From the beginning, the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processor was designed for the world’s fastest and most premium desktop systems. But it also started small: a small skunkworks team of enthusiasts at AMD believed that the users of such systems needed and wanted more than an 8-core AMD Ryzen CPU. The rest is legend. The pace of progress for AMD—and the overall HEDT market—since that little idea has been breathtaking.

 

Where 10 cores once cost $1723 USD (Core i7-6950X), the 1st Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU delivered 16 cores at half the cost (a 2.5X price/perf leap in one generation).1 Threadripper also delivered the world’s first 16-core desktop CPU, and we challenged our competitor to step it up. Where PCIe® lanes once pointlessly varied with the CPU in the socket, Threadripper made an always-on 64 lanes table stakes. All of that fed into phenomenal acclaim: Ryzen and Threadripper collected 550+ industry awards and accolades in 2017.

 

This momentum served as an exemplary backdrop for the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs we unveiled in August of 2018. Since that time, the initial Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and 2990WX models have secured more than 50 glowing awards in their own right. But we’re not finished! Today we’re unveiling two more 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper models to make the beastly AMD X399 Platform even more accessible to users:

 

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX (24 cores)
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X (12 cores)

 

Threadripper X Series Processors

The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X is the crucial “missing link” for customers who create by day and game by night. With 12 cores and 24 threads, plus new technologies like Precision Boost 2 and AMD StoreMI technology, Threadripper X Series CPUs like the 2920X can game and stream like other processors only dream of.2 And when it’s time to make something beautiful, the 2920X just blows past its competitor in 3D rendering (up to 38% faster) and video encoding (up to 31% faster).3

 

Threadripper WX Series Processors

Some people just want to double down on their content creation performance to tear through their work as quickly as state-of-the-art technology will allow. Time is money, after all. Those people are Threadripper WX Series people. Whether it’s 3D rendering, media encoding, or cinema mastering, the new 24-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX is a specialized weapon that’s double-digits faster than the competition in tasks like Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve™, Autodesk Maya® 2018, and Chaos Group V-Ray™.4 Plus, the Ryzen Threadripper WX Series Processors now offer the performance-enhancing Dynamic Local Mode feature!

 

Together, the 2018 Ryzen Threadripper X and WX Series CPUs set the standard for performance, flexibility, features, and value for gamers and creators shopping in the HEDT market. And lest I forget: they’re drop-in compatible with any AMD X399 motherboard, tapping into an awesome ecosystem of great hardware. That’s HEDT done right!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

Transistor Count~9.6 Billion~19.2 Billion
Topology6 Cores ea. in Dies 0,16 Cores ea. in Dies 0,1,2,3
TDP180W250W
Precision Boost Overdrive (OC)5AvailableAvailable
Precision Boost 2EnabledEnabled
PCIe Gen3 Lanes64 (4x reserved for chipset)64 (4x reserved for chipset)
Memory ChannelsQuadQuad
L3 Cache16MB Per Die (32MB Total)16MB Per Die (64MB Total)
L2 Cache512K Per Core (6MB Total)512K Per Core (12MB Total)
Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2)EnabledEnabled
Die Size(s)2x 213mm24x 213mm2
Core Count12 Cores, 24 Threads24 Cores, 48 Threads
Boost Frequency4.3GHz4.2GHz
Base Frequency3.5GHz3.0GHz
AMD Suggested Online Price$649 USD$1299 USD

 

Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

FOOTNOTES:

1. Testing by AMD performance labs as of June 27, 2018. Performance per dollar evaluated by dividing the Cinebench R15 nT multithread score by the $USD SEP of the processor. I7-6950X: 2061/$1723 = 1.2 per $ (100% baseline). 1950X: 3042/$999 =  3.0 per $ (150% or 2.5X faster). Intel pricing via ark.intel.com as of 7/24/2018. Intel results obtained from official Cinebench R15 benchmark database on 7/24/2018, results not verified by AMD: https://us.rebusfarm.net/en/tempbench?view=benchmark / https://us.rebusfarm.net/images/benchmarks/1466540143_438.jpg. AMD System Configuration: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, Asus ROG Zenith X399, 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Samsung 960 EVO SSD, Windows 10 x64 RS3. Results may vary with system configuration and drivers. RPM-24

2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 10/4/2018. Application(s) used: Overwatch (4K resolution with High IQ Preset), OBS Video Encoding (40,000Kbps CBR, Faster CPU Usage, High Profile, 3840x2160, Lanczos resize). Results presented in order of Intel vs. AMD (% difference). Overwatch: 91 FPS vs. 76 FPS (19% slower); OBS Encoding Frame Drop Rate: 0% vs. 66%. System configuration(s): ASUS ROG Zenith X399 Extreme + AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X vs. ASUS PRIME X299-Deluxe + Core i7-7820X, 4x8GB DDR4-3200C14, Corsair H100 v2 Cooler, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Samsung 850 PRO SSD, Windows® 10 x64 Pro (RS4), Results may vary with system config and drivers. RP-33

3. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 10/4/2018. Application(s) used: POV-Ray 3.7 nT (“raytracing”), TrueCrypt 7.1a (“encryption”), 7-Zip 18.01 (“file compression”), Blender Benchmark 1.0beta (3D rendering), HandBrake 1.0.7 (“video encoding”). Scores presented in order of Intel v. AMD (%diff). POV-Ray: 3717 v. 5146 (38.4% faster); TrueCrypt: 10GBps vs. 6 GBps (60% faster); 7-Zip: 49669 MIPS vs. 68924 MIPS (39% faster); Blender: 3798 seconds vs. 2824 seconds (25% faster); Handbrake: 501 seconds vs. 381 seconds (31% faster). System configuration(s): ASUS ROG Zenith X399 Extreme + AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X vs. ASUS PRIME X299-Deluxe + Core i7-7820X, 4x8GB DDR4-3200C14, Corsair H100 v2 Cooler, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Samsung 850 PRO SSD, Windows® 10 x64 Pro (RS4), Results may vary with system config and drivers. RP2-31

4. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 10/4/2018. Application(s) used: POV-Ray 3.7 nT, Corona 1.3, V-Ray 1.0.8, DaVinci Resolve 15, Maya 2018. Scores presented in order of Intel v. AMD (%diff). POV-Ray: 6370 v. 8429 (32% faster); Corona: 60 seconds vs. 50 seconds (21% faster); V-Ray: 39 seconds vs. 31 seconds (26% faster); DaVinci Resolve: 114 seconds vs. 89 seconds (22% faster); Maya: 157 seconds vs. 135 seconds (14% faster). System configuration(s): ASUS ROG Zenith X399 Extreme + AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX vs. ASUS PRIME X299-Deluxe + Core i9-7960X, 4x8GB DDR4-3200C14, Corsair H100 v2 Cooler, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Samsung 850 PRO SSD, Windows® 10 x64 Pro (RS4), Results may vary with system config and drivers. RP2-35

5. Precision Boost Overdrive requires a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper processor with AMD X399 chipset motherboard. Because Precision Boost Overdrive enables operation of the processor outside of specifications and in excess of factory settings, use of the feature invalidates the AMD product warranty and may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. GD-128