AMD’s x86 Zen architecture made a huge splash into the processor market last year, perhaps the most striking to its arsenal being the first generation Threadripper processor. The second generation of Threadripper has been announced at Computex 2018 and is taking further strides forward in terms of power and scale.
The new Threadripper will feature up to 32 cores/64 threads mirroring versions of AMD EPYC’s series of enterprise solutions, although EPYC will still hold the performance crown due to its 8 memory channels compared to Threadripper’s 4.
The competition from Intel is heating up with a 28-core beast being shown off at Computex too.
We have the latest details for the Threadripper 2 right here.
AMD Threadripper 2 Specs and Features
We have a handy table to compare the first and second generation of Threadrippers just below, fresh from AMD’s slide deck from Computex 2018.
|Threadripper 2 32-Core Sample||Threadripper 2 24-Core Sample||Threadripper 1950X||Threadripper 1920X|
|Socket||TR4 (LGA) 4094-pin||TR4 (LGA) 4094-pin||TR4 (LGA) 4094-pin||TR4 (LGA) 4094-pin|
|Base Frequency||3.0 GHz||3.0 GHz||3.4 GHz||3.5 GHz|
|Turbo Frequency||3.4 GHz (WIP)||3.4 GHz (WIP)||4.0 GHz||4.0 GHz|
|L3 Cache||64 MB (?)||48 MB (?)||32 MB||32 MB|
|PCI-E 3.0 Lanes||60 + 4||60 + 4||60 + 4||60 + 4|
AMD Threadripper 2 Motherboards
The new Threadripper series of processors will feature a peak TDP rating of 250W which is a substantial boost over the 180W we’ve seen on the 1950X. Motherboard vendors have suggested that the current generation of X399 motherbaords might struggle with the power requirements demanded by the new 32 core monster. This doesn’t mean that the current generations of boards won’t be able to house the new threadrippers, but overclocking capabilities may well be limited.
AMD Threadripper 2 Launch Date and Pricing
Our best educated guess puts the launch date of the new Threadripper in early August, which aligns with the AMD road map that we’ve seen this year.
Pricing information really would all be speculation at the moment, but I think we’re all aware that these aren’t going to be a cheap purchase. We’re guessing around the $1k mark but real information remains to be seen.
We’re also missing anything in the way of a Cinebench score from the second generation Threadripper, but considering what Intel’s 28-core super chilled beast did to Cinebench, we’re not too surprised that AMD deftly dodged putting up any of their own numbers. Thunder was probably stolen somewhere along the way.