If you can’t wait to order a new PC with AMD’s crazy 16-core Threadripper CPU, there’s bad news unless your chosen PC manufacturer is Alienware. The Dell subsidiary announced Monday afternoon that it secured an exclusive deal for AMD’s high-end chip through the end of the year.
Repeat: Alienware has a worldwide exclusive on Ryzen Threadripper for its Area-51 gaming PC through the end of 2017. Mic drop.
Why this matters: AMD’s much-hyped Threadripper promises to bring the same tough competition to Intel’s high-end desktop CPUs that its Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 chips did for Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 chips. Alienware’s exclusive is a major coup for the gaming PC company, but it’s also certain to anger competing PC makers and their fans. The only bright side: DIYers can still get the chip.
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