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

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

Figures for the 32-core/64-thread Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor, which is expected to cost around $1800, were "accidentally" listed on AMD France's website. It's just that the Threadripper 2970WX (24 cores, 48 threads) and Threadripper 2990WX (32 cores, 64 threads) are more suited for hardcore content creation tasks.

The 2990WX will set you back a cool $1,799, almost double the price of the previous-generation 1950X flagship.

Intel's chip may still have the edge over Threadripper 2 when it comes to gaming performance, but that's unlikely to be a concern among the professionals who buy these very expensive processors for their multi-threaded performance. Test setup: TR4 motherboard with AMD "Whitehaven" socket X399 + AMD Ryzen ™ Threadripper ™ 2990WX + Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 9 + Intel Core i9-7980XE. That's a $1,999 chip with 18 cores and 36 threads. The WX chips at the top end are aimed at prosumers and enterprises who need absolute multithreaded performance.

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The Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX with 24 cores and the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X with 12 cores will follow at an unannounced date in October this year. The 2970WX will retail for $1,299. Hopefully, AMD will have more luck with the 2nd generation as these are certainly priced more aggressively. That breaks down to about $54 per core compared with $56 for the 2990WX and $111 for Intel's Core i9-7980XE. Priced at $1,799, the CPU packs no fewer than 32 cores that can run 62 CPU threads with a base clock frequency of three gigahertz. That would be closing the deficit with last year's models. With this CPU priced at $899, you'll have to part with half the cash, too.

AMD's France webpage also posted the Cinebench benchmark performance of Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and Intel Core i9 mistakenly. That's really all it boils down to-both are based on the same 12-nanometer Zen+ architecture, and both series work in the same motherboards. The chip's performance goes up to a maximum of 4.2Ghz with overclocking. Pre-sales will begin from today, and the CPU will officially go on sale on August 13. Existing boards should be able to handle the load of the new WX chips, however.

The second chip arriving August, although not until the 31st, is the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X. They do include numerous other features introduced with the second-gen mainstream Ryzen chips, however, including compatibility with the StoreMI hard drive firmware, which automatically assigns data to an SSD or hard disk drive assuming your PC has both.