So, whatâ€™s new with the Threadripper?
Intel has had the upper hand in the high-performance CPU market for the past decade. Throughout that time we saw little innovation and prices that dug holes in our pockets. The Threadripper could not have come at a better time as Intel released its latest technology update, the Core i9-7900X 10-core CPU. Regarding performance, Threadripper has beat its competition on the number of core counts.
The Ryzen Threadripper comes in several models- the 1950X, 1920X and 1900X. Where the newest Intel model at holds 10 cores and 20 threads, the cheapest Threadripper (the 1900X) has 8 cores and 16 threads. The 1920X, going at $799, tops Intelâ€™s processor at 12 cores and 24 threads whereas the 1950X surpasses it with a 16-core 32-thread unit. All the models have base clocks of 3.4GHz and over, and run up to 4.0 GHz and 4.2 GHz after boosting with room for overclocking. While Intelâ€™s 7900X beats AMDâ€™s Threadripper in this department, it does not support as many chipset features as the latter. That means that the 7900X does not support content creation, video editing and rendering three-dimensional graphics as well as Threadripper.
Threadripper, the compilation of two Ryzen units in one CPU, also improves on its predecessor’s memory issues. With a 3,200MHZ memory speed, it supports core performance without compromising on any other function. Add this property to the 64 PCIe lanes, X399 support platform, and 8 DIMM slots, and you have a powerful, high functioning machine. The only drawback to the Threadripper is that itâ€™s not as powerful as the Ryzen 7 CPU when it comes to gaming.
All in all, the Threadripper is a game changer- a powerful package hitting the market at affordable rates. Intel has to step up after this.