AMD unveils Ryzen Threadripper: A monster CPU with 16 cores, 32 threads

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16-core, 32-thread versions of AMD Ryzen CPUs codenamed Threadripper will launch this summer, the company revealed at its Financial Analyst Day yesterday.

With one of the gnarliest CPU codenames we’ve ever seen, the Threadripper multicore monsters will go head-to-head with Intel’s Broadwell-E and upcoming Skylake-E High-End Desktop (HEDT) CPUs alongside a new motherboard platform that promises expanded memory support and I/O bandwidth. That’s likely to take the form of quad-channel RAM and more PCIe lanes, similar to Intel’s X99 platform, but AMD is saving further details for its press conference at Computex at the end of May.

In addition to Threadripper, AMD also teased Ryzen APUs that pair four cores and eight threads with a Vega-based GPU. AMD claims a “50 percent increase in CPU performance and over 40 percent better graphics performance, at half the power of its previous generation.” Once again AMD is saving further details for Computex, but noted that Ryzen APUs will appear in ultraportables and premium 2-in-1s in the second half of 2017.

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