The Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX has been made available for pre-order from around 80 world-wide retailers. AMD’s second-generation unit boasts the highest benchmark score of any single-socket desktop processor and goes on general sale from August 13.
The 2990WX features a 32-core, 64-thread processor and is intended for professional content creators and developers, not to mention solo miners looking for a more affordable alternative to expensive crypto mining hardware like ASICs and GPU miners.
AMD’s new line comprises four new processors, all of which are built with 12nm ‘Zen+’ architecture. As well as the 2990WX, AMD is also launching the Threadripper™ 2970X, 2950X and 2920X models – these are slated for release from late August onward.
The Threadripper 2990WX represents the high-water mark for this particular line of AMD processor – it recently broke the Cinebench R15 Multi-Threaded CPU benchmark world record by attaining a score of 7618 points, easily beating the previous mark of 5828 points held by the Intel Core i9-7980XE.
Ahead of the launch, senior Vice President and General Manager, Jim Anderson explained the company’s expectations for its new processors:
“Our goal with 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors was to push the performance boundaries even further and continue innovating at the bleeding edge. Beginning on August 13, creators, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere will get to experience the benefits of these new products.”
The 2990WX was put through its paces last month before an audience of industry professionals as well as a large press contingent. An overclocking team succeeded in pushing the second gen processor to over 5.1GHz on liquid nitrogen. The same levels of performance will also be available to regular users, thanks to the free Ryzen Software utility which includes numerous overclocking settings.
Read AMD’s press release for more about Ryzen’s Second Generation Threadripper Processor: