After waiting for several years, fans can rejoice that AMD has finally made a high-end processor to beat the blue team. The AMD Threadripper is the first AMD chip that uses a Land Grid Array (LGA) rather than pins as per the Ryzen processor. This includes a whole new socket as well. Thankfully, you get the tools in the box rather than needing to find it at your nearest hardware store.
This is a first for AMD as the TR4 socket uses a LGA/pin arrangement rather than a pin/socket setup.
Zen Core, Times Two
The Zen architecture is present in the Threadripper as it uses the same Zen cores with the Ryzen line. However, AMD has put 12 cores, with SMT activates, to give the 1920X a total of 24 threads on tap when running at full tilt. With a base frequency of 3.5GHz and a turbo of 4GHz, you have ample headroom for overclocking as needed.
Performance King Multiplied
When building a Threadripper system, a use-case scenario needs to be established. The 1920X is perfect for those who are looking to both game and stream at 1080p without lag, and then render the resulting video without breaking a sweat. 24 threads give you all the muscle power you need in a multitasking system.
Support for Modern Features
Thanks to the new nature of the platform, AMD has included many new features in the Threadripper system. This includes up to 60 PCIe lanes, M.2 NVME support and even USB 3.1 on board – both in Type-A and Type-C connectors.
The Threadripper system also provides multi-lane, multi-memory support. It can fit up to eight RAM sticks, which gives you up to 64GB per system currently.
Power and Money Guzzler for Now
As this is a new platform, it is not surprising that one will need to start from scratch if a Threadripper-based system is to be built. At 180W, the 1920X has a high TDP, so a considerably beefy power supply is needed. A minimum of 800 watts is recommended, and 1,000 watts is not unreasonable. This translates to more spent on a Threadripper system, which we reckon will pay itself back within a year or two.
Verdict: A great start for AMD high-end CPUs.