At AMD’s Computex 2018 press event the company had a few different things to show, but lets first talk about Threadripper 2! AMD’s Threadripper 2 are multi-chip modules made up of four 12 nm 8-core “Pinnacle Ridge” dies, with up to 32 cores, and with SMT that is 64 threads. Since these chips are based on the Zen+ architecture they will offer lower latencies, higher clock speeds, and Precision Boost 2 support.
Much like AMD’s first generation Threadripper parts we are more than likely going to see 8-core, 12-core, and 16-core parts. This is in addition to the larger 24-core, 28-core, and 32-core parts. AMD did say that these new chips will be backwards compatible with current X399 motherboards, although we could see a new slew of X399 boards that have 8-channel memory slots (for the two extra dies on TR2).
AMD presented a demo of a 24-core version of the chip, set up against Intel’s Core i9-7980XE in Blender. AMD’s chip finished the test by a notable margin. AMD also ran the test with their 32-core chip, but decided to not have Intel’s chip play along.
AMD did not give any details on pricing, but they did say that ThreadRipper 2 would debut during Q3 of this year.