AMD's Second-Gen Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 16-Core, 32-Thread Monster CPU Now Available

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Just over two weeks ago, HotHardware brought you reviews of both the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and its more sedate sibling, the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X. The Threadripper 2950X is built on AMD's 12nm Pinnacle Ridge architecture and is in essence the replacement for the first-generation Threadripper 1950X.

Now, we can report that the Threadripper 2950X is available to purchase from a variety of retailers including Amazon and Newegg. The chip has an MSRP of $899.99, and for now, both aforementioned retailers are sticking to that price. 

The Threadripper 2950X features 16 cores capable of executing a total of 32 threads. It has 32MB of L3 cache, supports 60 PCIe lanes, and has base/turbo frequencies of 3.5GHz and 4.4GHz respectively. The Threadripper 2950X also gets a memory spec boost compared to its predecessor, moving from quad-channel DDR4-2667 to quad-channel DDR4-2933. Finally, the processor has a TDP of 180W, which is identical to the Threadripper 1950X.

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When it comes to performance, we found the Threadripper 2950X delivers across-the-board performance improvements compared to its predecessor. It impressed with excellent single- and multi-core performance and has an MSRP that is $100 less than what the Threadripper 1950X launched at over a year ago.

If $899 is too rich for your blood, AMD has lowered priced for its first-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors, including the 16-core Threadripper 1950X, which is priced at $713.49 at Amazon (versus a new MSRP of $799). The 8-core Threadripper 1900X is now a relative bargain, priced at $319.99 at Amazon.