Hybrids Are Cool!
As Dr. Su responded when questioned about the future of Threadripper, “it’s very interesting, some of the things that circulate on the internet“. In an interview about the future of the child of a Ryzen and Epyc, she assured fans of the chip that there will indeed be a third incarnation, though she did not suggest a timeline.
It sits in a very interesting niche, requiring a much larger investment to build a Threadripper system than a Ryzen based on, but bringing some of that design to the table to allow it more flexibility than an Epyc. That makes it a great choice for content creators, BOINC or Folding@Home fanatics and other users who spend at least some time on tasks which the extra cores are advantageous. We will see over the coming months or year both how Intel will respond and how AMD can continue to make Threadripper a compelling product.
The chip maker's CEO Dr Lisa Su told press at Computex 2019 that despite suggestions that Zen 2 architecture-based Threadripper parts had been scrubbed from AMD's roadmap, the CPUs are still coming.