Shortly after AMD Ryzen, the company went ahead and announced the AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU series for even heavier performance usage with a higher core count than not only Ryzen CPUs but also the currently available Intel ones. Now AMD CEO, Lisa Su has shared the first picture of Ryzen Threadripper packaging and it is an amazing box to look at.
As was previously rumored, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper box is huge, in fact, it is actually the size of a typical mini-ITX PC. Of course, this Threadripper processor itself wouldn’t be this huge as the packaging no doubt also contains a cooler for the chip. Since the chip will require new form factor coolers, TR4, this might be one of the first Threadripper coolers seen in action as well.
However, it is unlikely that this packaging contains the long rumored water cooled processor so those interested in water cooling for their Threadripper chip will have to wait a bit longer to see that.
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU is expected to be available at the end of August with an official preview scheduled for SIGGRAPH 2017 alongside AMD’s RX Vega series graphic cards. The CPU series will launch with two models, the 12-core 1920X and 16-core 1950X. Both of these, priced $800 and $1000 respectively, are designed to counter Intel’s upcoming Core i9 series in price and performance.
A recent Geekbench score comparison between Core i9 7960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1950X suggests that while the Intel processor beats the AMD one in single and multi-core performance, the incredibly high price of $1700 might end up costing Intel the race as consumers will probably go for the cheaper option.
On the other hand, the Intel i9 7920X seems to be struggling against Threadripper 1920X in performance by a significant 600MHz. Both of these processors feature the same core count although the AMD one is more than $200 cheaper.