Competition is a beautiful thing for us hardware fanatics, and CPUS are now benefiting from AMD and Intel duking it out. In response to Intel’s I9 series announcement, AMD strikes back with the Threadripper line. This premium line is derived from the Ryzen chips, however they are aimed towards the higher end market with the rumored price of $850 for their highest end CPU. The rumors get more interesting with the leaking of a slide that shows 9 different variations of Threadripper. These variations range from 10 cores, 20 threads, all the way up to 16 cores and 32 threads.
AMD also announced price cuts for its already released Ryzen 7 line. This line has been priced competitively and has provided strong benchmarks for workstation users and gamers alike. Ryzen 7 1700 has gotten cut from $329 to $315, the Ryzen 7 1700X has dropped to $350 from $399, and the Ryzen 7 1800X is discounted from $500 to $460.
If the rumored price of $850 is true, it will provide Intel with some serious competition. Intel’s I9 series with 16 cores and 32 threads is going to sell for $2000 dollars. If AMD manages to have comparable performance and undercut Intel by that much, it says a lot about the premiums Intel places on their chips. Intel’s pricing was so high because they were able to charge that much with little to no competition from AMD. Its nice to see AMD finally stepping up to the plate and forcing Intel to become more competitive in innovation and prices.