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

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today refreshed its Ryzen Threadripper processor line for desktops, upping the ante against Intel Corp.in a key segment of the chip market.

There's no news on United Kingdom pricing as yet, although Ebuyer has the previous top-of-the-range Threadripper 1950X now down to £654.99. The comparison with the eponymous Tesla performance mode here is apt because you really will never use the 2990WX's full potential unless you are running software that eats up threads and cores; think 3D rendering, CAD design apps, pro design packages, and the like. If you use your PC exclusively for gaming, the answer is no.

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. That's a $1,999 chip with 18 cores and 36 threads.

Headlining the lineup is the Threadripper 2990WX.

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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. The 2970WX will retail for $1,299. The official performance numbers are yet to be revealed. This will only spell more trouble for Intel's enthusiast HEDT offerings since both the performance and prices are in AMD's favor. That breaks down to about $54 per core compared with $56 for the 2990WX and $111 for Intel's Core i9-7980XE. 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. With this CPU priced at $899, you'll have to part with half the cash, too. 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.

It's worth noting that AMD's 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processors will work with existing X399 motherboards, since they are based off of the same socket: TR4.

The Threadripper 2990WX is an impressive chip, but would you benefit from having it in your rig?

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.

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