AMD has unveiled its latest powerhouse Threadripper 2 CPUs, loading the top specced chip with an astounding 32 cores and 64 threads, making it an on paper perfect choice for creative professionals.
Threadripper 2 was unveiled at Computex in Taipei at AMD’s press keynote. The CPU uses the same 12nm Zen+ architecture as AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 2600 CPUs, which launched earlier this year.
Zen+ is an upgraded 12nm nanometre (nm) FinFET manufacturing process that’s a step up on the previous gen’s 14nm process. It offers a variety of improvements on last year’s chips. These includes improved power infrastructure for higher clock speeds across the board.
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AMD Threadripper 2 specs
AMD Threadripper 2 will be available in various configurations. The top specced Threadripper CPU will feature double the number of cores and threads to last year’s Threadripper 1950X. This means it’ll have an astounding 32 cores and 64 threads.
AMD didn’t reveal any formal benchmarks but claims it means the new Threadripper CPUs are significantly faster running creative workloads, like rendering graphics in Blender, than Intel’s top Core i9 CPU.
The increased number of cores and threads lend some credence to this claim and mean the Threadripper 2 CPUs should continue to be the better choice for people who regularly run creative processes such as 3D modelling and video editing – although we can’t confirm this until we’ve had a chance to thoroughly benchmark the CPUs.
I also can’t sensibly comment on how big an upgrade it is until AMD reveals Threadripper’s clock speeds. Past Ryzen CPUs have offered better multi-threading than their Intel rivals, but due to lower clock speeds haven’t been able to match them on gaming performance.
Even if AMD wins now, everything could change later in the year if the rumours about Intel’s “Canon Lake” CPUs turn out to be true.
AMD Threadripper 2 release date
The new Threadripper CPUs will launch in Q3 this year.
AMD Threadripper 2 price
There’s no word on how much the new CPUs will cost, though if last year’s Threadrippers are anything to go on, they won’t be cheap. You can see a breakdown of how much the original Threadripper CPUs cost below.
- Threadripper 1950X: 16-core, 32-thread | 3.4GHz base, 4.0GHz boost – $999
- Threadripper 1920X: 12-core, 24-thread | 3.5GHz base, 4.0GHz boost – $799
- Threadripper 1900X: 8-core, 16-thread | 3.8GHz base, 4.0GHz boost – $549
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