There are several questions surrounding AMD's upcoming second-generation Ryzen Threadripper launch, all of which will be answered when the chips finally launch. In the meantime, the latest round of leaks and rumors may have already spilled the beans on some key details, including model names, specs, pricing, and the difference between the "X" and "WX" suffixes.
If this latest leak is true, there will indeed be X and WX variants of Threadripper. There has speculation that the WX versions might be aimed at workstations, hence the W in the model name, and/or require water cooling due to keep all those cores cool. Either or both of those scenarios are still in play, though it is said AMD will market WX to "creators and innovators," and just plain X chips to "enthusiasts and gamers."
According to a leak story at Videocardz, there will be two WX processors. At the very top there is the Threadripper 2990WX. That will be AMD's 32-core/64-thread beast that it has been teasing since Computex. It is said to have a 3GHz base clock and 4.2GHz boost clock, with a 250W TDP. Pricing is set at $1,799.
One rung down on the high-end desktop (HEDT) ladder is the Threadripper 2970WX, the only other WX chip. It will be a 24-core/48-thread CPU with the same clockspeeds and TDP as the 2990WX, priced at $1,299.
From there, AMD will launch the following SKUs for enthusiasts and gamers:
- Threadripper 2950X: 16 cores / 32 threads, 3.5GHz to 4.4GHz, 180W, $899
- Threadripper 2920X: 12 cores / 24 threads, 3.5GHz to 4.3GHz, 180W, $649
All of the second-gen Threadripper parts are obviously more expensive than the first-gen parts, and of course AMD's regular Ryzen lineup. The pricing premium reflects the added cores and threads that users can throw at heavily threaded workloads.
The star of the show could end up being the Threadripper 2920X. That works out to around $54 per core, or $27 per thread. And if the past is any indication, the launch MSRPs will not stick around for long, giving way to sales and price cuts to boost the value proposition of these HEDT chips.