AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX13th August, 2018
TypeHigh-End Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X Processor - Cooler Performance and Temperatures
For cooling, I used the Corsair H115i Pro AIO, Deepcool Castle 280 RGB AIO and the Deepcool Fryzen air cooler which are fully compatible with the Ryzen Threadripper processors and TR4 socket. These coolers come with a larger surface area that makes full contact with the huge IHS on the Threadripper chips. This huge contact allows for better heat transfer to help cool the processor effectively.
Following are the results o 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper CPU in thermal benchmarking:
In general, the Ryzen Threadripper processors are based on the 12nm process from Glofo which offers slightly better temperatures and power efficiency numbers compared to Intel's 14nm based offerings. While Intel went with a solderless design, the Ryzen Threadripper chips come with liquid metal thermal paste on each of the four dies that are featured on the chip interposer.
This refined thermal interface offers much better heat transfer than Intel's TIM and the Indium based solder design means that all air gaps are removed and the chip itself is tightly packaged so that the IHS can fully unload the heat from the dies and pass it straight to the cooler itself.
Furthermore, the dies feature gold plating on the back to ensure proper thermal cycling which adds to the thermal qualities of this impressive chip. You can check out the full delidding of Ryzen Threadripper processors by renowned overclocker Der8auer over here.
It is worth noting that while I have been using the Corsair H115i Pro for a while, the DeepCool provided coolers proved to be well worth it for this review. Tailor-made for AMD Threadripper processors, the coolers performed really well given their price points and the following is the full conclusion of both air and liquid CPU coolers.
The core revolution is here and AMD is leading the charge with their monstrous 32 core and 64 thread behemoth, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. Simply put, it crushes and rips through the entire Core-X lineup with a disruptive price tag and performance further refined with 12nm Zen+ cores. This is a premium enthusiast grade and work station ready chip for the performance hungry masses.
- First 32 core and 64 thread high-end desktop processor
- Destroys the competition with an absolutely stellar price per core, price per thread and price to performance value
- Single-Thread performance enhanced with Zen+ Cores
- Incredible Multi-threading performance
- Highly efficient 12nm Design
- Up To 80 MB of Cache on the chip
- Up To 64 PCIe lanes on the chip
- Compatible with all existing X399 motherboards
- Compatible with the faster Spec'd DDR4 memory
- Overclock up to 4-4.2 GHz possible across all 32 cores
- Dedicated Gamer mode and Compute mode for optimized performance
- Highly competitive but very high-price ($1799 US)
- Not all X399 motherboards may allow good OC
- Very High TDP (250W), Requires good cooling solutions
- Very High Power Consumption when overclocked
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