Exclusive: AMD’s Threadripper 2990X 32 Core Will Hit 4.0 GHz On Air On New Wraith Coolers


AMD recently held a Threadripper 2 event in Maranello and while we weren't considered good enough to be invited by the company - we do have some great news coming-in from the event that we aren't bound by an NDA to not-share (good luck unravelling this sentence): AMD is introducing new Wraith Ripper coolers that will allow its flagship processor, the Threadripper 2990X/WX to hit 4.0 GHz on all cores on air. This is an absolutely incredible feat and is a subtle pun at the recent Intel debacle regarding the 28-core and the aquarium chiller.

AMD rolling out XFR2 that will enable 2nd Gen Threadripper 2990X 32-core flagship to hit 4.0 GHz across all cores on air on new Wraith coolers

AMD has been on a roll recently and it looks like their x86 come-back has yet to peak because the company is rolling out brand new wraith stock coolers called Ripper and built by Coolermaster that will allow the TR2 flagship to OC to 4.0 GHz across all cores out of the box! 4.0 GHz on such a mammoth processor, on air, is an absolutely herculean feat. To put this into perspective, Intel required a phase change cooler (which is a step above traditional AIOs) to OC their 28-core to 5.0 GHz. Granted 5.0 GHz requires exponentially more cooling power than 4.0 GHz, it is still impressive that AMD is doing this on stock coolers. As far as I know, no Intel extreme core count processor can hit anything close to 4.0 GHz on a stock cooler.

The new AMD Wraith Ripper cooler. Built by Coolermaster. Credit: TomsHardware

The reason AMD can do this is two-pronged. The first credit goes to the new XFR2 technology that the company is employing in its Threadripper 2 parts. XFR or Extended Frequency Range is AMD's dynamic OC technology that intelligently clocks the part based on a couple of variables. This is similar to the Turbo Boost tech that Intel employs in its CPUs. XFR2 is the successor to XFR and will allow TR2 to boost much higher than before. Since this is the all-core boost, it naturally implies that single and fewer core boosts will be much higher.

The original lineup of AMD Wriath coolers.

The second reason is of course, the hardware. This includes both the 12nm process and the brand new Wraith coolers. It is clear that they are designed to handle thermal loads upwards of 250W with relative ease. The new wraith cooler is an air-based design and is not an AIO - that much we can confirm. I have heard that the company stressed this point multiple times and in fact, the words "on air" were repeated in almost every other sentence. It is clear that AMD wants the narrative to establish a clear contrast between its rival, which required a phase change cooler, and Threadripper 2 which OCs just fine on Wraith Ripper stock coolers.

Then there is the 12nm Zen+ process, which allows the CPU to handle higher clocks at cooler temps and is basically the bread and butter of the Threadripper 2 tech. AMD's processors are maturing really well and the company has already sampled the press with 2990X/WX samples. We can also confirm that the leaks with the processor scoring 6000 points on cinebench are accurate and the AMD Threadripper 2990X/WX will be able to hit that score using the stock Wraith cooler. All in all, Threadripper 2 is shaping up to be an absolutely disruptive platform and we can't wait for reviews to go live. It also means that the pressure is on for Intel to come up with similarly marketable packages and coolers - hopefully without any phase change in the mix.

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