AMD has just officially announced its second-generation Ryzen Threadripper high-end desktop (HEDT) processor series. The first chip from this series will drop on August 13th and will be the flagship Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. This is a 32-core, 64-thread part with a base clock of 3.0 GHz and will boost up to 4.2 GHz. It will be priced at $1799.
The next chip to drop will be the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X on August 31st. It is a 16-core, 32-thread part that has a base clock of 3.5 GHz and boosts up to 4.4 GHz. You’ll be able to pick this chip up for $899, which is $100 cheaper than its predecessor.
The next two chips will be released in October, they include the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X. The 2970WX is a 24-core, 48-thread part that runs at 3.0 GHz and boosts up to 4.2 GHz. It can be yours for $1299. The 2920X is a 12-core, 24-thread part which runs at 3.5 GHz and boosts up to 4.3 GHz. It will be $649, which is $150 cheaper than its predecessor the 1920X.
You’ll notice that the higher core count chips have a “WX” extension, this is because AMD is targeting the 24-core and 32-core parts at pro-sumers, where as the lower core count “X” chips will be targeted at high-end gaming builds.
All of these parts are based on the new 12 nm “Pinnacle Ridge” die, which we saw on the second generation Ryzen AM4 family of processors. This die shows a 3-5 percent increase in IPC improvement. Threadripper chips are still a multi-chip module with 2 to 4 of these dies depending on the SKU.
All four SKUs listed are compatible with existing TR4 motherboards based on the AMD X399 chipset, just requiring a BIOS update.
AMD has begun taking pre-orders for the flagship 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX.