AMD details Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, RX Vega GPUs

On Sunday night AMD formally detailed their long-awaited Ryzen Threadripper CPUs and Vega GPUs. The event was held during the Siggraph computer graphics convention in Los Angeles, and much of the presentation was focused on content creators and industry professionals, but there was still a lot of news relevant to average gamers. 

Threadripper

The Ryzen Threadripper line’s top-end 1950X provides a monstrous 16 cores and 32 threads with a base clock of 3.4 GHz for $999. The 1920X provides 12 cores and 24 threads at 3.5 GHz for $799. The 1900X sits at 8 cores and 16 threads at 3.8 GHz for $549. All three chips have 4.0 GHz boost clock and 64 PCIe lanes, and they all hang out at 180 TDP.

The 1950X and 1920X will be on the shelf on August 10, while the 1900X will be available on August 31. Preorders are already rolling in at all e-tailers.

Folks looking to upgrade to this line of CPUs should be aware that it utilizes the X399 chipset and its own unique, enormous TR4 socket with oversized coolers to match. While gaming remains a lightly threaded endeavor, Threadripper offers a unique value proposition for gamers who are also content creators or streamers, and can take advantage of the extra threads that it provides. As reliable benchmarks become available, we will definitely be comparing Threadripper to its Intel competition and lower-end Ryzen 7 chips. Stay tuned for that!

Vega

AMD also announced its new line of gamer-oriented RX Vega GPUs. The RX Vega comes in two flavors - Vega 56 and Vega 64, named for their respective number of compute units. Both cards include 8GB of HBM2 memory. AMD promises 13.7 TFLOPS of peak power performance. The air-cooled version comes equipped with an isothermic vapor chamber, while the liquid-cooled version features the Nidec Gentle Typhoon fan for quiet operation. AMD is also releasing a new version of Radeon Software that allows users to auto-overclock their Vega GPUs. The air-cooled Vega 56 will cost $399, while the air-cooled Vega 64 will cost $499. The liquid-cooled Vega 64 will run you $699.

AMD further announced Radeon Packs, which include a $200 discount on a 34” Samsung CF791 curveds ultrawide FreeSync monitor and a $100 discount on Ryzen 7 / motherboard combos, for a combined $300 savings. This announcement explains the somewhat baffling Hungarian AMD Vega teaser event. The Radeon Pack, in select regions, will also include Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Prey.