A truly stun­ning CPU

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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.


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.


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.

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