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AMD @ SIGGRAPH: High-performance double trouble

By John Law - 31 Jul 2017

Ryzen Threadripper – Ryzen on steroids

AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper also made an appearance during the tech day presentation. Just as it was detailed during the video that AMD had released earlier last week, the 1950X currently holds the title of being the world’s first HEDT (High End Desktop) and enthusiast-grade CPU with a 16-cores, 32-threads layout, and will retail at US$999 (~RM4,277). Specs-wise, the 1950X will have a base and boost clockspeed of 3.4GHz and 4.0GHz, respectively, and like all Ryzen CPUs, the CPU is unlocked and built for overclocking.

The 1920X is the second-most powerful Threadripper CPU that was discussed during the tech day. Built with a 12-cores, 24-threads layout, the CPU has a base and boost clockspeed of 3.5GHz and 4.0GHz, respectively. At an asking price of US$799, however, AMD says that it is approximately 11 percent more efficient than its direct competitor.

Here's a closer look at the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X CPU.

Besides 1950X and 1920X, AMD also announced that they would be releasing a third Ryzen Threadripper CPU, dubbed the 1900X. At an SRP of US$549 (~RM2,350), this CPU would feature an 8-cores, 16-threads layout, and will have a higher base clockspeed of 3.8GHz and a boost clockspeed of 4.0GHz.

AMD had also announced a third Ryzen Threadripper CPU, the 1900X. Besides a brief mention, the company did not provide any performance numbers of the CPU.

In terms of availability, both the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X will be available starting August 10, while the Ryzen 1900X will be made available a few weeks later on August 31. AMD already has a whole line-up of motherboard all ready, courtesy of its AiB partners, such as ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock.

AMD's AiB partners already have X399 motherboards ready for the new HEDT CPU. Seen in this picture is the ASUS ROG X399 Zenith Extreme.

The X399 AORUS Gaming 7.

The MSI X399 Gaming PRO CARBON AC.

The packaging, as you can see, will be the same for all Threadripper CPUs. Inside, you’ll find not only the CPU, but a torque wrench and a cooling bracket that is applicable to more than 20 different AiO coolers that are currently available on the PC market.

During an extreme overclocking session, Indonesian extreme overclocker Alva Jonathan of JagatReview broke the world record by overclocking the Ryzen 1950X to a boost clockspeed of 5.2GHz and achieving a Cinebench R15 CPU score of 4,122 points.

Extreme overclocking CPUs requires the use of liquid nitrogen (LN2) in order to keep the CPU temperatures well below the conventional level of normal temperatures.

As a fitting end to the tech day coverage, we also got a chance to see the 1950X be used in an extreme overclocking demonstration at the end of the briefing. In that demonstration, Indonesian extreme overclocker Alva Johnathan actually broke the world record by overclocking the 1950X to a boost clockspeed of 5.2GHz and achieving a Cinebench R15 CPU score of 4,122 points.