Updated September 6, 2017 with retail pricing, benchmarks, and comparison to Intel’s Core i9 Skylake X.

Like its Ryzen sibling, AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPU is a game-changing chip that offers consumers performance never attainable before. For example, slam down a thousand bucks in 2013, and the best you could get in a consumer CPU was a 6-core Core i7-4960X. With AMD’s Threadripper, a $1,000 investment gets you a 16-core CPU.

Today, Ryzen Threadripper basically stands as the pinnacle of consumer CPUs for high-end users. Here’s what you need to know.

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AMD’s busted out Threadripper at Computex.

Ryzen Threadripper prices, specs and features

  • The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X ($999 on Amazon) features 16 cores with simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) for 32 threads of compute power. The base clock speed of the chip is 3.4GHz, with a 4GHz boost speed.
  • The Ryzen Threadripper 1920X ($799 on Amazon) features 12 cores with SMT for 24 threads of compute power. The base clock speed of the chip is 3.5GHz, with a 4GHz boost speed.
  • The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X ($549 on Amazon) feature 8 cores with SMT for 16 threads of compute power—similar to the Ryzen 7 1800X, but slotting into the more capable X399 motherboards. (Check out our X399 motherboard buying guide for specs, features, and prices.) The 1900X’s base clock speed is 3.8GHz with a 4GHz boost speed.
  • All Threadripper chips pack a whopping 64 PCI-E lanes.
  • Memory: Quad-channel DDR4.
  • Platform: X399 with a new TR4 socket that is incompatible with existing Ryzen chips.
  • All chips are unlocked for overclocking adventures.
  • Can’t be “delidded” easily, as it uses a solder thermal interface material.

How Threadripper prices compare to Core i9’s

We’ve long said AMD’s plan is to crash Intel’s enthusiast-CPU party, and it looks like Threadripper will do just that. As we said above, the 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X costs $1,000, the 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 1920X costs $800, and the 8-core Ryzen Threadripper 1900X costs $550.

How disruptive is that? Well, with Intel’s 16-core Core i9-7960X pegged at $1,700 and its 12-core Core i9-7920X priced at $1,200, it’s easy to see just how much trouble Threadripper causes for Intel.

Ryzen Threadripper release date

  • Threadripper PCs went on sale July 27. The Threadripper 1950X and 1920X CPUs launched August 10, and the 1900X released August 31.
  • Alienware has the worldwide exclusive on Threadripper systems among large PC manufacturers through the end of 2017, but many U.S. boutique builders will offer it as well.
  • All Threadripper CPUs so far are 180-watt TDP chips.
  • Ryzen Threadripper CPUs can technically support up to 2TB of RAM, but good luck getting modules that large to hit 2TB.
  • Threadripper does not ship with an included liquid-cooled cooler, as was rumored. It will include a bracket adapter that works with most liquid coolers based on Asetek designs.
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Here’s the new TR4 socket where Threadripper will live.

Ryzen Threadripper benchmarks

If you’ve spent the last decade watching AMD CPUs eat Intel’s dust, get ready for a new world order.

AMD’s mainstream Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 have handily proven they are every bit as capable as Intel’s CPUs in many situations.

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Threadripper leads the way in multi-core CPU tests.

And no surprise, Threadripper outperforms the competitively priced Intel chips too (read our review here.) But when you’re putting a $1,000 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X up against a $1,000 10-core Core i9-7900X, you should expect an easy win for the 16-core chip on multi-threaded tasks. It doesn’t help that Intel has yet to ship a Core i9 with more than 10 cores. (Read our Core i9 guide for full information on the rival chips.)

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