AMD isn’t letting Intel beat its HEDT processors and it has given its rival the definite answer with the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X processors.
The Ryzen Threadripper WX series offers class-leading core counts and is built for prosumers focused on raw computational power, while the Ryzen Threadripper X series offers enthusiasts, gamers and streamers the ultimate gaming power with higher base and boost clock speeds than the previous generation.
In terms of speed improvements, AMD claims that the 24C/48T Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 12C/24T Ryzen Threadripper 2920X processors have 39% and 55% faster multi-threaded performance compared to the Core i9-7960X and Core i7-7820X respectively. For hard core streamers, the 2920X is able to encode 4K30 streams at 40,000Kbps, so that’s a pretty darn future proof chip if you are intending to stream that high resolution gameplay.
Furthermore, AMD notes that users should expect up to 32% faster performance in ray-tracing and 60% faster encryption for creators for both processors as compared to the Core i9-7960X and Core i7-7820X.
Also new to the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper WX processors is a feature called Dynamic Local Mode software, which optimizes application performance by ensuring the most demanding threads always receive preferential time on cores with local memory, it is automatically configured when users download the AMD Ryzen Master software. Dynamic Local Mode results in an average 15% additional performance for Ryzen Threadripper WX Series CPUs in select applications, including games like PUBG, Far Cry 5 and Alien: Isolation.
All new Ryzen Threadripper processors will support existing X399 platforms with a BIOS update. The Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition systems will also now be offered with the new 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 2920X processors.
The 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are available starting today from global retailers with the following suggested retail prices:
- Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX (32C/64T) – $1799
- Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX (24C/48T) – $1299
- Ryzen Threadripper 2950X (16C/32T) – $899
- Ryzen Threadripper 2920X (12C/24T) – $649