 8gb of RAM and a Tb drive but all I'm doing at work is looking up parts for customers, ordering parts, downloading drivers and occasionally watching vids...what would a new PC give me that the Q6600 doesn't already do?

If my FX-8320e system dies sure I'll buy a Ryzen but thanks to solid caps my late father's Phenom I system is sitting in the shop as a backup for the Q6600, today's PCs last a VERY long time and the core wars means everything I own is quad or better, so until software actually starts using all this hardware power we are sitting on there really just isn't a point for many of us in upgrading ATM.

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