AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX – The Best Consumer CPU for Creators and Workstation

AMD officially announced their most awaited and anticipated 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper CPU. There are two series introduced – the WX Series built for “creators and innovators”; and the X Series built for “enthusiasts and gamers”. The Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is the flagship CPU leading the pack, and it’s the fastest consumer processor released this year. The Threadripper 2990WX outperforms Intel’s current flagship, the Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition CPU by a significant margin. On top of that, the 2990WX is $200 USD cheaper compared to the i9-7980XE. No doubt, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is the best CPU for (content) creators, innovators (as AMD calls them), rendering, workstation and more. Check out more details below.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX – The Best and Fastest CPU This 2018

The new 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper lineup consist of four CPU models; two under the “WX” series and two on the “X” series, all built on the 12nm Zen+ core architecture. There’s the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX, followed by the 2970WX, then the 2950X (successor to last year’s 1950X), and the 2920X. But the Threadripper 2990WX is the “world-record breaking” processor among the four processors.

The Threadripper 2990WX features a whopping 32 cores and 64 threads, with a base frequency of 3.0 GHz and up to 4.2 GHz boost clock speeds. It has 64MB of L3 cache, 64 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes and has a 250W TDP. If you’re sole purpose is for gaming, this isn’t the CPU for you, even though it’s one of the best CPU currently in the market. Like I mentioned earlier, the 2990WX is geared towards productivity workload where a multi-core / multi-threaded CPU works best. I’m not saying you can’t game with this CPU, yes you can; but there are (far) better options out there if your concern is primarily gaming.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX vs Intel Core i9-7980XE

Not only that AMD released the fastest consumer CPU in the market, but it’s also “ripping” Intel’s current flagship HEDT processor – the Intel Core i9-7980XE. The Core i9-7980XE features only 18 cores and 36 threads, with a base clock speed of 2.6GHz up to 4.40GHz with Intel Turbo boost max technology 3.0. It does have a slightly higher max clock speed, and a lower TDP at 165W; but it has a price tag of $1,999 (at launch). AMD showed some slides comparing the performance difference between their Threadripper 2990WX vs Core i9-7980XE. Tom’s Hardware published an LN2 performance comparison between the two CPUs in Cinebench R15, and Anandtech compiled a performance difference in Cinebench Rendering. The performance difference is just too significant to ignore.

The graphs above show us a glimpse of what the Threadripper 2990WX is capable of; and it also gives us an idea that this CPU is a force to reckon with. Full and detailed review of the 2990WX, including the 2950X should go live by next week. For now, we’ll just have to settle with news release, unboxings and pre-order. Just like the new 2nd generation Ryzen 2700X mainstream CPU, I’m more positive that the Threadripper 2990WX won’t disappoint.

Price and Where to Buy

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is now available to (pre) order and comes with a suggested retail price of $1,799. The CPU is expected to ship starting August 13. Meanwhile, the Threadripper 2950X is expected to launch on August 31; followed by the Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X on October 2018. The new 2990WX is backwards compatible with 1st gen X399 motherboards (BIOS update required). But if you don’t have an X399 motherboard yet, I recommend you get the newer or refresh X399 motherboards like the MSI X399 MEG Creation and Aorus X399 Extreme. Also, be sure to pair this CPU with one of the fastest SSD available, for a smooth and responsive desktop operation. You can check out the latest pricing and availability via the links below.

2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU Specifications

CPUArchitectureCoresThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockL3 CachePCIe Gen 3.0 LanesSocket / ChipsetTDP
Threadripper 2990WXZen+ 12nm32643.0 GHz4.2 GHz64 MB64TR4 / X399250W
Threadripper 2970WXZen+ 12nm24283.0 GHz4.2 GHz64 MB64TR4 / X399250W
Threadripper 2950XZen+ 12nm16323.5 GHz4.4 GHz64 MB64TR4 / X399180W
Threadripper 2920XZen+ 12nm12243.5 GHz4.3 GHz64 MB64TR4 / X399180W

2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Processor Official News Release

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Aug. 6, 2018 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced immediate worldwide pre-order availability from over 80 global etailers and system integrators for the highly anticipated flagship 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper desktop processor. Breaking the world-record Cinebench R15 multi-threaded CPU test with the highest benchmark scores in the single-socket desktop processor category, the 32-core, 64-thread 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is designed for professional content creators, developers, and PC enthusiasts. The 2nd Gen line-up features four total processor models coming to market in 2018, all of which are built on the 12nm “Zen+” core architecture, include the unique 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen processor feature set, and are compatible with existing and new X399 motherboards. With the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and 2970WX processors, AMD adds the new Ryzen Threadripper WX Series above the existing Ryzen Threadripper X Series processors, meeting creators’ demands for the ultimate desktop computing power for the most intense workloads.

“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. “Our goal with 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors was to push the performance boundaries even further and continue innovating at the bleeding edge. Beginning on August 13, creators, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere will get to experience the benefits of these new products.”

During an event in front of global press, industry analysts, and partners last month, 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processors were put through their paces and have already broken world records[i] in the Cinebench R15 multi-threaded CPU test. The AMD Ryzen Overclocking Team managed to push the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX CPU to over 5.1GHz on liquid nitrogen, achieving record breaking performance with a score of 7,618, beating the current single socket record set by the competition’s Core i9-7980XE CPU at 5,828 points. The freely available Ryzen Master Software utility gives broad control of CPU[ii] settings allowing users to squeeze every drop of performance from their CPU.

Ecosystem Readiness
All 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors support the SocketTR4 platform, sporting sixty-four PCIe® Gen 3.0 lanes, and quad channel DDR4 memory with ECC support[iii]. All 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are supported by a full ecosystem of new and existing X399 platforms at launch, with designs already available from top motherboard manufacturers including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. Along with the broad selection of motherboards, the SocketTR4 platform supports a wide range of new and existing cooling solutions, including the new Wraith Ripper air-cooler showcased at Computex 2018. This cooler is now available from CoolerMaster and features compatibility with the SocketTR4 platform and all 1st Gen and 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors.

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