AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X has been released and at $549 it is $50 more expensive than the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X. Both CPUs have 8 cores and 16 threads but with the X399 platform, you are getting features like more PCIe lanes as well as quad-channel memory support. This CPU is for content creators rather than gamers.
If you really need more PCIe lanes and quad-channel memory support then you can go for AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X. This is a more mainstream Threadripper CPU but it will cost you a pretty penny as compared to the same spec AMD Ryzen 7 1800X. Threadripper is new and there aren’t many cheap X399 motherboards in the market.
An X399 motherboard will cost you around $349. Plus in order to take advantage of quad-channel memory support, you will need to buy more RAM stick. Hence the cost of moving to AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X is much more than the Ryzen 7 1800X.
Seeing how Threadripper CPUs are for enthusiasts I doubt there will be a motherboard variant that will be as inexpensive as the mainstream Ryzen motherboards. But one can hope. You can check out the official AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X benchmarks below and can see that when it comes to gaming the 1800X performs better.
The mainstream motherboards will limit M.2 performance due to the fewer PCIe lanes but that will not be an issue on the X399 platform. So there are pros and cons of the platform and it is up to you to decide whether the price is worth the extra features. Also, keep in mind that there might be other variants of Threadripper that will be compatible with the X399 platform.
Getting the X399 motherboard now might give you future upgrade paths.
Let us know what you think about the MD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X and whether or not you are interested in buying this CPU.