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AMD has just confirmed that it will in fact be bringing out the Threadripper, a monster processor with 16 cores, aimed at enthusiasts and high-end desktop PCs.
Jim Anderson, Senior VP and General Manager, Computing and Graphics at AMD confirmed the arrival of the monster processor at the firm’s financial analyst day. Anderson said that: “Ryzen Threadripper is targeted at the absolute ultra high-end of performance in desktop.”
According to a slide shared by AMD, the Threadripper chips would arrive in the summer, and that the range was “targeting the world’s fastest ultra-premium desktop systems”. No actual specs were mentioned other than the 16 cores and 32 threads.
Sure there have been earlier rumors about the Threadripper with 9 cores but the leak yesterday suggested that the 16-core flagship Ryzen 9 1998X will have a base clock of 3.5GHz (with boost to 3.9GHz) and a TDP of 155W.
Meanwhile, Intel’s rumored Core i9 rival CPUs will be topped by the flagship 7920X which will reportedly have 12-cores (24-threads) and a TDP of 140W, again if leaked details are on the money. However, it will inevitably really expensive. AMD has an advantage here as they are not always on the pricier side of things.
Dont forget, AMD confirmed that budget Ryzen 3 processors would arrive in the third quarter of this year.