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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, @05:57AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07 2018, @05:57AM (#718128)

    Does the multicore hardware do anything to speed up today's crazy-slow rube-goldberg websites?

    I am wondering what the benefit of these 20-30 core chips are for those not doing video/audio processing, heavy-duty number crunching tasks.

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Tuesday August 07 2018, @06:07AM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Tuesday August 07 2018, @06:07AM (#718134) Journal

    Possibly, but if you are already running something like uMatrix and Adblock, you probably don't have (m)any background tabs running heavy scripts, so the problem you are talking about lives only in your nightmares. What you probably want is a few more GB of RAM (so that you can open dozens or hundreds of tabs and never have to reload them).

    On a 2 GB Chromebook, I'll have tabs crash once in a while due to low overall available memory. With the amount of RAM someone will be running alongside a Threadripper chip, I'm sure they will never have a problem unless they really need 1,000 tabs open.

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