Threadripper 2 Review Compilation (2990WX and 2950X)

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Today, AMD has released its latest Threadripper CPU, dubbed Threadripper 2, with a monster 32 core 64 thread 2990WX and the 16 core 2950WX. The new parts are based off the Zen+ architecture and continue AMD’s onslaught of additional cores trumping similar processors from Intel by price and number of cores and threads. The 2990WX flagship is priced at $1799 MSRP while the 16 core 2950X is priced at $899. The 2990WX we have seen available for pre-order (now for ordering) at for $1800 and is sold out at the time of this article. The 2950X will be available on August 31st.

As one can see from the AMD press deck we received above, later in the year, AMD will be offering two other variants with the 24C/48T 2970WX priced at $1299 as well as the 2920X 12C/24T CPU with an MSRP of $649. The four CPU processor lineup should give power users (read workstations, creative content providers, etc) a lot of horsepower to get things done using software that is able to handle all the threads they offer.

Threadripper 2 Product Stack
CPU Cores/Threads Base / Boost Clock TDP PCIe Lanes* Price
2990WX  32 / 64 3.0 GHz / 4.2 GHz 250W 64 $1799 8/13 (NOW)
2970WX 24 / 48 3.0 GHz / 4.2 GHz 250W 64 $1299 8/31
2950X 16 / 32 3.5 GHz / 4.4 GHz 180W 64 $899 October 2018
 2920X 12 / 24 3.5 GHz / 4.3 GHz 180W 64 $649  October 2018

The latest CPUs seem to go right for Intel’s jugular on the price per core and the sheer number of cores with current Intel processors on the HEDT platform maxing out with the 7980XE at 18 cores and 36 threads priced at $2000 MSRP (currently priced on Newegg for $1850). We’ll have to wait a bit and see how Intel decided to counter this release with an updated Skylake-SP product we will likely see sooner than later.

At a high-level, AMD uses the same 32-core EPYC silicon but is upgraded to the Zen+ on 12nm for more frequency and less power use. The EPYC processors these were based on use 8-channel RAM but on this platform (and previous Threadripper), that was cut back to quad-channel. The EPYC parts also had 128 PCIe lanes which were cut down to 64 (60+4 for the chipset*). The new TR2 CPUs gain AMD’s Precision Boost 2 which we talked about in the Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600 review from a couple months back and works in conjunction with XFR2 in order to bring the fastest clock speed while still fitting in thermal and power envelopes.

We are currently working with AMD on procuring a Threadripper 2 for review ourselves, but for now, we would like to share a few others reviews until we can get a hold of one and tested in the way. These articles cover the CPUs very well and should give a lot of the details many are looking for upon release including changes and how the interconnect works, etc.

If there are others, please feel free to link them in the comments below!


Joe Shields (Earthdog)


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  1. Pretty sure the AT review said 500W at 4.0 Ghz all c/t. Somewhere around its 250w tdp at stock.
    I honestly havent had time to read much of them today.
    Edit: techspot said 383W syztem load in corona at stock... so 250+
    i wish people would stop calling it 'Threadripper 2'.

    I wish the world was a safer place, but alas I know it won't be... so rather than ****ting in one hand to find out that my wishing is empty, I just accept that it is so.
    I wish the world was a safer place, but alas I know it won't be... so rather than ****ting in one hand to find out that my wishing is empty, I just accept that it is so.

    Depends on how cold that hand is...... :D
    Back to the topic of this thread however... I read some of the reviews, seems like some heavy hitting power to me. And yes it's a LARGE power draw for a CPU, but seriously it's 32c/64t can't exactly expect 4+ GHz on that many cores at 8 core power usage. I'll be interested to read the write up on them here when they come. I said it in a previous thread however seeing the 2nd gen 16 core hitting 4.4 GHz is exciting (for me at least) news and suggests Ryzen 3000 series has a bright future with even higher frequency capability not to mention the next iteration of these chips, Threadripper 3. Which will probably be un-godly core counts at the top tier. Still not entirely sure why AMD and Intel are pushing core counts for home computers 15 years into the future, but it's kinda fun to watch, almost like the space race of the cold war era US and USSR.
    After quick browsing the articles I see it's not overclocking better than the first gen of TR. Max boost on single cores is higher but manual OC is ~4.0-4.1GHz in most cases. It makes my 1920X look pretty good :)
    Yes, of course less cores, hard to miss that :) ... not that I need so many, still it would be great to play with 32 cores but I guess after couple of days I wouldn't care if there is 12 or 32 cores. 16 core version OC the same as 32 looking at the results around the web.
    32 cores at the same speed as 16 cores is twice the chip. If you can use the cores, that's impressive. Intel has their work cut out for them to match those numbers outright.
    Ive got 32 threads... but have HT off and run 16c. Chip was given to me so, it doesnt break my heart to save 10C and run 16c a bit faster at less voltage. :)
    No doubt. The number of people who need, or can even use, 32c/64t is pretty small. Like infinitesimal for the most part. But those who can and will utilize it make TR2-32 a tough one to beat.
    Based on what i am seeing here, this processor is excellent if you want to render multiple things at the same time. Steamers do come to mind, but i do not think this processor would be beneficial for them due to complexity of how much is just crammed in there. all that latency and such.
    Full name of it should have been put on the box as "AMD 2990 Workstation eXtreme" instead of "AMD 2990WX". something like that.
    Paired with some decent RAM (3200-3600?) latency shouldn't be much of an issue. With the Ryzen architecture (Infinity Fabric), the faster the RAM the faster the chip. I wonder if it's that same design component that makes it harder to run faster RAM? It seems like a nice stable DDR4 3866 MHz-4000 MHz would make it a serious force to be reckoned with.