Both Intel and AMD had announced their next generation HEDT processors during the events in Computex 2018. Now, more information about the upcoming 32-core Threadripper CPU has been revealed, which is expected to arrive in Q3 2018.
HKEPC, a well-established Hong Kong tech website, had got some exclusive details about the new Threadripper CPU. The processor will be named the “Ryzen Threadripper 2990X”. As we expected before, the 2990X will be using the improved Zen+ micro-architecture and manufactured by GlobalFoundries’s 12 nm process. The CPU will be B2 stepping, with 32 cores and 64 threads. It will be equipped with 3 MB of L1, 16 MB of L2 and 64 MB of L3 cache. The default TDP is 250W (180W for the 1950X).
For clock speed, the Threadripper 2990X will have a base clock of 3.0 GHz and a boost clock of 3.4 GHz or up to 4.0 GHz with Precision Boost on all cores. Because of the XFR 2 support, the CPU core can be clocked higher at 4.2 GHz for single-threaded workload. It seems AMD can still maintain the same if not better frequency as the 1950X for the 2990X, even the core count has been doubled to 32.
According to HKEPC, the Threadripper 2990X managed to overclock to 4.12 GHz on all 32 cores, using a Corsair H150i PRO all-in-one liquid cooler. The CPU voltage was set to 1.38 V. The overclocked 2990X was able to complete the Cinebench R15 test and achieved an impressive score of up to 6399.
For reference, Intel’s 28-core processor can score 7334 at 5 GHz, but at this clock speed, the CPU is cooled by a refrigerated liquid cooling loop, that is both impractical for average users and consumes a whopping amount of electricity.
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