AMD Threadripper features the LGA socket instead of PGA and features 4094 pins that will be making contact with the socket. This is a big number and the CPU itself if huge. But then again, what is 16 cores and 32 threads supposed to look like? Here we have a high definition image of the bottom side of the AMD Threadripper CPU.
The Ryzen 7 features 8 cores and 16 threads and it seems that it is no coincidence that the AMD Threadripper CPUs feature double that. Looking at the image we have here it is possible that AMD has managed to stitch together two AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs in order to provide 16 cores and 32 threads. That would not be a bad thing if that is what comes to your mind.
There has been a lot of heat between Intel and AMD these couple of few weeks. Intel has been criticized for the announcement that the company made at Computex and it seems that people do not like being left in the dark about specifications of upcoming products. AMD, on the other hand, announced Threadripper.
It seemed that Intel had to make an announcement regarding something competitive in order to save face and that is what happened. We got the announcement for upcoming CPUs with more than 10 cores but nothing else was revealed. We asked AMD whether these Intel chips were a knee-jerk reaction to AMD Threadripper and this is what AMD’s James Prior had to say about that:
Industry pundits certainly seem to agree that the new branding and lineup – especially pricing – is in response to AMDs Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper products. We are very pleased to see the industry assert that Ryzen is a disruptive, market-changing product that is beneficial to gamers and creators around the globe.
It seems that Intel does not want it to be seen this way and later on Intel’s Frank Soqui said in an interview that these CPUs were planned from the start and these high-end CPUs were going to come out whether AMD announced Threadripper or not. Here is what he had to say:
Independent of what our competitors do we will put out extreme edition processors, We’ll push performance, we’ll push threads, we’ll push cores, we’re pushing memory performance. This is not a response to the competition, this is a response to the end user.
Let us know what you think about AMD Threadripper and whether or not you are interested in buying one of these CPUs when they come out.