AMD's Ryzen Threadripper CPUs Finally Launch (If You Have $2700)

There are some of us who can make practical use of more cores in their daily workflow. Like 32 cores, to be precise.

The first of the second-gen Threadripper CPUs are available as of this morning, although you'll need to fork out a staggering $2699 to pick it up. It's the Threadripper 2990WX, which ships with a monster 32 cores/64 threads, base and boost clock speeds of 3.0Ghz and 4.2GHz respectively, 64MB of L3 cache and 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

In other words: this is more the kind of CPU for making games, not playing them.

Later this month, the Threadripper 2950X (16c/32t, 3.5GHz/4.4GHz) will become available for $US899 - there's no local pricing just yet - while the Threadripper 2970WX (24c/48t, 3.0GHz/4.2GHz) will land in October and sell for $1349. The Threadripper 2920X, which comes with a more modest 12c/24t and 3.5Ghz/4.3GHz base and boost clocks, will launch in the same month for $US649.

The Wraith air cooler for the Threadripper is hilariously large. Image: Gizmodo

This is good news, mind you, if you do a lot of video transcoding, 3D editing, AutoCAD, and so on. It's less useful for gaming, since most games still tend to get more performance out of CPUs with higher frequencies, rather than CPUs with eight or more cores. You'll notice the difference if you're trying to do multiple CPU-intensive tasks at once - note that I'm not talking a video game and streaming here, but more 3D rendering while pushing out a file through Adobe Premiere.

We'll have a little more info about Threadripper throughout the week. If you're interested in the CPU, PLE Copmuters, PC Case Gear, Mwave, Computer Alliance and Scorptec are the only places with stock right now. Here's a quick list on StaticICE if you want to dig through the details.


    Hey, that's a pretty nice looking etch-a-sketch, but I think the dials fell off.

    3D rendering while pushing out a file through Adobe Premiere.

    Not to be overly snarky, but it's from Adobe. One basically needs a Beowulf cluster just for the application alone, not just for the work to be done.

      I bought a GTX 1080 to render my last short film on Premiere.

      Makes a HUGE difference for rendering. Doesn't get used at all while exporting. Less than 10% utilisation.

        Sorry, I was being a cheek. Adobe isn't know of optimisation these days.

        They basically took the throne from Crysis in terms of "can it run?".

          Actually, I'm trying to agree with you. Very poorly optimised program in all ways.

          I still like using it though, but I wish it felt like a program that had really be QA'd and optimised properly.

    After a few years in the wilderness, AMD is smashing it now with their Infinity Fabric architecture. Being able to plug chips together and sell them at a price that doesn't require winning the lottery is the opposite of what Intel was doing for the last 10 years.

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