AMD's 32-Core 2nd Gen Threadripper 2990X Monster CPU Rumored For August 13th Launch

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AMD made a huge splash in the HEDT market last year with the release of the Ryzen Threadripper family of processors. Available with up to 16 cores (32 threads), Ryzen Threadripper proved to be a fierce competitor to Intel's Core-X family of processors while offering incredible value. AMD announced the second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors at Computex and the latest rumor is that the new family of chips will officially launch next month.

According to a new report, there will be two SKUs available at launch: the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X (32 cores, 64 threads) and the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X (24 cores, 48 threads). Both of the chips will be available on August 13th according to the report. 

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Both processors are based on AMD's new 12nm Pinnacle Ridge architecture and are compatible with existing X399-based motherboards. Early benchmarks of the chips show that they will be performance monsters upon release, which will be a boon to video editors everywhere.

The Ryzen Threadripper 2990X processor in particular is expected to have a base clock of 3GHz, an all-core max clock of 3.4GHz and a Precision Boost clock of 4GHz. It is also said to have 3MB L1 cache, 16MB of L2 cache, 64MB of L3 cache and a 250W TDP.

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Although we can't be sure if the listing was completely accurate, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X showed up online for preorder late last month priced at 1,509 Euros (~ $1,755) at a German retailer. That pricing undercuts Intel's current generation Core i9-7980XE (18 cores/36 threads), which is priced at $1,999 and would likely undercut the 28-core beast that Intel is planning to launch later this year.

AMD's current generation Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (16 cores/32 threads) has an MSRP of $999 and was most recently available for as low as $719.