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AMD un­veils first Thread­rip­per CPUs

Not sat­is­fied with beat­ing In­tel’s main­stream desk­top CPUs into a sil­i­con pulp, AMD is now set­ting its sights on the high-end desk­top mar­ket, un­veil­ing its lat­est many-core Thread­rip­per CPUs. The Ryzen Thread­rip­per 1950X has 16 cores, with the abil­ity to han­dle 32 threads with AMD’s si­mul­ta­ne­ous multi-thread­ing (SMT) tech. It will be clocked at 3.4GHz at stock speed, with a turbo speed of 4GHz.

The CPU is also phys­i­cally mas­sive, as it ef­fec­tively com­bines two 8-core Ryzen dies in a sin­gle pack­age, which will have in­ter­est­ing im­pli­ca­tions for cool­ing. Sev­eral peo­ple on­line have also cracked the heat­spreader off early sam­ples and ap­par­ently con­firmed that AMD uses sol­der be­tween the die and heat­spreader, un­like In­tel’s Sky­lake-X chips, which use ther­mal paste be­tween th­ese com­po­nents.

There’s no UK pric­ing yet, but with a price of $999 US (around £763), the 16-core 1950X is go­ing to be a very se­ri­ous com­peti­tor to In­tel’s 10-core Core i9-7900X, the price of which has al­ready dropped sig­nif­i­cantly to around £860 inc VAT. A 12-core CPU called the Ryzen Thread­rip­per 1920X has also been an­nounced, with 24 threads via SMT and a 3.5GHz (4GHz turbo) stock clock speed. Both CPUs are due to be avail­able later in Au­gust this year, and will come in a fancy box (pic­tured) too.

In­som­nia 61

Ready your Cos­play outfit, pack up your gam­ing rig and pre­pare your­self for a whole week­end of gam­ing. The gam­ing gu­rus at Mul­ti­play are will shortly be ready­ing Birm­ing­ham’s mas­sive NEC venue for the next In­som­nia fes­ti­val, i61, on 25-28 Au­gust. Lots of events are planned, in­clud­ing Rocket League, Over­watch and League of Le­gends tour­na­ments, and you can bring your own PC to hook up to the LAN too. Loads of gam­ing celebri­ties will be there, along with plenty of top PC brands, from Cor­sair and Razer to Over­clock­ers and Ebuyer. There are also zones for VR gam­ing, retro gam­ing, table­top gam­ing, in­die gam­ing and Minecraft. See­som­ni­agam­ingfes­ti­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

VR for un­der a grand

Over­clock­ers has pulled out all the stops for its lat­est VR deal, which not only features a full gam­ing PC, but also in­cor­po­rates an Ocu­lus Rift head­set, com­plete with Touch con­trollers, all for £999 inc VAT. Not sur­pris­ingly, the PC has a fairly ba­sic spec, with a mul­ti­plier-locked 3GHz Core i5-7400 CPU, an Asus H110 mother­board, 8GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. That may be just enough power to han­dle VR at a base level, but you’ll need to be care­ful with the graphics set­tings. The Ocu­lus Rift has a res­o­lu­tion of 2,160 x 1,200, or 1,080 x 1,200 per eye, re­fresh­ing at 90Hz. You can buy the Gam­ing Op­tic Spe­cial Edi­tion Gam­ing PC and Ocu­lus Rift VR Bundle from www.over­clock­ now for £999 inc VAT.

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