Strange as it seems like you'll always find manufacturers start releasing flagship hardware and device around August, gearing up for school and holiday shopping season. The latest such company is AMD, unveiling to market their newest flagship processor, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. Let's talk about AMD's powerful piece of hardware that will undoubtedly change the scape of desktop workstations.
The new Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor is for the ultra-premium desktop systems; it comes with 32-cores and 64-threads eclipsing Intel's halo product which has 28 cores and 56 threads. The processor is expected to feature a base clock frequency of 3.0 GHz (3.4GHz precision boost frequency) and the maximum boost clock frequency that allows the processor to reach 4.0 GHz while the precision boost overdrive frequency is rated at +200 MHz raising the total to 4.20 GHz in a single core optimized workloads.
Other noted features include 16MB of L2 and 64MB of L3 cache giving a grand total of 80MB of available cache on a single processor. The processors TDP is kept at 250W, with a TR4 socketed board that is fully compatible with 2ND generation Ryzen Threadripper processors.
When it comes to what you get for the money, compared to the $2,000 Core i9-7980X processor, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X is priced at just $1799, offering better architecture based on a 12nm process, 14 more cores, 28 more threads and at $200 less. In comparison to the late gen Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, you get 16 more cores, 32 more threads, much faster clocks at $800 more.
Of course, to have a processor of this magnitude release to market, you should expect a slew of refreshed X399 motherboards that are constructed entirely for the 2nd generation HEDT processors. You already have in existence the MSI MEG X399 Creation and AORUS X399 Extreme, so you should look forward to more products from other manufacturers come down the pipeline.
What we have with Threadripper 2990WX is a powerful piece of hardware that will prove beneficial to those looking to build a high-end system capable of handling graphically intense gaming and heavy workloads that includes video editing. The processor is expected to hit the market on August 13th.