On the eve of the night, world sales of the first AMD processors for the desktop HEDT platform TR4 – 16-nuclear Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 12-nuclear Ryzen Threadripper 1920X were launched. The new CPUs are distinguished by a four-chip design, high performance in resource-intensive applications and very moderate on the background of competitors Intel Skylake-X power consumption. Among the shortcomings of Threadripper it is worth noting a fairly modest performance in games and a low overclocking potential.
Processors AMD Ryzen Threadripper, which is no longer a secret, physically consist of four 8-nuclear crystals Summit Ridge,two of which are blanks. This is the legacy of the packaging of AMD EPYC server processors, the number of cores in which reaches 32 pieces. Such a structure, when conditionally close and distant controllers (memory channels and PCI Express lines) appear, imposes its own peculiarities (limitations) on the operation of the computer system as a whole.
In games everything is not so clear. Now there are not so many games that can parallelize the load at least 16 threads, and here they are already 32 (24 at 1920X). Thus, the Threadripper 1950X / 1920X shows the performance at the Ryzen 7 level.
Quite good came out with overclocking. On average, almost all the samples of the ThreadRipper 1950X are capable of accelerating to 4 GHz (from the sink of 3.6 GHz), but this requires raising the voltage to 1.35-1.4 V.
Economical public can wait for the actual output of the 8-core Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor, priced at AMD $ 549. The release of the younger Threadripper is scheduled for August 31. Its frequencies are higher than those of the other two representatives of the family, which will certainly affect the game performance. In the fall, the light will see a 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 1920 with a lower frequency than the 1920X, and a 140W thermal package. We believe that it will occupy a niche $ 699-749 and will be very popular among amateurs of overclocking. By the way, most overclockers will have to refrain from air cooling the CPU in favor of liquid, as new processors are sensitive to heat.