A truly stunning CPU
cores, cores. You want CPU cores? Well AMD’s brand new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs has loads of ‘em! Threadripper takes the Zen microarchitecture from the wildly popular Ryzen CPUs and takes it to a whole new level. AMD hasn’t simply slapped a few extra cores and threads onto some existing Ryzen CPUs – nope, there’s also a whole new chipset built around leveraging the immense Threadripper CPU performance and providing oodles of I/O professional users have been crying out for.
AMD Threadripper CPUs come in three flavours. The behemoth 16 core/32 thread Threadripper 1950X, a 12 core/24 thread Threadripper 1920X and an 8 core/16 thread Threadripper 1900X . Yes, you read correctly, 16 cores and 32 threads in a single CPU! All have a max boost clock speed of 4.0GHz and utilising AMD’s eXtended Frequency Range (XFR) boost technology, clock speeds can reach 4.2GHz. Up to 40MB of cache means all the cores are properly fed.
What are all those cores good for anyway? What sort of tasks need that many threads? The focus for Threadripper is content creation. Video encoding, physically-based rendering, raytracing and software compilation all benefit from those lovely cores and threads. Tasks that can spread their load over multiple cores and threads see a huge boost in performance with Threadripper. When time is money, you want all the cores you can get your hands on.
GREAT FOR GAMING!
Gamers can also benefit from the plethora of cores available with Threadripper. Games such as The Division and Overwatch will gobble up all those cores and significantly improve in-game performance. More and more games are being developed to leverage the new multiple core CPUs currently on the market, making Threadripper ideal for your next high-end gaming rig.
Another scenario where all those cores come in handy for gamers is multi-tasking. Twitch streamers will love the ability to dedicate multiple cores to render and encode high quality video in real time and have ample cores left over for their game. There’s no need to compromise on performance just because you want to show the world your gaming skills.
Those who need loads of memory bandwidth will love the fact Threadripper CPUs support quad-channel DDR4 and just like Ryzen, ECC too. It’ll also support up to a whopping 2TB of RAM, which is serious futureproofing because, DIMMs of that huge capacity don’t even exist yet! If you need a huge amount of fast, error corrected RAM, Threadripper’s got you covered.
A NEW PLATFORM
Threadripper is more than just a CPU though, it also brings with it the X399 chipset which is specifically designed by AMD to be paired with Threadripper CPUs. The headline feature of the X399 are the sixty-four glorious PCIe lanes. That’s enough bandwidth for two PCIe x16 graphics cards, two additional PCIe x8 graphics cards and enough lanes left over for three x4 NVMe PCIe SSDs connected directly to the CPU!
Thanks to all those PCIe lanes, motherboard manufacturers have incredible flexibility in the ports they can add. The ability to add two native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, fourteen USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, sixteen SATA ports and 10 gigabit Ethernet PCIe networking on a single motherboard is mind-blowing.
If you’re keen to see the best and latest in high-end desktop hardware, you can view AMD’s amazing Threadripper range at Upgrade Australia. Watch Threadripper munch its way through multi-threaded CPU intensive tasks and gaze upon its wondrous amount of I/O. AMD reps will be on hand to answer any questions you have about their new monster of a CPU and chipset.