AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Challenges Intel in the Ultra-Premium PC Market
Ryzen Threadripper at a glance
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is launching its Ryzen series in multiple phases to systematically tap the entire PC market. In mid-May 2017, AMD unveiled the Ryzen Threadripper CPU for ultra-premium consumers who use PCs for high-end gaming or prosumer applications such as video editing, content creation, physical rendering, and application compiling.
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feature 16 cores and 32 threads, which is double that of Ryzen 7 and 60% more than Intel’s (INTC) highest-end desktop processor available on the market. According to a Fortune report, Threadripper would be built on the X399 platform and feature four DDR4 memory channels and 64 lanes of PCIe1 Gen3.
The number of PCIe lanes determines the amount of bandwidth a PC system has to transfer data across various components such as SSDs2 and GPUs.3 As Threadripper is targeted at enthusiasts who use more than one GPU, the bandwidth of the system is important. Intel’s X99 platform offers 40 lanes, and its cheapest CPU offers only 28 lanes.
According to the Fortune report, AMD would launch nine Threadripper processors starting with ten-core, 12-core, 14-core, and 16-core models. Dell has already purchased availability rights to Threadripper in the pre-built market for its Alienware Area 51 gaming desktop.
Several experts believe that AMD’s Threadripper is dominating the very high-end market even before its launch, as consumers are giving it preference over Intel’s current offerings.
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