Waiting for launch in August, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X will be the first 32-core processor to reach consumers, capable of delivering a level of performance previously unveiled on a desktop PC
Designed for the AMD Threadripper platform and compatible with the existing motherboards for the TR4 socket, the Threadripper 2990X continues offensive against the Intel rival a year ago, delivering unmatched performance for the opposing camp.
According to unofficial performance tests run using the popular Cinebench R15 benchmark, Ryzen Threadripper 2990X is about twice as fast as the predecessor of the Threadripper 1950X, AMD managing to double the number of processing units without compromising lower operating frequencies. Thus, 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 kept under control 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
Unfortunately, doubling performance comes with the cost of increased power consumption, estimated at around 250W in demanding applications. AMD, however, assures that the energy consumed under typical conditions of use will be well below this value
Tested in overclocking, Ryzen Threadripper 2990X has overcome the 4GHz threshold without any problems, reaching a maximum of 4.12GHz, applied to all 32 processing cores. Unfortunately, in addition to the use of an all-in-one liquid cooling system provided by Corsair, the cited source does not reveal the operating temperatures and power consumption obtained by setting the voltage (vCore) to 1.38 V.
It is certain that both the 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 2990X and the 24-core version will also be used with conventional heatpipe-based cooling systems, AMD revealing a new official cooler – Ryzen Wraith Ripper, guaranteed to meet the energy consumption announced