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

Doris Richards
August 7, 2018

The new WX-series consists of a 24-core and a 32-core model, and will target "creators and innovators" who the company says can benefit from much higher parallelism.

The Cinebench performance charts for AMD's upcoming CPU flagship, the Threadripper 2990WX were leaked yesterday on the company's French website. The Ryzen Threadripper 2950X will launch shortly after, on August 31, while the two remaining Threadripper 2 models, the Ryzen Threadripper 2970X and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X, won't be on the shelves until an unspecified date in October.

According to AMD, it proved about 51 percent faster in the test than Intel's CPU, which is $200 more expensive.

AMD has introduced a new naming scheme for its new Threadripper CPUs, with the "WX" branded 32-core Threadripper 2990WX and 24-core 2970WX taking aim at professionals, while the "X" series 16-core 2950X and 12-core 2920X are created to cater towards enthusiasts and PC gamers. The 32-core, 64-thread Threadripper 2990WX will have the price tag of 1799 Dollars. All for the slightly less than three quarters of the price as the top-end chip, coming in at $1,299.

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

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. At $899 (£695) it's cheaper than its 1950X's predecessor, despite now offering a is single-core boost speed of 4.4GHz - the highest of any Ryzen CPU and a 3.5GHz base clock.

Part of the performance difference depends on how the game harnesses CPU power, as well as whether you're running it in 1080p or 4K. "Our goal with 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors was to push the performance boundaries even further and continue innovating at the bleeding edge". 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.

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.

Highly anticipated: AMD looks set to launch Threadripper 2 in just a few weeks' time.

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