Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

AMD officially announces 2nd gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 53% Faster Than The Intel Core i9-7980XE AMD France says Threadripper 2990WX is 53% faster than the Core i9-7980XE
Cecil Davis | 08 August, 2018, 22:59

AMD claims the top of the line chip is more than 50 per cent faster than Intel's similarly-specced, yet more expensive Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition, and boasts that the CPU has racked up the highest-ever benchmark scores in the Cinebench single-socket desktop processor category with a score of 7,618.

AMD launched its second generation Threadripper lineup yesterday, and as was previously rumored, some of the SKUs contain the WX suffix and others are labeled with just the X. So, what's the difference? 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. It could also put much more pressure on Intel's Core i7-7820X and the Core i7-7800X SKUs, as well as the upcoming Core i9-9900K CPUs. 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. That's really all it boils down to-both are based on the same 12-nanometer Zen+ architecture, and both series work in the same motherboards. 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 will only spell more trouble for Intel's enthusiast HEDT offerings since both the performance and prices are in AMD's favor. All of the Threadripper chips also use the existing TR4 motherboard socket, which means they'll fit into any existing X399-chipset Threadripper motherboard on the market with a BIOS update. The chip's performance goes up to a maximum of 4.2Ghz with overclocking. 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.

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However, if you are planning on overclocking your new Threadripper (like all of AMD's Ryzen chips, they're all unlocked and practically begging to run faster), you might want to invest in new PC guts to go along with it, because overclocking a 32-core chip will generate vast amounts of heat and consume heaps of power. 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 WX chips are designed for 250 watts, up from 180 watts for the first-gen Threadripper chips. The consumer-oriented Threadripper 2950X is also coming this month, on August 31st.