AMD announces 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper chips: prices and specs here

AMD has some good news for users who have intensive workloads on their computer – the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper chips, including the 32-core one which was previously unveiled in Computex last June, are now starting to roll-out in the market, priced at a point intended to really kill the competition.

READ: AMD announces 32-core Ryzen Threadripper, to be available later this year

Also called “Threadripper 2,” the 2nd-generation chips were built using AMD’s 12-nanometer Zen+ core architecture, and promises to work with existing X399 AMD motherboards, which also all support BIOS updates without the need for an older CPU.

The company said that the new Threadripper chips are aimed mainly at “creators, developers and PC enthusiasts” who use software apps like Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite that can profit from multi-threaded CPUs.

Here’s the lineup of 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper chips:

  • 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 2920X with 12 cores, 24 threads, base clock of 3.5GHz and boost clock of 4.3GHz, for $649.
  • 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 2950X with 16 cores, 32 threads, base clock of 3.5GHz and boost clock of 4.4GHz, for $899.
  • 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX with 24 cores, 48 threads, base clock of 3GHz and boost clock of 4.2GHz, for $1,299.
  • 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX with 32 cores, 64 threads, base clock of 3GHz and boost clock of 4.2GHz, for $1,799.

The 16-core Threadripper 2950X will hit shelves on August 31, while the 24-core Threadripper 2970WX and the 12-core Threadripper 2920X won’t be available until October. And finally, the monstrous, flagship 32-core Threadripper 2990WX is now available for pre-order today and are expected to ship by August 13.

AMD says that the new CPUs offers a decent performance raise over the first-generation CPUs, and against the comparable Intel parts. The company said that their 32-core Threadripper 2990X is about 51-percent faster than the 18-core Core i9-7980XE in Cinebench R15, scoring 7,618 in the multi-threaded CPU test, with liquid nitrogen cooling and clock speed being pushed to 5.1GHz. Other multi-threaded tests such as POV-Ray gets the 32-core about 47 percent ahead against its nearest competition.


Intel’s response?

While AMD’s Threadripper 2990WX is now the ultimate high-end desktop chip, Intel had recently showcased their 28-core processor on Computex that will reportedly run at 5.0GHz, and will release it by the end of 2018. Unfortunately, it only gets 7,334 in Cinebench multi-threaded test, and it also ran the test with a special chilling system that most consumers won’t have.

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