AMD unveils 'record breaking' Threadripper 2 CPUs with sights set on Intel

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

If that's true, it will continue the trend the company started with its mainstream Ryzen chips of offering similar or slightly better performance than Intel's comparably positioned chips at lower-sometimes much lower-prices.

Figures for the 32-core/64-thread Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor, which is expected to cost around $1800, were "accidentally" listed on AMD France's website.

AMD claims that the 2990WX has set a new record for the desktop CPU category in Cinebench R15, a standard benchmarking tool used to measure chip performance.

And as for the October launch, the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX features 24 cores of processing power with simultaneous hyperthreading enabled for a total of 48 threads. AMD's flagship HEDT part has 44 percent more cores, in other words, and Cinebench R15 is one of those applications that can make efficient use of multiple cores and threads. After all, this is the domain of content creators and other professionals whose workloads demand premium multi-threaded performance and AMD's Threadripper processors are ideal for that. Priced at $1,799, the CPU packs no fewer than 32 cores that can run 62 CPU threads with a base clock frequency of three gigahertz. This model has a 3.5GHz base speed and 4.4GHz boost speed, 32MB of L3 cache, and a 180W TDP rating, and also supports 64 PCIe lanes. Hopefully, AMD will have more luck with the 2nd generation as these are certainly priced more aggressively.

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.

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Tests performed by AMD Performance laboratories on 26/06/2018 on the following system.

Specification-wise, there are some differences between the workstation-oriented Threadripper 2990WX, 2970WX, and the consumer-oriented 2950X and 2920X, due to the higher core count and the way AMD had to deal with backward-compatibility with the TR4 platform and the quad-channel memory interface as well as PCIe connectivity, but we will get to that a bit later. Available to pre-order today, the chips that go from 12 cores and 24 threads all the way up to 32 cores and 64 threads offer unprecedented levels of multithreaded performance and come in far cheaper than the Intel competition too. The new X chips continue to consume 180 watts.

The second chip arriving August, although not until the 31st, is the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X.

Look out for more Threadripper coverage soon as we put the 16-core 2950X version to the test in the coming days.

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