Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

New AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs Unveiled: 32-Core Chip Is $1,800

New AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs Unveiled: 32-Core Chip Is $1,800

For those who may be wondering, these new HEDT processors are the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX, Threadripper 2970X, Threadripper 2950X, and Threadripper 2920X.

AMD has been teasing a "heavy metal" 32-core/64-thread second generation Threadripper processor since June, and it is now up for grabs, provided you have deep pockets and a need for all of that computing muscle.

The Cinebench performance charts for AMD's upcoming CPU flagship, the Threadripper 2990WX were leaked yesterday on the company's French website. It's definitely overkill for even the most demanding of PC games; if it's like 2017's Threadrippers, you will have to switch off a swath of the cores, in some cases, for optimal performance with some games. AMD has mistakenly listed the Cinebench benchmarks numbers of their monster flagship CPU, the 32 core Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. All for the slightly less than three quarters of the price as the top-end chip, coming in at $1,299.

AMD plans to start shipping the Threadripper 2990WX on August 13.

AMD'S 12-core, 24-thread Threadripper 2920WX and the 24-core, 48-thread Threadripper 2970WX and the 12-core, 24-thread Threadripper 2920WX will launch later in the year. This is a 16-core / 32-thread chip that boosts a little higher than the preeminent chip, at 3.5GHz base and 4.4GHz boost.

At first glance this may not seem like a big deal considering that the big Threadripper has an excess of 14 cores compared to the Intel i9, but what makes this comparison more glaring is the fact that the Intel chip costs a good $200 more than the AMD. With this CPU priced at $899, you'll have to part with half the cash, too. It's joined by the Threadripper 2920X, a 12-core chip with the same base frequency that carries a $649 price tag.

All four of the second-generation Threadripper chips are based on the existing Zen architecture, which also is the foundation for AMD's mainstream Ryzen chips and its server and enterprise-class EPYC CPUs. (All of these boards, according to AMD, should be flash-upgradable, so having an existing Threadripper chip should not be necessary to perform the BIOS update.) Existing coolers and power supplies will work as well, AMD said. The new X chips continue to consume 180 watts.

The top Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX will launch proper on August 13, 2018 - exactly one week from now.

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