AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX Processor 6GHz overclocked (32 cores) Review

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AMD has unleashed its Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX onto the world, and within the palms of 1 intrepid overclocker this mighty processor has been pushed to a brand new report with a lift to a hair’s breadth away from 6GHz throughout all of its 32 cores.

Since they have been introduced earlier this 12 months, everybody’s consideration has been fastened firmly on the 32-core/64-thread 2nd Gen Threadripper half, now often known as the 2990WX, coming in at $1800. There shall be two fashions within the WX sequence and for these questioning the ‘W’ signifies that it is a workstation sequence and the ‘X’ the standard xtreme nonsense we suppose. Together with the 2990WX there may even be a 24-core/48-thread mannequin often known as the 2970WX, although that mannequin received’t be accessible till October.

As was the case with the 2nd Gen Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 fashions, these new Threadripper components characteristic decreased cache and DRAM latency with help for barely sooner reminiscence. So they’re based mostly on the Zen+ structure which makes use of the 12PL course of from GlobalFoundries.

What’s Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX?

If you happen to’re questioning simply how AMD went from an 8-core Ryzen 7 1800X to a 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X to a 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX within the house of 16 months, whereas it took Intel three years simply to go from a 6-core Core i7 to a 10-core Core i7, the magic is within the design.

The unique 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X joined two 8-core chips collectively. With the 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX AMD joins 4 8-core chips collectively.| On Threadripper, that primarily implies that of the 4 dies within the 2990WX, two are pure compute-only dies, with out direct entry to reminiscence and to PCIe. These two compute dies should discuss by means of an I/O die that has PCIe and entry to the reminiscence. This design means an I/O die with reminiscence entry has 64ns of latency to reminiscence, whereas a compute-only die has a latency of 105ns.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX Overclocked To six GHz Throughout All 32 Cores With LN2 Cooling

Indonesian overclocker, Ivan Cupa, achieved a clock frequency of 5955.4 MHz throughout all 32 cores and 64 threads that the 2990WX has to supply. The feat was achieved on an MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard together with a Corsair 1500W energy provide and tons of liquid nitrogen to maintain temps below management. A CPU voltage of 1.45V was reported throughout the Ryzen Grasp utility however we aren’t positive if that’s appropriate since CPU-Z and Ryzen Grasp utility are reporting totally different numbers.

The most important of those limitations being that there are nonetheless simply 4 reminiscence controllers. Though there are two extra Zeppelin dies, the extra two dies are compute dies, in AMD’s phrases. This implies they haven’t any native PCIe or DRAM entry, for that they need to journey through the Infinity Material to the IO dies. As there are twice as many dies, the Infinity Material bandwidth can also be halved, so now the throughput between dies is simply 25GBps, assuming you’re utilizing DDR4-3200 reminiscence.

With the 2nd gen Threadripper, there was a lot hand-wringing that the CPUs may not work with the prevailing X399 motherboards. AMD has mentioned each single X399 board accessible at the moment will work when you’ve up to date the UEFI/BIOS to help the newer chip. All the X399 motherboards help “BIOS Again” options, which allow you to replace a board’s BIOS through USB with out requiring an older CPU.


AMD 2nd Technology Ryzen Threadripper Efficiency Benchmarks Detailed – 2990WX Crushes The i9-7980XE, 2950X Blazes Previous The i9-7900X For Much less Than Intel’s Choices

Within the new slides, we get some extra info concerning the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors. To begin with, we get a transparent intention of this high-performance, excessive core-count processor. Whereas AMD’s ‘X’ sequence Threadripper chips are mentioned to be aimed toward fanatic and high-end gaming techniques, they’re nonetheless very able to workstation and developer-grade content material creation system environments. All 16, 24, 32 core fashions are designed for complicated workflows which embrace a variety of various duties reminiscent of Media Enhancing, Visible Results, Modeling, Rigging, Animation, Information Science, Code Compiling and Machine Studying/Rendering

Encoding Efficiency

When encoding with Adobe Premiere we discover a comparable scenario, the 2990WX took 35% longer to finish the workload when in comparison with the 2950X. The nice right here although is that the 2950X was 7% faster than the 1950X and that made it simply 7% slower than the Core i9-7960X. So a reasonably nice end result for the 2950X and an disastrous end result for the 2990WX.

Thermals and enhance efficiency

The highest-end 32-core Threadripper 2990WX has a rated Thermal Design Energy (TDP) of 250 watts, which is the utmost warmth it can dissipate earlier than hitting a wall. The 2990WX additionally has a complete socket energy of 250 watts, which it’ll hit a couple of milliseconds after doing any heavy multi-threaded masses. What this implies is that you have to maintain the CPU properly fed with energy and usually fairly cool.