AMD confirms new 16-core Threadripper CPU


These Ryzen 9 1977X CPU feature a base clock of 3.5GHz and can boost to 4.1GHz.

The traditionally successful Ryzen chips are ones that have packed in several cores, so limiting these chips to four cores and turning off multithreading would suggest these CPUs instead intend to compete on a price level against the already well-established Intel i3 chips.

Above is a comparison table put together by WikiChip comparing the AMD Ryzen 9 Threadripper lineup with the Intel Core i9 Skylake-X processors and Kaby Lake-X processors we discussed yesterday. It supports up to two terabytes of RAM, while Broadwell chips have 22 cores, 44 threads, and 1.5 TB of RAM.

After the 14-core variants, we have the 12-core versions which are namely the Ryzen 9 1976X, Ryzen 9 1956X & Ryzen 9 1956.

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It will be nice to see a 12 core CPU in 2017, but the reality is the 6 core or 8 core will be the most affordable and logical options for most gamers and consumers. This is the exact number that Intel Skylake-X has to offer.

This rumor comes hot on the heels of another that touts the potential of Intel releasing, for the first time ever, Core i9 chips.

Most PCs are sold as laptops, meaning AMD's existing Ryzen 3, 5, and 7 rollout for desktops was just a dry run of sorts for the real Ryzen launch: the Ryzen Mobile chip. The third CPU in the category is the Ryzen 9 1956, it features a base clock of 3.0GHz and boosts to 3.7GHz. Next one down is the Core i9-7900X, with 10 cores, 20 threads, 13.75Mb of cache. There are two CPUs in this category. Bear in mind that 4.1GHz has been the top overclock on most liquid cooled Ryzen chips so far, but getting a single core or two that high has been easier.

At its financial analyst day in Sunnyvale, AMD continued rolling out its product roadmap, specifically announcing a much-anticipated 16-core/32-thread product at the high-end of the desktop space, known as Threadripper, as well as Ryzen Pro for the professional segment, EPYC for the data center, and the inclusion of Vega as an integrated GPU in forthcoming APUs. AMD's enthusiast Ryzen Threadripper CPUs and the next gen Whitehaven platform will reportedly launch at Computex that will start next month.