AMD explains differences between its new Ryzen Threadripper 2 processors

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 53% Faster Than The Intel Core i9-7980XE

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.

The 2990WX and Threadripper 2950X, the top-end models in their respective lines, will become available later this month. 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. These will be clocked up to the same speeds as the 2990WX, at 3GHz base and 4.2GHz boost, and will also have access to an identical 64MB of L3 cache.

Due to TR4 platform compatibility for the workstation-oriented Threadripper 2990WX and the 2970WX, AMD had to wire only two dies with PCIe and memory controllers, leaving the other two connected with InfinityFabric interface, and while this might not be a big issue, it does have a slight impact on memory latency, which is why AMD included two profiles and two operational modes.

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. Two of the chips are part of a "WX" series aimed at professionals who use CPU-heavy software such as 3-D modeling programs, while the other pair joins the existing X line for video game enthusiasts.

It's also worth noting that AMD ran this particular Cinebench test on June 26, so it was a while back, and used a sample 2990WX chip; meaning the finished production version of the processor will run even more speedily. 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.

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Last, and technically least, is the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X.

The Core i9-7980XE is Intel's flagship HEDT processor, though compared to the Threadripper 2990WX, it has far fewer cores and threads to throw at workloads-it features 18 cores and 36 threads.

Intel's only defense will probably be the gaming performance where it still holds dominance, but I doubt most people in the market for an HEDT chip are exclusively going to consider that.

Rumor has it that the price for this AMD offering will be pitched at $1,799 (around £1,390, AU$2,440), and that will undercut the Core i9-7980XE by a couple of hundred bucks. If you want AMD's second-generation 32-core / 64-thread behemoth, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX, now's your chance to nab yourself one as soon as it launches on August 13, 2018.

Unlike AMD's mainstream Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 chips, the second-generation Threadripper CPUs do not include coolers in their boxes.

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