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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday August 07 2018, @01:42AM   Printer-friendly
from the when-does-the-seamripper-go-on-sale dept.

AMD's Threadripper 2 TR 2990WX will be available for retail on August 13. The CPU has 32 cores and the suggested retail price is $1,799, compared to $1,999 for Intel's 18-core i9-7980XE. A 24-core TR 2970WX will be available in October for $1,299.

The 16-core TR 2950X ($899, August 31) and 12-core TR 2920X ($649, October) replace their counterparts from the last generation of Threadripper CPUs, but have slightly improved "12nm" Zen+ cores like the other Threadripper 2 CPUs. The 16 and 12-core chips use 2 dies while the 24 and 32-core versions use 4 dies.

A benchmark leak shows the 32-core TR 2990WX outperforming Intel's 18-core i9-7980XE by 53% in the multithreaded Cinebench R15 (this is an early result, may not represent the final performance, and may be overly favorable to AMD).

Also at Tom's Hardware and Engadget.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07 2018, @02:12AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07 2018, @02:12AM (#718071)

    Isn't this going to require a special motherboard with not only the correct socket but one that can handle the extra power requirements of 32 cores? Unless I'm wrong on that, I think the mobo considerations should be included here for such a first-of-its-kind chip.

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by takyon on Tuesday August 07 2018, @02:16AM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Tuesday August 07 2018, @02:16AM (#718074) Journal []

    For the motherboard situation, AMD clarified that all [X399] motherboards on the market today will be able to run the new 250W processors. The differences will be in how well each motherboard will be able to overclock, with AMD citing that the newer models and revisions should perform better, given that they were built with a higher power rating already in mind. Boards like the X399 Creation should also help in pushing the first generation Ryzen Threadripper.,37550.html []

    All of the 2000-series Threadripper processors are backward-compatible with existing X399 motherboards, which is good given the high prices of all boards on the Threadripper platform. Power delivery will naturally be an important aspect considering the heightened power consumption required to power up to 32 cores, but several vendors have announced new X399 motherboards with beefier power delivery subsystems.

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