AMD 2nd Gen Threadripper 2990X 32-Core Benchmarks Leak, Ready To Skewer Core i9

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Yesterday, AMD was trolling Intel by offering contest winners of its Core i7-8086K Limited Edition a chance to trade it in for a 16-core/32-thread Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. Today, we're getting an [alleged] early look at the second-generation Ryzen Threadripper -- specifically, the range-topping 2990X SKU.

This processor, which is part of the 12nm Pinnacle Ridge family, has a whopping 32 cores capable of executing a total of 64 threads; "Threadripper" indeed. According to HKEPC, the shipping processor will have a base clock of 3GHz, an all-core max clock of 3.4GHz and Precision Boost that tops out at 4GHz. The processor has a 250W TDP, which will be quite the test for current-generation AMD X399-based motherboards. Other items of note are that the processor will have 3MB of L1 cache, 16MB of L2 cache and 64MB of L3 cache.

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It was initially reported that the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X will be joined by two lesser family members: the 16-core (32-thread) 2950X and the 24-core (48-thread) 2970X. However, it is unknown if both of these low-end chips will be commercially available or if they will launch at the same time as the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X.

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Even with a 250W TDP, there was still overclocking headroom with the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X. HKEPC was able to slap a Corsair H150i Pro water color on the processor and [stably] overclock it to 4.12GHz at 1.38 volts.

The closest thing that Intel has in the pipeline is a 28-core Skylake-X processor, which Intel showed running at a lofty 5GHz during Computex. However, it was later learned that the system was hooked up to an industrial-grade water chiller in order to keep the processor cool. So even if we do see a Core-X HEDT 28-core processor released later this year, there's no guarantee that it will boost to 5GHz out of the box.

Some images, credit: HKEPC.com


Via:  HKEPC
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