The first batch of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2 CPUs have been listed for pre-order. 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.
The top Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX will launch proper on August 13, 2018 – exactly one week from now. 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.
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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX will lead the charge with its ludicrous 32-cores of simultaneously multithreaded compute power. It will feature a base clock of 3GHz and boost up to an impressive 4.2GHz. It also comes with 64MB of super speedy L3 cache, and comes in with a 250W TDP. For the privilege, you’ll be asked to cough up a cool $1,799.
The second chip arriving August, although not until the 31st, is the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X. This is a 16-core / 32-thread chip that boosts a little higher than the preeminent chip, at 3.5GHz base and 4.4GHz boost. It also comes with half the L3 cache, fitting for half the cores, and just a 180W TDP. With this CPU priced at $899, you’ll have to part with half the cash, too.
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. These will be clocked up to the same speeds as the 2990WX, at 3GHz base and 4.2GHz boost, and will also have access to an identical 64MB of L3 cache. All for the slightly less than three quarters of the price as the top-end chip, coming in at $1,299.
Last, and technically least, is the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X. This 12-core / 24-thread chip might be the bottom of the stack, but with a 3.5GHz base clock and 4.3GHz boost clock it sure has a lot of promise. It also features 32MB of L3 cache, comfortably slips in at just a 180W TDP, and will cost you $649 when it eventually launches in October.
All of these chips will support AMD’s TR4 socket, the same one as the first-gen HEDT chips, and support up to 64 lanes of Gen 3 PCIe. As far as we know, the X399 motherboard platform won’t be receiving a refresh, but there might be a few more motherboards incoming to compliment the chips’ launch.
With Intel supposedly set for a Basin Falls refresh before the end of the year, the battle for HEDT supremacy could be just heating up (seriously). AMD currently has the upper hand going forward, and its Threadripper 2 chips will even run on air alone. However, if Intel really can deliver a 28-core chip by the end of the year – one that won’t end up as a ball of flame running without an industrial air-conditioning unit attached to it – then AMD might have a fight on its hands.
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