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

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 53% Faster Than The Intel Core i9-7980XE

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 53% Faster Than The Intel Core i9-7980XE

It will head up a new line of two "WX"-series processors in the line, distinct from the lesser "X" models". Pre-sales will begin from today, and the CPU will officially go on sale on August 13.

At first glance this may not seem like a big deal considering that the big Threadripper has an excess of 14 cores compared to the Intel i9, but what makes this comparison more glaring is the fact that the Intel chip costs a good $200 more than the AMD.

AMD claims this new top-end Threadripper chip can offer more than 50 percent better performance on multi-threaded workloads than that Extreme Edition CPU.

"We created a new standard for the HEDT market when we launched our first Ryzen Threadripper processors a year ago, delivering a ground-breaking level of computing power for the world's most demanding PC users", said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD.

The top-of-the-line silicon in this new batch of four is the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX, which boasts a gaudy 32 cores, 64 threads, and a 3GHz base clock frequency with boost potential of up to 4.2GHz. All for the slightly less than three quarters of the price as the top-end chip, coming in at $1,299. At $899 (£695) it's cheaper than its 1950X's predecessor, despite now offering a is single-core boost speed of 4.4GHz - the highest of any Ryzen CPU and a 3.5GHz base clock. The Threadripper 2970WX, a scaled-down version of the 2990WX with the same base and maximum clock speed but only 24 cores, will retail for $1,299.

Part of the performance difference depends on how the game harnesses CPU power, as well as whether you're running it in 1080p or 4K.

CHIPMAKER AMD has taken the wraps off of its second-gen Ryzen "Threadripper" CPUs as it looks to further unsettle Intel. All of the Threadripper chips also use the existing TR4 motherboard socket, which means they'll fit into any existing X399-chipset Threadripper motherboard on the market with a BIOS update.

AMD is also teasing two chips that will launch later in the year: the 24-core, 48-thread Threadripper 2970WX and the 12-core, 24-thread Threadripper 2920X will launch later in the year.

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

The second chip arriving August, although not until the 31st, is the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X.

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