AMD recently held the Threadripper 2 event in Maranello and it looks like the channel seeding has begun because the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X flagship processor was recently spotted listed at a Canadian retailer (via Videocardz) for 2400 CAD ($1835 USD). The AMD Threadripper 2990X is the flagship of the TR2 platform and features a mammoth 32-core / 64-thread count that can satisfy even the most power hungry Amateur/Video Professional workload.
AMD's Threadripper 2990X retails for $1835 in early-listing
Now I took the liberty of browsing Canada Computers and it turns out most of their pricing is pretty much on par with Amazon and the MSRP declared by AMD. Their 1950X retails for $999 CAD which is $764 USD (this is cheaper than Amazon at $774). This makes me think that this early listing price could very well be the real deal. Pre-orders are usually pretty pricey so if that is the case here then we can expect it to retail for something along the lines of $1499-1799 once the dust has settled.
The 32-core behemoth also had its benchmarks leaked a while ago as well as several attempts at simulating the same and features a cinebench score of over 6000 points! This leak also gives us another valuable info: the codename. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X will have the SKU nomenclature of YD299XAZAFWOF and from the looks of the picture, will be packaged in pretty much the same style as its predecessors.
The Threadripper 2990X will have 250W TDP, 80MB of L3 cache (WOW!) but only 4 memory channels. Unlike the 1950X which was still targetted somewhat towards gamers and streamers, the 2990X is dead center serious amateur/video professional territory - people who arent owners of render farms or data centers yet are running an operation which requires serious compute. I wouldn't be surprised if SMEs picked this up for the perfect server processor without any of the cost associated with EPYC.
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. All current generation TR4 socketed boards will be fully compatible with the 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper processors.
AMD CPU Roadmap (2017-2022)
|Architecture||Zen (4) / Zen (5)||Zen (4) / Zen (4C)||Zen (4) / Zen 3 (+)||Zen (3) / Zen 3 (+)||Zen (3) / Zen 2||Zen (2) / Zen+||Zen (1) / Zen+||Zen (1)|
|Process Node||5nm / 3nm?||5nm||5nm / 6nm||7nm||7nm||7nm||14nm / 12nm||14nm|
|Server||EPYC Turin||EPYC Bergamo||EPYC 'Genoa'||EPYC 'Milan'||EPYC 'Rome'||EPYC 'Rome'||EPYC 'Naples'||EPYC 'Naples'|
|Max Server Cores / Threads||256/512||128/256||96/192||64/128||64/128||64/128||32/64||32/64|
|High End Desktop||Ryzen Threadripper 8000 Series||Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series||Ryzen 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 Family||Ryzen 8000 Series||Ryzen 7000 Series||Ryzen 6000 Series||Ryzen 5000 Series||Ryzen 4000/5000 Series||Ryzen 3000 Series||Ryzen 2000 Series||Ryzen 1000 Series|
|Max HEDT Cores / Threads||TBD||TBD||TBD||64/128||64/128||64/128||32/64||16/32|
|Mainstream Desktop||Ryzen 8000 Series (Granite Ridge)||TBD||Ryzen 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 / Threads||TBD||TBD||16/32||16/32||16/32||16/32||8/16||8/16|
|Budget APU||Ryzen 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|