AMD 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper Performance Benchmarks Detailed – 2990WX Crushes The i9-7980XE, 2950X Blazes Past The i9-7900X For Less Than Intel’s Offerings

AMD officially announced their 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processors yesterday. They revealed several details, including a few performance results against CPUs from the competition, but today, we have more detailed results and a few key features which weren't revealed yesterday thanks to Videocardz (via Kitguru).

More AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and 2950X Processor Performance Benchmarks Detailed - $1799 US 32 Core Crushes Intel's $1999 US 18 Core, $899 US 16 Core Crushes Intel's $999 US 10 Core

In the new slides, we get some more information regarding the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors. First of all, we get a clear aim of this high-performance, high core-count processor. While AMD's 'X' series Threadripper chips are said to be aimed at enthusiast and high-end gaming systems, they are still very capable of workstation and developer-grade content creation system environments. All 16, 24, 32 core models are designed for complex workflows which include a range of different tasks such as Media Editing, Visual Effects, Modeling, Rigging, Animation, Data Science, Code Compiling and Machine Learning/Rendering.

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Once again, like 1st Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, the 2nd Gen series will feature support in Ryzen Master, allowing users to switch between Game Mode or Creator Mode. There will also be options to switch between legacy mode which will disable the extra threads on the processors to avoid incompatibility in legacy or older applications.


With memory access modes, users can select between UMA (maximum memory bandwidth) and NUMA (lowest latency) modes. While on the topic of Ryzen Master, it should be pointed out that a new updated version will be released on launch day, 13th August, offering more fine tuning and control over the HEDT processors.


Another thing worth noting is that in game mode, Ryzen Threadripper processors will optimize to run with 8 cores, 16 threads. That means only 2 CCX or 1 die would be enabled, reducing latency. This will allow the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X to operate at speeds of 4.4 GHz with Precision Boost 2.0, achieving the maximum 8 core default frequency on any Ryzen processor released to date.

Detailed performance results are mentioned and posted in the slides below:

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AMD 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper 2990X 32 Core / 64 Thread CPU Review Ft. ASRock X399 Professional Gaming and ASRock X399 Taichi
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX: Up To 51% Faster Than Intel's i9-7980XE (32 Core $1799 US vs 18 Core $1999 US)
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2950X: Up To 41% Faster Than Intel's i9-7900X (16 Core $899 US vs 10 Core $999 US)

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 32 Core $1799 US Processor – The Undisputed and The Unmatched Flagship of the 2nd Gen AMD HEDT Family

The Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX will rock 32 cores and 64 threads that eclipses Intel’s halo product which will sport 28 cores and 56 threads. The chip is expected to feature a base frequency of 3.0 GHz (3.4 GHz all core precision boost) and a maximum boost frequency of 4.0 GHz while the precision boost overdrive frequency is rated at +200 MHz so expect up to 4.20 GHz in single core optimized workloads.

This shows that Zen+ cores can still achieve very high clock speeds even when they jumped to twice as many 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 $1799 US offers a better architecture based on a 12nm process, 14 more cores, 28 more threads and for $200 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 $800 US more.

Even compared to the new Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, the 2990WX delivers up to 64% better performance in creation tasks which is absolutely killer performance. Given these prices, it will 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.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 24 Core $1299 US Processor – Insane Multi-Thread Performance at an Extreme Value

The second chip in the lineup is the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX which features 24 cores and 48 threads for a price of just $1299 US. Intel’s 12 core chip in comparison costs $1200 US so we are looking at twice the number of cores at $100 US premium. The chip features clock speeds of 3.0 GHz base and 4.0 GHz boost (4.2 GHz XFR).

Keeping things in line and if the chip comes with the same die configuration as the 1950X, we will be looking at 64 MB of L3 cache and 12 MB of L2 cache which totals 76 MB total cache size. The chip will feature the same amount of PCIe lanes as the 2990WX and will have a TDP of 250W and would be supported by existing and upcoming X399 motherboards.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 16 Core For $899 US – 16 Zen+ Cores With Faster Clocks

The Ryzen Threadripper 2950X will feature the same core config as its predecessor, the 1950X. We are looking at the same 16 cores and 32 threads. At the same time, the chip will be enhanced by the new Zen+ cores and provide higher clock speeds of 3.5 GHz base and 4.4 GHz boost with a 180W TDP. The chip will also come at a $100 US lesser price tag than its predecessor, at just $899 USD.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 12 Core For $649 US – 12 Zen+ Cores at $100 US Less Than Its Predecessor

The Ryzen Threadripper 2920X will feature the same core config as its predecessor, the 1920X. We are looking at the same 12 cores and 24 threads. At the same time, the chip will be enhanced by the new Zen+ cores and provide higher clock speeds of 3.5 GHz base and 4.3 GHz boost with a 180W TDP. The chip will also come at a $100 US lesser price tag than its predecessor, at just $699 USD.

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). Expect to see full performance reviews in a few days of the flagship CPU, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series CPU Specifications:

CPU NameAMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WXAMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WXAMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950XAMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
CPU FamilyAMD 2nd Gen Threadripper (COFLAX)AMD 2nd Gen Threadripper (COFLAX)AMD 2nd Gen Threadripper (COFLAX)AMD 2nd Gen Threadripper (COFLAX)
CPU Architecture12nm Zen+12nm Zen+12nm Zen+12nm Zen+
Base Clock3.0 GHz3.0 GHz3.5 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock4.2 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHz4.3 GHz
Cache (L3)64 MB64 MB64 MB64 MB
Cache (L2)16 MB12 MB8 MB6 MB
PlatformTR4 X399TR4 X399TR4 X399TR4 X399
Price$1799 US$1299 US$899 US$649 US
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