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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series Gets Bigger and Badass Packaging – New Box Layout Revealed, Arriving This Month


The first pictures of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2000 series packaging have been leaked by Videocardz. The next-generation of AMD HEDT processors will be released soon and we have already got word about the specifications, but today, we get our first good look at the packaging for AMD's high-end desktop chips.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series Packaging Leaks Out - Bigger and Badass, Just Like The 32 Core Behemoth

When AMD released their first generation Ryzen Threadripper processors, we got to see two new things. First was obviously the processor itself which was a disruptive product for the market, the second thing was the gorgeous packaging that the chip was shipped inside. It was a good relief from the box styled packages that CPUs had previously shipped in, but it looks like AMD is going all out with their 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper processors.

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Just like the 32 core behemoth which the new Threadripper flagship is going to be, the packaging of the processor is also going to be a grand scheme of things. It's bigger, it looks epic and like the last package, it comes with a transparent window which reveals the CPU on the front. This time, AMD has gone with a more polygonal look, which looks impressive.

The back of the box has the same layout with the orange tint showing where the processor is placed. Given the room inside the box, we can tell that aside from the processor, it will ship with manuals and tools that are necessary for installing the Ryzen Threadripper processor on TR4 motherboards.

AMD 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper Launch Date, Models, and Specs

Now, we have confirmed the launch date of the processors which will be introduced to the HEDT market on 13th August 2018. There will be two Ryzen Threadripper processors which will hit the market, these will include:

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  • Ryzen Threadripper 2990X (32 Core / 64 Thread)
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2950X (16 Core / 32 Thread)

Ryzen Threadripper 2990X 32 Core (What We Know So Far)

The chip will rock 32 cores and 64 threads that eclipses Intel’s halo product which will sports only 28 cores and 56 threads. The chip is expected to feature a base clock of 3.4 GHz and a maximum boost clock of 4.0 GHz while the precision boost overdrive clocks are rated at +200 MHz so expect up to 4.20 GHz in single core optimized workloads. This shows that AMD can still achieve very high clock speeds even when they jumped to twice as many cores as their previous flagship, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X.

Other details include 16 MB of L2 and 64 MB of L3 cache which rounds up to a total of 80 MB of available cache on a single chip. The TDP of the chip as stated before will be kept at 250W and all current generation TR4 socketed boards will be fully compatible with the 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper processors.

When compared to the Core i9-7980XE, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X at around $1500 US offers better architecture based on a 12nm process, 14 more cores, 28 more threads and for $500 less since the i9 costs a grand $2000 US. Comparing it to the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, we get 16 more cores, 32 more threads and faster clocks at just $500 US more.

According to the retailer price, AMD may not be taking the price to a higher premium and charging about 50% more than the 1950X which costs less than its launch price of $999 US if you check the market. If prices are anywhere close to this, it would be another great product for the high-end market and put Intel’s HEDT in a lot of trouble which can cost in excess of $2000 US considering their new platform and Xeon Platinum prices.

Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 16 Core (What We Know So Far)

The Ryzen Threadripper 2950X will feature more cores than its predecessor, the 1950X. We are looking at the same 16 cores and 32 threads. We don’t have the clock speeds of this chip except that it will rock a 250W TDP. The chip is expected to ship around the $999 US bracket.

The models AMD showed use the same four die CCX configuration which is being used on the current Ryzen Threadripper processors which are connected via the Infinity Fabric Interconnect. Only two of the dies are active, just like the previous parts.

While AMD had two of the dies disabled on the previous processors, the new 2nd generation processors will be using all four dies (enabled) on the 2970X and 2990X.

On the X399 front, we will be looking at a slew of new refreshed designs, specifically built for the 2nd generation HEDT processors. We have already seen the MSI MEG X399 Creation and AORUS X399 Extreme designs so we can also expect other products from the remaining manufacturers.  For existing motherboards, partners have released new BIOS firmware that enables support on them (read more here). We will have more details for you in a couple of days regarding the Ryzen Threadripper 2000 series so stay tuned.

AMD CPU Roadmap (2017-2022)

ArchitectureZen (4) / Zen (5)Zen (4) / Zen (4C)Zen (4) / Zen 3 (+)Zen (3) / Zen 3 (+)Zen (3) / Zen 2Zen (2) / Zen+Zen (1) / Zen+Zen (1)
Process Node5nm / 3nm?5nm5nm / 6nm7nm7nm7nm14nm / 12nm14nm
ServerEPYC TurinEPYC BergamoEPYC 'Genoa'EPYC 'Milan'EPYC 'Rome'EPYC 'Rome'EPYC 'Naples'EPYC 'Naples'
Max Server Cores / Threads256/512128/25696/19264/12864/12864/12832/6432/64
High End DesktopRyzen Threadripper 8000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 7000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 6000 Series (TBD)Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series (Chagall)Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak)Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak)Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series (Coflax)Ryzen Threadripper 1000 Series (White Haven)
Ryzen FamilyRyzen 8000 SeriesRyzen 7000 SeriesRyzen 6000 SeriesRyzen 5000 SeriesRyzen 4000/5000 SeriesRyzen 3000 SeriesRyzen 2000 SeriesRyzen 1000 Series
Max HEDT Cores / ThreadsTBDTBDTBD64/12864/12864/12832/6416/32
Mainstream DesktopRyzen 8000 Series (Granite Ridge)TBDRyzen 7000 Series (Raphael)Ryzen 5000 Series (Vermeer-X)Ryzen 5000 Series (Vermeer)Ryzen 3000 Series (Matisse)Ryzen 2000 Series (Pinnacle Ridge)Ryzen 1000 Series (Summit Ridge)
Max Mainstream Cores / ThreadsTBDTBD16/3216/3216/3216/328/168/16
Budget APURyzen 8000 (Strix Point Zen 5)Ryzen 7000 Series (Phoenix Zen 4)Ryzen 6000 Series (Rembrandt Zen 3+)Ryzen 5000 Series (Cezanne Zen 3)Ryzen 4000 Series (Renoir Zen 2)Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso Zen+)Ryzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge)N/A
Will you purchase the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs?