Of all the Zen-based CPUs and SoCs that AMD launched in 2017, Threadripper — the company’s high-end desktop competitor to Intel’s HEDT family — was the best positioned. While the consumer-focused Ryzen family initially hammered Intel’s Kaby Lake, Intel chose to respond fairly quickly with a Coffee Lake refresh that generally edged out the Ryzen 7 1800X. The Ryzen 7 2700X has regained the performance crown in our own review, but the two cores remain closely matched.
Threadripper, in contrast, remains in a class of its own. While Intel did cut its per-core HEDT pricing dramatically last year, Intel still nominally sells a 10-core Core i9-7900X for $999, the same as the launch price on the 16-core Threadripper 1950X. That competition wasn’t particularly close and AMD’s second-generation Threadripper is poised to make the comparison even more lopsided.
AMD’s new 12-core and 16-core chips are clocked slightly higher (7.5 percent and 10 percent for maximum boost, respectively, with the 2950X’s base clock coming up by 3 percent). They’re also significantly cheaper, particularly the 12-core model, which received a $150 price cut in the update.