2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor
AMD says its 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is the world's most powerful desktop processor

AMD this week announced the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor, which the company claims is the “world’s most powerful desktop processor”

The new Threadripper 2990WX is built with 12nm “Zen+” x86 processor architecture. Additionally, the 2nd gen 2990WX is said to deliver 53% “greater performance than the competition’s flagship model.” And it comes packed with 32 cores and 64 threads — the most threads on any desktop processor.


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“We created Ryzen Threadripper processors because we saw an opportunity to deliver unheard-of levels of multithreaded computing for the demanding needs of creators, gamers, and PC enthusiasts in the HEDT market,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD. “With the 2nd Gen processor family we took that challenge to a whole new level — delivering the biggest, most powerful desktop processor the world has ever seen.”

Power and Performance

With 32 cores and 64 threads (24 cores and 48 threads on the Threadripper 2970WX), the gen 2 2990WX:

  • Delivers up to 53% faster multi-thread performance than the Core i9-7980XE
  • Offers up to 47% more rendering performance for creators than the Core i9-7980XE

AMD says its enhanced the series with a higher base and boost clocks for smoother performance in higher demand workflows. For instance, the 16-core/32-thread 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X reportedly delivers up to 41% more multi-threaded performance than the Core i9-7900X.

Ryzen Threadripper models' specs
Ryzen Threadripper models’ specs

Added Features

All X399 platform customers will now have free access to AMD StoreMI Technology. This allows them to load files, games and apps from a high-capacity drive at “SSD-like read speeds” according to AMD.

AMD has also added new features like core detection both on die and per-CCX, as well as advanced hardware controls, one-click workload optimizations, and a new performance-enhancing feature called Precision Boost Overdrive that allows multi-threaded boost limits to be raised by tapping into extra power delivery headroom in premium motherboards.


Every existing X399 platform — after a BIOS update — will support every 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU. There will also be a “full ecosystem of exciting new motherboards” that will support the new CPUs, according to AMD.

2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

Pricing and Availability

The 32-core, 64-thread Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is available now for $1,799. The 16-core, 32-thread 2950X processes will launch August 31 and cost $1,299. The 2970WX and 2920X models are launching October 2018 for $899 and $649 dollars, respectively.

For more information, head to AMD.com. Also, AMD has just announced a new graphics card that’s under $1,000. The card delivers up to 512 GB/s memory bandwidth and has “incredibly fast cutting-edge” HBM2 memory.


  1. Computing power can be misleading. 32 cores can be good in a server environment but few video editing apps have the parallelism (ability to perform several tasks in parallel over multiple processors) to make use of so many cores. Too many cores can actually decrease app performance. Per core speed is usually more important than number of cores. Silicon CPU technology hit the wall many years ago at 4-5Ghz and is unlikely to exceed that speed until we find a silicon replacement. Puget Systems have some excellent benchmarks here using Premiere Pro.
    Here you will see little difference between the 8 core Intel and the 16 core Ryzen in Average CPU Performance – except the price.
    Here you see little difference between the Intel consumer 6 core i7-8700K and 8 core Ryzens as well as the 8 core Intel and only a small percentage improvement in the 14 core Intel at 4X the price.
    The new 8 core Intel consumer i7-9900K due in Oct may outperform the new 16 core Ryzen if it reaches the promised 5Ghz clock speed.
    Be careful of “world’s most powerful desktop processor” hype – you may be disappointed.

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