AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X
What's it gonna be? Da 12 or 16?
Next to the sixteen core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor AMD also has released its twelve core Ryzen Threadripper 1920X processor which we review in this article. So what's it gonna be for you, what does make more sense: 12 or 16 cores? Let's face it really, a year ago you would not even consider an AMD PC right? That change in mindset is colossal and for AMD is well-deserved as they have been able to rattle the cages in the processor industry this year, massively. With the release of the Ryzen processor and eco system AMD shifted the CPU arena towards their advantage. Meanwhile Intel is looking everywhere to address the moves that AMD is making. When AMD released Ryzen, all of the sudden there where announcements in their server segment, Naples with up-to a staggering 32 processor cores. And from there onwards, rumors flooded the web. Later in March the first X399 design block diagrams surfaced on the web, indicating that AMD was working on a many-core processor, but little did we know it was be released for you guys, the consumer market and yes these diagrams showed an ASUS label. Shortly hereafter the first official announcements where made, AMD would be releasing what we now know to be the X399 chipset platform for motherboards, to be paired with Ryzen Threadripper processors. You already have seen many X399 motherboard announcements, and it is no secret that Threadripper processors will initially be released in the HEDT (High-End Desktop) segment with availability starting today in August 10th, 2017. AMD will initially release two models: a 16-core, 32-thread model and a 12-core, 24-threaded model. However later this month you will also see a 3rd mode, Ryzen Threadripper 1900X.
The flagship processor is the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, a 16-core product that will get a 3.4 GHz base frequency with the ability to precision boost to 4.0 GHz. These processors are SMT, thus ‘hyper-threaded’ towards 32 threads. This processor will retail for 999 USD. Then there is the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X which we review in the specific article, this is the 12-core part, the base clock is a notch higher at 3.5 GHz and the precision boost as well is 4.0 GHz, thus SKU will get 24 threads. This processor will retail for 799 USD. Then late August you will see the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X, an 8-core part, the base clock is a set at 3.8 GHz and the precision boost as well is 4.0 GHz, thus SKU will get 16 threads. The advantage for this processor is that you can house it onto the X399 platform with its 64-PCIe lanes and Quad-channel DDR4 compatibility. This part will cost 549 USD.
These processors are fully unlocked and seat themselves onto the new Socket TR4 on an X399 motherboard of your choice. All these processors Turbo up-towards 4.0 GHz and all of them have an extended XFR range of 200 MHz, so yes when properly cooled and in the right conditions, these will hit 4100~4200 MHz on up-to four cores. All brands like MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte and ASRock will offer motherboards in several price ranges starting at roughly 300 USD. With Threadripper do come some benefits, as combined with that new Socket TR4 (4094 pins!) X399 motherboard platform, you will be able to run your memory in a quad-channel memory configuration. Next to that, you will gain a staggering 64 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3.0. And that means the sky is the limit connectivity wise.
That said, it is time to startup the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X review, let's head onwards into our second Threadripper review.