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AMD have released details on the second generation of Ryzen Threadripper

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AMD's latest high-end CPU with the second generation of the Ryzen Threadripper is now properly announced with expected launch dates. AMD say all of these new processors are built on the 12nm "Zen+" core architecture, with support for the existing X399 motherboards although you will probably need a BIOS update.

Here's the specs they sent over:

  • AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2990WX - This is expected to be available around August 13th.
    • 32 cores and 64 threads.
    • 3.0GHz base and 4.2GHz boost.
    • TDP of 250W.
    • Price around $1,799.
  • AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2970WX - Should be available sometime in October.
    • 24 cores and 48 threads.
    • 3.0GHz base and 4.2GHz boost.
    • TDP of 250W.
    • Price around $1,299.
  • AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2950X - Should be available around August 31st.
    • 16 cores and 32 threads.
    • 3.5GHz base and 4.4GHz boost.
    • TDP of 180W.
    • Price around $899.
  • AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2920X - This model should be available in October.
    • 12 cores and 24 threads.
    • 3.5GHz base and 4.3GHz boost.
    • TDP of 180W.
    • Price around $649.

Absolute monsters. I can't imagine many gamers actually needing 32 cores right now! Even so, I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one of these, would be rather nice for rendering videos.

From the press release:

 All 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors support the SocketTR4 platform, sporting sixty-four PCIe® Gen 3.0 lanes, and quad channel DDR4 memory with ECC support. All 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are supported by a full ecosystem of new and existing X399 platforms at launch, with designs already available from top motherboard manufacturers including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. Along with the broad selection of motherboards, the SocketTR4 platform supports a wide range of new and existing cooling solutions, including the new Wraith Ripper air-cooler showcased at Computex 2018. This cooler is now available from CoolerMaster and features compatibility with the SocketTR4 platform and all 1st Gen and 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors. 

Find out more on the AMD site. Press release online here.

Sounds like Phoronix will have benchmarks on Linux up soon, as they were sent by AMD to some tech event in Italy.

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drlamb 6 August 2018 at 2:07 pm UTC
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2990WX Here I come! It'll help me with training for my RHCA/other homelab stuff.

I don't NEED it...but I want it, which means I need it. I think a drug addiction would be cheaper at this point.

Edit: Pre-ordered!


Last edited by drlamb at 6 August 2018 at 2:20 pm UTC
cRaZy-bisCuiT 6 August 2018 at 3:46 pm UTC
drlamb2990WX Here I come! It'll help me with training for my RHCA/other homelab stuff.

I don't NEED it...but I want it, which means I need it. I think a drug addiction would be cheaper at this point.

Edit: Pre-ordered!
Crazy you! (;
razing32 6 August 2018 at 5:08 pm UTC
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2000 for a CPU
Man , some people must be rich
axredneck 6 August 2018 at 7:56 pm UTC
Is this CPU really somehow related to Linux or gaming?
Alm888 6 August 2018 at 8:09 pm UTC
axredneckIs this CPU really somehow related to Linux or gaming?
Of course! You can run Steam™ games on it!
liamdawe 6 August 2018 at 8:29 pm UTC
axredneckIs this CPU really somehow related to Linux or gaming?
As always, I write about things that interest me. It doesn't need to very specifically fit into the category of "simply must be about a Linux game".

We've written about hardware plenty of times before, reviewed a few things too. It's all part of the package.
mirv 6 August 2018 at 8:56 pm UTC
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Newer hardware like this can have an indirect impact on GNU/Linux in general, and from there gaming as well. How well these CPUs run with the kernel (scheduling in particular comes to mind, but shared memory amongst that many cores as well) is of importance.

....plus it's just interesting.
ElectricPrism 6 August 2018 at 9:23 pm UTC
October eh? I have been waiting to go AMD on the CPU, I'm down hopefully they have some Mini ITX motherboards that kickass.
axredneck 6 August 2018 at 10:47 pm UTC
liamdawe...
IMHO bying this CPU for gaming is a bit overkill...
mirv 6 August 2018 at 10:58 pm UTC
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axredneck
liamdawe...
IMHO bying this CPU for gaming is a bit overkill...

Perhaps (ok, more than just perhaps!), but for game development it can look a bit more attractive, especially if enough ram gets given over to it. Then there's a miniature server that can handle some quite intensive tasks, or a "beast" that allows multiple people to run various development tasks on it simultaneously.

Just for myself, I'd want no less than 8 cores, and can easily see some benefit in things I do with 16 cores. One day....one day....
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