The second generation of AMD Threadripper processors arrives this summer, bringing twice as many processing units and performances as ever to the PC platform
Designed for the AMD Threadripper platform and compatible with existing motherboards for the TR4 socket, the Threadripper 2990X is about twice as fast as the predecessor Threadripper 1950X, AMD succeeding in a single year to double the number of processing units
Appearing in the offer of a European online store, the new processor was listed with 1229 euro (1509 euros with taxes included). Although it is not even cheap, AMD's peak is considerably more attractive than Intel's Core i9 7980XE, the latter offering 18 processing cores at a cost of over 1800.
Currently, it is impossible to tell if the price displayed is real, AMD so far hesitating to communicate a precise launch calendar and official list of prices. But if we take clues from the current peak of the 16-core Threadripper 1950X, whose price has dropped to $ 800 in some stores, positioning the 32-core model to about twice that amount starts to make sense. At the same time, it is expected that AMD will target a price below the level set by Intel for Core i9.
The Ryzen Threadripper 2990X comes with a guaranteed minimum frequency of 3.4GHz and can reach 4GHz in boost mode if the operating temperatures are well controlled by a liquid cooling system. Like the Ryzen + processors for the AM4 socket, the new Threadripper models support AMD XFR2 technology, offering boost frequencies of up to 4.2GHz in low-optimized multiprocessing applications