How well performance scales from 8 to 16 cores will depend on a number of factors, so we aren't making any price-versus-performance predictions between Threadripper and Ryzen 7 yet. AMD's comparable products undercut Intel's Skylake-X models by $700 and $400, respectively, which is definitely going to fuel increased competition in the high-end desktop market, which has always been Intel's self-described high-margin lineup. The six-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 1600 costs $215, and jumping up to the eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 1700 runs $270.
Finally, in addition to featuring 64 PCIe lanes, Ryzen Threaderipper will use a new socket (dubbed TR4) and support dual-channel DDR4 memory. Those include the Ryzen 3 1200 with 4 cores, 4 threads, and 3.1-GHz base and 3.4-GHz boost; and the Ryzen 3 1300X with 4 cores, 4 threads, and 3.5-GHz base and 3.7-GHz base. These clock speeds are ideal for any user who demands power out of their CPUs. While AMD did not share an exact release date, the company did say that Threadripper will be on store shelves in early August, which we take to mean within the first two weeks.
The wait is over for AMD fans as CEO Dr. Lisa Subherself made the announcement this morning that Threadripper is here. You can watch that video below. The company is sharing details on the budget-friendly Ryzen 3 and the awe-inspiring Threadripper chips for enthusiasts and professionals.
To put those prices into perspective, the 12-core Intel Core i9-7920X is priced at $1,199, while the 14-core Core i9-7940X is priced at $1,399. The Ryzen 3 1300X has a base clock of 3.5 GHz and boost to 3.7 GHz, and the Ryzen 3 1200 has a base clock of 3.1 GHz and boost to 3.4 GHz. No matter what CPU you choose from the Ryzen line, AMD seems to have really stepped up its game. The company also confirmed that preorders of Alienware's Area-51 systems will begin on July 27, with deliveries planned for early August to coincide with general availability for its new chips. Its Ryzen 5 and 7 processors are excellent multi-core performers, while its Radeon RX 500 series of graphics cards offers awesome performance at a low price.
Internally, the chip is essentially a doubled up version of Ryzen: AMD's basic building block is a unit of eight cores with 16 threads (split internally into two core complexes of four cores each).