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

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

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.

All four of the second-generation Threadripper chips are based on the existing Zen architecture, which also is the foundation for AMD's mainstream Ryzen chips and its server and enterprise-class EPYC CPUs. The Ryzen Threadripper X-series is aimed at "gamers and enthusiasts", and includes 12-core and 16-core models which directly replace last year's original Threadripper products.

Headlining the lineup is the Threadripper 2990WX. It runs at a base speed of 3GHz and a boost speed of 4.2GHz. (All of these boards, according to AMD, should be flash-upgradable, so having an existing Threadripper chip should not be necessary to perform the BIOS update.) Existing coolers and power supplies will work as well, AMD said.

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.

It's worth nothing Intel's chips typically fare better when it comes to running applications that require relatively few CPU threads. The configurations may vary by PC manufacturer, and give different results. Hopefully, AMD will have more luck with the 2nd generation as these are certainly priced more aggressively. 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.

The differentiation between Threadripper processors within the same family is something new for this round. 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.

Specification-wise, there are some differences between the workstation-oriented Threadripper 2990WX, 2970WX, and the consumer-oriented 2950X and 2920X, due to the higher core count and the way AMD had to deal with backward-compatibility with the TR4 platform and the quad-channel memory interface as well as PCIe connectivity, but we will get to that a bit later. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic. AMD plans to start shipping the other two processors in October.