Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
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AMD Announces Second-Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs With Up to 32 Cores

AMD Announces Second-Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs With Up to 32 Cores

If you need serious multithreading power for your rendering or prosumer applications, AMD's new Threadripper 2000 series CPUs will be right up your street. We're eager to put all of this to the test to verify AMD's preliminary results in our forthcoming full review of the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, which AMD plans to start shipping on August 31. The first, the Threadripper 2950X, packs 16 cores with a 3.5GHz base clock speed and will retail for $899, or $100 less than Intel's most comparable CPU model.

The consumer-oriented lineup starts with the Threadripper 2950X, a 16-core/32-thread SKU working at 3.5GHz base and 4.4GHz Boost clocks. It will feature a base clock of 3GHz and boost up to an impressive 4.2GHz. Both of these come with 32MB of shared L3 cache, as these use two Pinnacle Ridge dies, and a 180W TDP. Both are slightly cut-down versions of their bigger siblings.

Nearly exactly a year after its first Ryzen Threadripper processors burst into the somewhat stagnant market for high-performance desktop (HEDT) consumer CPUs, AMD is poised to give gamers, multimedia pros, and other bleeding edge-dwellers four new Threadripper chips with even better potential performance-and higher price tags on the peak models. The "WX" branded CPUs are made to cater for professionals, while the familiar "X" series processors are aimed towards enthusiasts and PC gamers. Test setup: TR4 motherboard with AMD "Whitehaven" socket X399 + AMD Ryzen ™ Threadripper ™ 2990WX + Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 9 + Intel Core i9-7980XE. A similar thing goes for the 24-core Threadripper 2970WX, which has the same $1299 price as the Core i9-7940X but packs 10 more cores. It's joined by the Threadripper 2920X, a 12-core chip with the same base frequency that carries a $649 price tag. AMD boldly mentioned that it has managed to break the single socket overclocking record on Cinebench R15 with the Threadripper 2990WX, which achieved a score of 7,618 - the recored was previously owned by Intel with its Core i9-7880XE CPU (5,828 points).

According to what could be heard from retail/e-tail, AMD did not have a lot of luck in selling the 1st generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, as while these were quite interesting, they targeted a slim market of so-called prosumers, bringing both low sales and tight margins.

AMD's other new chips are priced competitively as well.

The second chip arriving August, although not until the 31st, is the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X. The Threadripper 2970WX and the Threadripper 2920X will be available sometime in October 2018.

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