In April 2018 AMD launched its Ryzen 2nd generation processors, and has blown the first generation out of the water in terms of performance. It now seems that AMD plans to do the same with Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation to produce the very best high-end desktop processors that you can buy in 2018.
Just like the move of Ryzen for Ryzen 2nd Generation we have seen a huge leap forward with Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation. From better energy management to higher clock speeds, plus the addition of extremely inflated core counts.
Although AMD has made its official announcement and released pre-orders, there is still much to be revealed. So make sure this page is marked as a bookmark – we keep it updated with all the Ryzen Threadripper Generation 2 news that comes our way.
Threadripper 2nd Gen reviews
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX:
4.0 stars Technically better value than Intel; Highest performance we have seen so far One power hungry beast; Not all applications are 32-core optimized
Cut to the chase
- What is it? AMD's next generation high-end desktop CPUs
- When is it out? August 13
- What does it cost? $ 649 (about £ 500, AU $ 880) for the 2920X – $ 1,799 (£ 1,639, AU $ 2,679)
Ryzen Threadripper Generation 2 release date
Since Computex 2018 we have known that Ryzen Threadripper Generation 2 CPUs would be released sometime in the second half of 2018. After the official announcement we now know that the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX will be the first to be released on August 13th.
The Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is then released on August 31st. Meanwhile AMD has announced the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X will be released sometime in October 2018.
Ryzen Threadripper Generation 2 Prize
Ryzen Threadripper turned out to be a much more affordable line of high-end desktop processors than Intel Skylake-X, and it seems that these 2nd generation chips will continue the trend.
These are the prices of the AMD Threadripper Generation 2:
- Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX: $ 1,799 (£ 1,639, AU $ 2,679)
- Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX: $ 1,299 (about £ 1,000, AU $ 1,755)
- Ryzen Threadripper 2950X: $ 899 (about £ 690, AU $ 1,210)
- Ryzen Threadripper 2920X: $ 649 (about £ 500, AU $ 880)
Although Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation introduces two higher SKUs in the series, the new HEDT chips from AMD (processors for advanced desktop computers) are actually cheaper than the ones that have replaced them.
The $ 899 (about £ 690, AU $ 1,210) Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is especially $ 100 cheaper than the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X which was initially launched with a price tag of $ 999 (£ 845, AU $ 1,359). Likewise, the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X runs for $ 649 (about £ 500, AU $ 880) and is also cheaper than its predecessor, the $ 799 (£ 689, AU $ 1,069) Ryzen Threadripper 1920X.
At the beginning of the series, the $ 1799 (around £ 1,380, AU $ 2,430) Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX remains more affordable than Intel's $ 1,999 flagship (about £ 1540, AU $ 2,700) Core i9-7980XE.
Ryzen Threadripper Generation 2 specs
Thanks to the transition to the same Zen + 12nm architecture used in the recent Ryzen 2nd Generation processors, Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation gets better asset management, higher clock speeds and especially a huge increase in the number of core counts.
Here is a brief specification of the current Ryzen Threadripper 2nd generation line-up:
- Ryzen Threadripper 2920X: 12 cores, 24-threads, clocked at 3.5 GHz to 4.3 GHz
- Ryzen Threadripper 2950X: 16 cores, 32-threads, clocked at 3.5GHz to 4.4GHz
- Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX: 24 cores, 48 threads, clocked at 3.0 GHz to 4.2 GHz
- Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX: 32 cores, 64 threads, clocked at 3.0 GHz to 4.2 GHz
The highlight of the Ryzen Threadripper 2nd generation line-up of AMD must of course be the 32-core and 64-thread 2990WX. What is even more impressive is that the CPU is apparently able to operate up to 4.2 GHz – a noticeable upgrade over the 1950X top speed of 4.0 GHz with half of the number of cores and threads.
Some point out that the 28-core processor that Intel has shown at Computex press 5 GHz, but we are still not 100% sure of the details (ie the cooling setup) around that demo and Intel later clarified that this speed was achieved with overclocking.
You may also have seen the WX suffix at the end of AMD's top two end-of-the-line HEDT processors, and this is a new set of consumer workstations designed for creators and innovators. AMD focuses specifically on these two CPUs on creators and innovators such as video editors, designers and general-media makers.
Meanwhile, the X-series Threadripper 2nd generation processors, the 2920X and 2950X, are suitable for streaming gamers who need that extra processing power to drive 4K live streaming during the game. AMD once again bends the power of its 12nm architecture, giving us a 2950X which is 0.3-0.5GHz faster than the 1950X it replaces, and we have not even overclocked.
Fortunately, AMD also sticks to the same TR4 socket, so anyone who wants to upgrade once Threadripper Generation 2 falls does not have to worry about buying a new board. However, unlike the Ryzen 2nd Generation jump to an X470 chipsetAMD does not introduce a new chipset to replace the existing X399 platform – at least in name.
Instead, users will find a pair of new Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation-ready X399 motherboards designed with improved overclocking performance and power consumption. Fortunately, older motherboards are compatible after the latest BIOS is installed and you do not have to boot them with an original Ryzen Threadripper CPU or UEFI Boot Kits.
Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation functions
Although Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation has not yet switched to a new chipset, it has a new bag of tricks thanks to improved functions and even one that is new.
Precision Boost initially checked the CPU frequencies up to 25 MHz. Now with version two, AMD has scattered an algorithm that ensures that the processor runs intelligently on its thermal and electrical limits when performing a task.
Extended frequency range 2 (XFR2) has also seen a significant buff, allowing 16% extra processor performance for each number of nuclei and threads. On the previous generation of Ryzen Threadripper chips, XFR could only affect a small number of nuclei.
Finally, Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) is a brand new feature that allows AMD's latest HEDT CPUs to exceed their specifications and maximize their power consumption with the abundant VRMs on X399 motherboards. Although users will declare their warranty technically void, PBO can help users to achieve overclocking that has occurred until now.
AMD itself achieved a 5.1 GHz overclock over all 32 cores with a liquid-nitrogen-cooled processor.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2nd generation performance
We finally have access to the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and we have to say: the performance is phenomenal. Although many of the benchmarks need to be updated to recognize the crazy number of cores that the 2990WX offers, you can basically throw any workload to the 2990WX and miss out on a lot of achievements.
Where the 2990WX staggers, is the game performance. It falls behind the much more affordable Intel Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 2700X, but that can be expected. Do us a favor – do not spend $ 2000 on a processor for gaming, it's just not worth it. Buy two GTX 2080 Tis instead.
But we're still waiting for the rest of Threadripper's 2nd generation lineup to find out where they're falling, but we're confident that Intel will feel the pressure anyway.