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

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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RE[2]: Now only...
by mistersoft on Fri 14th Jul 2017 11:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Now only..."
mistersoft
Member since:
2011-01-05

If a future Apple CEO made the leap again to sell MacOS to all comers / PC builders - what is the (future equivalent) most they could sell it for..

Would Hakintosh builders fork out say $999 for an unrestricted MacOS ? (with e.g. built-in AMD plus Intel optimisations; but support for only a subset of GPU's and soundcards/chips ) ??

Less than $700 unit price and I don't think the board would let it happen.

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RE[3]: Now only...
by mistersoft on Fri 14th Jul 2017 11:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Now only..."
mistersoft Member since:
2011-01-05

And I should be in the market for a new HEDT at the end of the year and TR 1950X vs i9 7900X is an enticingly difficult choice...

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RE[4]: Now only...
by grat on Fri 14th Jul 2017 12:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Now only..."
grat Member since:
2006-02-02

44 PCIe lanes (Intel) vs 64 PCIe lanes (AMD).

Considering that two graphics cards (x16 * 2) + 1 nvme SSD (x4) is already 36 lanes, I think Intel may regret only having 44 lanes.

Initially, the TDP (power draw) of the AMD chips is a bit scary, but it's "only" 11.25 watts/core, whereas Intel is at 14 watts/core.

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RE[3]: Now only...
by avgalen on Mon 17th Jul 2017 07:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Now only..."
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

If a future Apple CEO made the leap again to sell MacOS to all comers / PC builders - what is the (future equivalent) most they could sell it for..

Would Hakintosh builders fork out say $999 for an unrestricted MacOS ? (with e.g. built-in AMD plus Intel optimisations; but support for only a subset of GPU's and soundcards/chips ) ??

Less than $700 unit price and I don't think the board would let it happen.

I don't know what an unrestricted macOS would be, but you have got to be kidding that you think a mass market consumer/enthousiast OS is worth $700. 100-200 at most!

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RE[4]: Now only...
by The123king on Mon 17th Jul 2017 08:43 in reply to "RE[3]: Now only..."
The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

$250 is a reasonable price i think. As long as it's licensed per Apple ID, and not per installation, as well as non-expiring.

I'd dream for it to transfer to newer versions of MacOS, but i imagine they'd charge a $20/$50 upgrade fee on top of that.

If they did that... http://walkingdead.wikia.com/wiki/File:Shut-up-and-take-my-money.jp...

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