AMD announces Ryzen Threadripper and Ryzen 3 processors

AMD has had quite a busy year, first launching their new Ryzen 7 family in February 2017, followed shortly by Ryzen 5, the Radeon RX 500 family, and most recently the EPYC server lineup for businesses and data centres. We’re just around the corner of another launch, this time for two products that attack Intel on two fronts. Ryzen Threadripper will launch in August 2017 with options that square up against Intel’s recently launched Core i7 and Core i9 processors on the X299 chipset. The other is Ryzen 3, launching on 27 July, aimed to take the wind out of the sales of the Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 and Core i3 processors. Hit the jump for more.

For Threadripper, AMD is today announcing Threadripper 1920X and 1950X (and yes, this is poking more fun at Intel’s branding with the “X” on the end). Threadripper 1920X, which I will henceforth abbreviate to TR 1920X, is a 12-core, 24-thread processor with 24MB of L3 cache, a base clock speed of 3.5GHz, a boost clock of 4.0GHz, and a recommended price of $799 (approx. R10,500). It will go up against Intel’s Core i9 Skylake-X processors, particularly the ten-core Core i9-7900X priced at… $999. More performance and more cores for less money? That’s a crazy proposition, but it’s what AMD will soon be selling.

The TR 1950X is the top-end chip for the X399 chipset and AMD’s new socket, TR4. The TR 1950X boasts 16 cores and 32 threads, which lines it right up with Intel’s Core i9-7960X, and will come with 32MB of L3 cache, a base clock of 3.4GHz, and a boost clock of 4.0GHz. Amazingly, AMD is planning to price the TR 1950X processor at $999 (approx. R13,200), undercutting its competition from Intel by $600. AMD is being very shy with other details, and we’ll only know more closer to the launch.

For now, it’s just the clock speeds, the core counts, and the price. On a related note, Threadripper motherboards haven’t been detailed much at all lately, as AMD’s partners are still preparing for their launch and finalising BIOS versions and making sure everything works properly.

The Ryzen 3 family will be launching this month, but AMD hasn’t stated any pricing yet. Two models will be launching, the R3 1300X and the R3 1200. You might recognise these produce names from the Ryzen Pro announcement AMD made earlier this month. These chips are almost identical. The R3 1300X has a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 3.7GHz, and comes with AMD’s XFR technology, which boosts the cores another 100MHz when thermals are in check. The R3 1200 has a base clock of 3.1GHz and a boost clock of 3.4GHz. Both processors are unlocked, so overclocking to 4.0GHz or therabouts should be doable for both.

That’ll put the screws to Intel’s locked Core i5 and Core i3 lineups if these are priced to compete with them. AMD can offer overclockable chips on both a high-end X370 motherboard and more mid-range B350 motherboards, which is something Intel has opted not to do for several generations of the Core family.

AMD also announced that there will be many more details and announcements about their plans for the rest of 2017 in their presentation at SIGGRAPH 2017, which I’ll be paying attention to. Their Vega RX GPU family should be launching soon, and Ryzen APUs with Vega graphics should be popping out closer to Q4 2017. It’s still an exciting time to be a PC enthusiast, even if you can’t buy a new graphics card at the moment.