AMD Cuts Price of Threadripper By $120
AMD line of CPUs already offer significant value over Intel’s. Even the company’s 16-core “Threadripper” is less expensive than a similar CPU from Intel and now AMD has slashed the price even further. Right now, you can find the Ryzen Threadripper 1950x for $879.99 on Amazon and Newegg which is a price cut of $120.
The Threadripper 1950X is the flagship of AMD’s latest line of CPUs and it does not disappoint. The Threadripper features 16 cores and 32 threads. Speeds are clocked in at 3.4 GHz base and a boosted speed of 4.0. It also features 32 MB of L3 cache and 8 MB of L2 cache for a total of 40 MB. In terms of PCIe lanes, the Threadripper has 64 and 60 of those can be used by discrete graphics.
Of course, we could talk about stats and numbers all day, but those numbers don’t always tell the whole story especially when you’re thinking about spending nearly $900 on a product. Fortunately, the reviews of the Threadripper have been pretty positive. Ars Technica boasted that the Threadripper “is a foul-mouthed, middle-finger-waving, kick-in-the-crotch “screw you” aimed squarely at the usurious heart of Intel. It’s an olive branch to a part of the PC market stung by years of inflated prices, sluggish performance gains, and the feeling that, if you’re not interested in low-power laptops, Intel isn’t interested in you.”
That being said, gamers should take note that while the reviews of the Threadripper have been positive, many critics have noted that the CPU isn’t necessarily the best for gaming. In their review of the Threadripper, PC World noted that AMD’s CPU made streaming video games a lot easier, but warned that Intel still led the way when it came to simply playing games. However, that review also pointed out that “AMD’s new Game Mode can help close that gap to the point that it doesn’t even matter.”
As the above reviews show, the Threadripper is not for everyone. It will certainly work well for gaming, but, most of the time, you don’t need so many cores for simply playing video games and even with the price cut, $880 is still a lot of money to spend on the CPU. That being said, if you’ve been on the fence about the Threadripper, now is probably a good time to get one.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.