AMD is a company that has turned itself around over the past few years. It’s gone from being a total underdog in the processor space to having huge wins on the desktop, mobile, and server spaces. It’s also made huge strides into high-performance silicon, satisfying gamers and those with a thirst for ultimate performance. But things might be changing. Must read: iOS 12.3: How to keep your iPhone safe from hackers and snoopers AMD’s recently released processor roadmap has an interesting omission – it doesn’t mention the company’s high-end, high-performance, high-priced (though still cheaper than Intel’s high-end offerings) Threadripper line or chips. The current highest-end Threadripper is the 32-core, 64-thread 2nd-gen Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. You can pick up this beast of a chip for around $1,700, which might seem steep but remember that Intel’s 14-core, 28-thread Core i9-9980XE retails for a shade under $2,000. High-end silicon isn’t cheap. And that may be the reason that AMD wants to drop Threadripper from its roadmap. Not only does Threadripper command a reassuringly hefty price tag, chips like that aren’t cheap to design and make. And since it’s likely that AMD doesn’t sell many of them (comparatively), it may have come to the conclusion that its efforts are best spent elsewhere. Would it be a mistake for AMD to drop Threadripper? AMD 2nd-generation Ryzen Threadripper pr… SEE FULL GALLERY 1 – 5 of 19 NEXT PREV I think this depends on how you look at things. If you bought into Threadripper, and are… [Read full story]
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