AMD's beastly Ryzen Threadripper chips arrive in August starting at $799

AMD had some news to share yesterday regarding its enthusiast-grade Threadripper CPUs as well as the budget-focused Ryzen 3 at the other end of the spectrum.

If you're wondering when you'll be able to get your hands on either processor, AMD says that Ryzen Threadripper processors and motherboards will be available in early August.

AMD has officially announced their new Ryzen Threadripper series of processors.

In a video posted on YouTube, AMD CEO Lisa Su showed off what she called the "very, very first competitive demos", pitting the Threadripper chip against one of Intel's mid-range Core i9 chips. In a recent leak, the prices of a couple of Threadripper processors have leaked. "We turned in a score of over 2400 for Threadripper and just over 2100 for the Core i9", AMD's Robert Hallock said. After a decade of falling behind, Su is overhauling AMD's product line with Ryzen and other newly-designed chips meant to compete more strongly against Intel (intc) and Nvidia (nvda). The Threadripper 1920X, sporting a mere 12 cores, is $800, a nice $400 saving over the 12-core Core i9.

Intel's realigned pricing for the Skylake-X processors was quite the buzz, but while the company has obviously reworked its high-end desktop pricing structure, it wasn't enough to stave off the underdog entirely.

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Intel has been struggling to come to terms with having major competition in the CPU market again, but then AMD went and stirred up the enterprise market with its upcoming Epyc family of Zen-based CPUs.

AMD released precious few details outside of pricing and frequencies. The Ryzen 3 1300X has a base speed of 3.5GHz and can boost up to 3.7GHz, while the Ryzen 3 1200 is clocked at 3.1GHz and 3.4GHz respectively.

The Threadripper 1920X features a 3.5GHz base and 4.0GHz boost.

The announcement also comes two days after Intel announced its newest chips aimed at corporate servers and cloud data centers, another increasingly heated battleground between the two companies. The somewhat heartier Ryzen 3 1300X has a faster 3.5 GHz base clock and boosts all the way up to 3.7 GHz.

Both processors are unlocked, and capable of boosting up to 4GHz, and feature 32MB of L3 cache. Even going down to the 12-core Intel i9 7920X at $1,200, the Threadripper still proves to be much cheaper. That's in-line with Intel's policy, too, so those extra costs are similar for both lineups.