The cheapest Ryzen Threadripper yet: AMD’s new Threadripper 1900X will cost $549

The cheapest Ryzen Threadripper yet: AMD’s new Threadripper 1900X will cost $549

Continuing its attack on Intel’s high-end desktop chips, AMD on Monday unveiled a third Ryzen Threadripper CPU priced at $549. The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X will feature 8-cores and 16-threads of computing power, but unlike the Ryzen 7-series, which also features 8-cores and 16-threads, the 1900X will slip into the company’s X399 socket.

Although some may question the logic of duplicate CPUs, in many ways it makes sense. One of the dings against the 8-core Ryzen 7—despite its great value and performance—is its light-duty X370 platform, which offers only 20 lanes of PCIe for GPUs and M.2 drives. 

[ Further reading: AMD Ryzen Threadripper: Everything we know so far about these monster CPUs ]

Enter Ryzen Threadripper 1900X, which gives buyers interested in paying for only 8-cores the option of using a heavier-duty chipset. Indeed, Threadripper 1900X supports 64 PCIe lanes, as well as quad-channel memory configurations.

Basically, think of the 1900X as the Ryzen 7 for people who want a beefier system.

ryzen threadripper box 2 Gordon Mah Ung/IDG

The back of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper box tells you what the company thinks of its new CPU.

“We are not de-featuring it as we go down the stack,” said AMD’s Jim Anderson in a dig at Intel’s practice of turning off features on lower-priced chips.

For example, there’s nothing technically preventing the newest Skylake-X Core i7-7820X from featuring the same 44 PCIe lanes of the Core i9 lineup. Nonetheless, Intel has artificially limited its 8-core Skylake-X to 28 lanes of PCIe.

A confident-sounding Anderson threw another dig at Intel for lowering the price of its newest 10-core chip to $1,000, when the previous iteration cost $1,723.

“Threadripper is already delivering incredible value to the end user and customer before it’s even gotten to market,” Anderson said to applause and laughter of the crowd. “That’s competition.”

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