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Threadripper starts appearing

by on28 July 2017

One bloke hacks into his with a razor blade 

AMD has started to make its Threadripper processors available in pre-built machines, at least in the US.

New Threadripper systems are appearing on the catalogues of CyberPowerPC, Dell / Alienware, iBuyPower, and Velocity Micro, even if Separate processors and motherboards will not be available until 'early August'.

According to Hexus  most of the brands won't appear this side of the Atlantic, however the Alienware machines are thoroughly detailed on Dell’s US website.

If you look at the UK Alienware site, everything is still Intel-based.

Over the pond Dell uses either the 12C/24T 1920X or 16C/32T 1950X CPU in its Threadripper machines. These are paired with 8GB or more DDR4 RAM, and come with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or better GPUs, and Windows 10. Dell can fit up to 64GB of RAM, up to a pair of GTX 1080 Ti cards, and up to 1TB SSD/2TB HDD storage.

Overclocker der8auer has already delidded one of AMD's new Threadripper processors. He found that AMD Threadripper hides four dies under the lid, while der8auer was expecting just two.

This leads to the question of how AMD has activated/deactivated certain parts of its Epyc chips to create the Threadripper range. Sadly der8auer’s investigation stalled when he tried to use temperature probes on each of the four dyes on the reanimated chip as the chip failed.

To be fair to AMD der8auer lacked much in the way of tools and opened it with a couple of razor blades.  AMD said that in the 16C/32T chip under test two of the four dies were completely unused.

Last modified on 28 July 2017
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