In April 2018 AMD launched its Ryzen 2nd Generation processors, and completely blew the first generation out of the water in terms of performance. It now appears that AMD plans to do the same thing with Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation to produce the very best high-end desktop processors you can buy in 2018.
Just like the move from Ryzen to Ryzen 2nd Generation, we’ve seen a huge leap in performance with Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation. From better power management to higher clock speeds, plus the addition of massively inflated core-counts.
Although AMD has made its official announcement and opened up pre-orders, there is still plenty to be revealed. So, be sure to keep this page bookmarked – we’ll keep it updated with any Ryzen Threadripper Generation 2 news that comes our way.
Cut to the Chase
- What is it? AMD’s next generation of high-end desktop CPUs
- When is it out? August 13
- What will it cost? $649 (about £500, AU$880) for the 2920X – $1799 (about £1,380, AU$2,430) for the 2990WX
Ryzen Threadripper Generation 2 release date
Since Computex 2018, we’ve known that Ryzen Threadripper Generation 2 CPUs would be released sometime in the second half of 2018. Following the official announcement, we now know the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX will be the first to be release on August 13.
The Ryzen Threadripper 2950X will then release on August 31. Meanwhile, AMD has announced the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X will release sometime in October 2018.
Ryzen Threadripper Generation 2 price
Ryzen Threadripper proved to be a much more affordable line of high-end desktop processors than Intel Skylake-X, and it appears these 2nd Generation chips will continue the trend.
Here’s the pricing of the AMD Threadripper Generation 2:
- Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX: $1799 (about £1,380, AU$2,430)
- Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX: $1,299 (about £1,000, AU$1,755)
- Ryzen Threadripper 2950X: $899 (about £690, AU$1,210)
- Ryzen Threadripper 2920X: $649 (about £500, AU$880)
Although Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation introduces two higher-end SKUs to the series, AMD’s new HEDT chips (processors for high-end desktop computers) are actually more affordable than the ones they’ve replaced.
Ryzen Threadripper Generation 2 specs
Thanks to moving to the same Zen+ 12nm architecture used in the recent Ryzen 2nd Generation processors, Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation gains better power management, higher clock speeds and most notably a huge increase in possible core counts.
Here’s a quick spec breakdown of the current Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation lineup:
- Ryzen Threadripper 2920X: 12-cores, 24-threads, clocked at 3.5GHz to 4.3GHz
- Ryzen Threadripper 2950X: 16-cores, 32-threads, clocked at 3.5GHz to 4.4GHz
- Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX: 24-cores, 48-threads, clocked at 3.0GHz to 4.2GHz
- Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX: 32-cores, 64-threads, clocked at 3.0GHz to 4.2GHz
Of course, the highlight of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation lineup has to be the 32-core and 64-thread 2990WX. What’s more impressive is that the CPU is apparently capable of running up to 4.2GHz – a noticeable upgrade over the 1950X top speed of 4.0GHz with half as many cores and threads.
Some may point out that the 28-core processor that Intel showed off at Computex hit 5GHz, but we’re still not 100% sure of the particulars (i.e. cooling setup) surrounding that demo and Intel later clarified it achieved that speed with overclocking.
You may have also spotted the WX suffix at tail end of AMD’s two top-end HEDT processors, and this is to signify a new series of consumer workstation-grade processor meant for creators and innovators. AMD is specifically targeting these two CPUs at creators and innovators such as video editors, those in design and general media creators.
Meanwhile, the X-series Threadripper 2nd Generation processors, the 2920X and 2950X, cater towards streaming gamers who need that extra processing power to drive 4K livestreaming as they game. Once again AMD flexes the strength of its 12nm architecture, by giving us an 2950X that’s 0.3-0.5Ghz faster than the 1950X it replaces, and we haven’t even gotten to overclocking yet.
Luckily, AMD is also sticking to the same TR4 Socket, so anyone looking to upgrade once Threadripper Generation 2 drops shouldn’t have to worry about buying a new board. However, unlike the Ryzen 2nd Generation jump to an X470 chipset, AMD isn’t introducing a new chipset to replace the existing X299 platform – at least in name anyway.
Instead, users will find a few new Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation-ready X299 motherboards designed with improved overclocking performance and power consumption. Thankfully, though, older motherboards are compatible after installing the latest BIOS, and it won’t require you to boot them with an original Ryzen Threadripper CPU or UEFI Boot Kits.
AMD completely shattered our expectations – but keep coming back to this page as there is plenty more Ryzen Threadipper 2nd Generation information we can’t tell you just yet.
The $899 (about £690, AU$1,210) Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is notably $100 cheaper than the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X that initially launched with a $999 (£845, AU$1,359) price tag. Likewise, the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X runs for $649 (about £500, AU$880) and is also more affordable than its predecessor, the $799 (£689, AU$1,069) Ryzen Threadripper 1920X.
At the top-end of the series, the $1799 (about £1,380, AU$2,430) Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX remains more affordable than Intel’s flagship $1,999 (about £1540, AU$2,700) Core i9-7980XE.