Last week at Computex AMD announced nine ThreadRipper CPU models for their HEDT lineup. These CPUs will start at 10-core, 20-thread, and go all the way up to 16-core, 32-thread. The entry-level 16-core, 32-thread chip, the ThreadRipper 1998 has been reported to have a MSRP of $849.
The 1998 (non-X) is clocked at 3.20 GHz and boosts all the way up to 3.60 GHz with a 155W TDP, and no XFR feature. To us $849 seems like a very optimistic value. Intel’s upcoming 10-core, 20-thread i9-7900X will be $999. The ThreadRipper 1998 has 6 more cores and 12 more threads and is $150 less? I know that AMD has priced aggressively with Ryzen, but AMD’s IPC is not much lower than Intel’s to justify such aggressive pricing.