Retailing At $549, It’s An 8-Core 16-Thread CPU With ~2x TDP Of Ryzen 7 1800X
AMD has launched its third and most affordable Threadripper CPU, the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X. It is now available to purchase online at places like Amazon and Newegg for $549.
It doesn’t have any eyebrow-raising core counts or clockspeeds at 8 cores, 16 threads and a base clock of 3.8 GHz with a boost clock of 4.0 GHz and a 4.2 GHz clock using XFR (extended frequency range). It has a TDP of 180W which, as I mentioned earlier, is nearly two times to the TDP of the Ryzen 7 1800X at 95W.
This begs the question, why go with a Threadripper 1900X when the Ryzen 7 1800X is nearly as fast, has the same core count, and consumes less power? The answer lies in architectural and platform differences.
However, one might ask about the reason to prefer it over the Ryzen 7 1800X when the latter is clearly cheaper, consumes less power and has the same core count and nearly identical clockspeeds. Well, when you look into some of the differences in the platform and the architecture when you compare the two, it’s rather clear that the 1900X is meant for a different type of workload.
The 1900X supports quad channel memory and offers 64 PCIe lanes along with an update for its X399 platform that will support booting from RAID setup on NVMe drives. This, plus the fact that AMD mentions that their Threadripper lineup is pucked from the top 5% of the die means that it can theoretically offer better overclocking thought that claim is still to be tested.
While these features may not matter to you as a gamer, for certain workloads like video transcoding and server setups this just might be what someone needs. Adding the fact that X399 motherboards are pretty expensive to begin with, it becomes rather clear that this probably not meant for a gamer unless you do video production work like editing or consequently stream while gaming.