AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X 32 Core, 64 Thread Behemoth X399 HEDT CPU To Cost Around $1500 US – Listed By Retailer, Wrecks the i9-7980XE in Price Per Core, Price Per Performance Metrics

Hassan Mujtaba

It looks like the first listing of AMD's upcoming Ryzen Threadripper 2990X HEDT processor has just appeared and found out by Videocardz. AMD already upped the ante when the announced a 32 core, 64 thread behemoth processor against Intel's new HEDT which would pack 28 cores but they are going to take it one step ahead by offering that many cores for less than Intel's current flagship which packs only 18 cores.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X Flagship CPU Listed Online, Features Price Close To $1500 US - Bye Bye Core i9-7980XE, More Cores For Much Less Than Intel's Current Flagship

It wasn't that long ago when the first benchmarks of the chip along with detailed specifications leaked out. The Ryzen Threadripper 2990X showed to be an absolute monster in AMD's demo at Computex 2018 and also within the leaked benchmarks, with impressive overclocking capabilities from a 32 core CPU part.

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The chip will rock 32 cores and 64 threads which eclipses Intel’s Halo product which will sport 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.

The listing shows the chip as a 180W part but that may not be finalized as AMD themselves had confirmed a 250W TDP for the upcoming TR4 processors. Now the most impressive thing about the listing is the price. At 1509 EUR which is about roughly the same as $1500 US based on CPU and other hardware region specific prices, the chip blows every other HEDT away that has been released to date. The pricing while a placeholder just goes off to show that we can expect similar or close to this when the final retail model becomes available.

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

When compared to the Core i9-7980XE. the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X 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, faster clocks at just $500 US. 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.

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