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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 53% Faster Than The Intel Core i9-7980XE

08 August 2018

At first glance this may not seem like a big deal considering that the big Threadripper has an excess of 14 cores compared to the Intel i9, but what makes this comparison more glaring is the fact that the Intel chip costs a good $200 more than the AMD.

Nearly exactly a year after its first Ryzen Threadripper processors burst into the somewhat stagnant market for high-performance desktop (HEDT) consumer CPUs, AMD is poised to give gamers, multimedia pros, and other bleeding edge-dwellers four new Threadripper chips with even better potential performance-and higher price tags on the peak models.

AMD's France webpage also posted the Cinebench benchmark performance of Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and Intel Core i9 mistakenly.

And as for the October launch, the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX features 24 cores of processing power with simultaneous hyperthreading enabled for a total of 48 threads. It could also put much more pressure on Intel's Core i7-7820X and the Core i7-7800X SKUs, as well as the upcoming Core i9-9900K CPUs.

Rounding out the lineup is AMD's pair of new X gaming processors.

Rumor has it that the price for this AMD offering will be pitched at $1,799 (around £1,390, AU$2,440), and that will undercut the Core i9-7980XE by a couple of hundred bucks. Interestingly, AMD ran a series of 11 games on PCs powered by both chips, and found that the system with the Core i9-7900X offered about 6 percent higher frame rates on average than the Threadripper-powered one did.

It's worth noting that AMD's 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processors will work with existing X399 motherboards, since they are based off of the same socket: TR4.

The flagship 2nd gen Threadripper 29990WX packs an impressive 32-cores and 64-threads, working at 3.0GHz base and 4.2GHz Boost clocks. The Ryzen Threadripper 2950X will launch shortly after, on August 31, while the two remaining Threadripper 2 models, the Ryzen Threadripper 2970X and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X, won't be on the shelves until an unspecified date in October. The chip's performance goes up to a maximum of 4.2Ghz with overclocking. Available to pre-order today, the chips that go from 12 cores and 24 threads all the way up to 32 cores and 64 threads offer unprecedented levels of multithreaded performance and come in far cheaper than the Intel competition too. The WX chips are designed for 250 watts, up from 180 watts for the first-gen Threadripper chips.

The second chip arriving August, although not until the 31st, is the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 53% Faster Than The Intel Core i9-7980XE