AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X review

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X

You've probably recovered from reading the 24 and 32-core reviews, right? Well, we need to move on as we take a significant step back in cores. Meet the Threadripper 2920X - a 12 core processor with 24 threads dialing in at a price of 649 USD. Yeah, it might be a mighty compelling product. AMD is back at it again in their Core wars as they release the Threadripper Gen2 based 2920X with a base clock of 3.5 GHz and Turbo to 4.3 GHz, this is a seriously threading processor reaching very decent clokc frequencies. You know my saying; eight is fine, sixteen is sweet and now there is something in between the two as well. Twenty four threads are something staggering and could be very handy in the more demanding and extensive workloads. AMD did well with the Gen2 Threadripper release, thanks to the Pinnacle Ridge ZEN+ dies, on some threads, this puppy will replace the 1920X and now manages a cool 4.3 GHz. I'll immediately say though, that is an XFR2 frequency for a couple of threads, also mandatory cooling is required, but any LCS kit will do just fine. Yes, my friends, Ryzen processors have been refreshed, now the turn goes to AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors receiving that Pinnacle Ridge upgrade. In this review, we check out the all-new 12-core / 24 thread update, the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X. 

X and WX - So you will have noticed it, two out of the four newly announced Threadripper Generation 2 processors carry a WX suffix. WX is used in AMD's PRO series product line. Basically, anything up to 16 cores will carry the X suffix, with the 24 and 32-core versions having that WX suffix for designers and creators. Realistically though, if you think a 24 or 32-core processor is a proper gaming CPU, think again and get yourself a six-core proc. That many cores are for pure bragging rights or more professional workloads like virtualization, raytracing rendering and video editing and rendering. Nonetheless, the new SKUs are injected into the consumer domain. Based on 12nm ZEN+ Pinnacle Ridge dies, there will be four new generation 2 SKUs, up-to 16 cores for the 2920X (12c/24t) and 2950X (16c/32t). The new WX series, yes, 24 cores and 48 threads for the 2970X and then that beast, the 32-core 2990WX processor with its staggering 64 threads, which is unprecedented in the SOHO and consumer class. Let me quickly add that a drop in compatibility is confirmed, existing X399 motherboards will work with a BIOS firmware update.

  • Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
    This is a 12-core part with 24 threads. The maximum turbo frequency will be 4.3 GHz, and it has a base frequency of 3.5 GHz. This processor is to be priced at 649 USD. This processor under full stress has a 180 Watt TDP.
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
    The second gen 16-core part with 32 threads will run a turbo frequency of 4.4 GHz(!) with a base clock of 3.5 GHz, this will go for 899 USD. This processor under full stress has a 180 Watt TDP.
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
    Advancing in cores we now reach a 24-core part with 48 threads. Here the maximum turbo frequency will be 4.2 GHz with a base clock of 3.0 GHz, this is a 1299 USD SKU. This processor under full stress has a 250 Watt TDP.
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
    You have reached your final destination - the 2990WX has no less than 32 cores and 64 threads. The proc has a 4.2 GHz turbo allowance and runs a 3.0 GHz base clock. This massive manycore product will be sold for 799 USD, which is 56 USD per core. This processor under full stress has a 250 Watt TDP.

For Threadripper 2 AMD did some gauntlet sorting of the dies, Threadripper 2 uses (binned) the best top 5% dies. In combination with Precision Boost and proper cooling, you will achieve such clock frequencies, in a very linear and graceful model governed by core temp, VRM current. In our Ryzen 2000 reviews, we already talked about XFR2. New for Threadripper Gen2 is that it is available now on all CPU cores, rewarding you guys with up-to 15% more boost performance (at 32 Degrees C). Better cooled systems will offer better performance. With water cooling, you are going to see a 16% higher frequency. So there is some leeway in that turbo frequency. 

It's now a year after the original Threadripper release. Everybody expected a ZEN+ upgrade, few however expected the new 24 and 32-core versions, amusing stuff really. All processors are SMT, thus ‘hyper-threaded’ to 24, 32, 48 or 64 threads. The advantage for this processor series is that you can house it on the existing X399 platform with its 64-PCIe lanes and quad-channel DDR4 compatibility. Keep in mind that with the ASUS Zenith you will need to purchase a new optional VRM cooling kit if you plan to overclock. The rest of the existing motherboards would be fine. Threadripper generation 2 processors are once again fully unlocked and seat themselves onto the Socket TR4 on an X399 motherboard of your choice. All these processors Turbo over 4.2 GHz and all of them have that extended XFR2 range of ~200 MHz, (when properly cooled). Some models can even reach 4400 MHz on up-to four cores. With Threadripper 2 comes some benefits as, combined with that Socket TR4 (4094 pins) X399 motherboard platform, you will be able to run your memory in a quad-channel memory configuration. Next, to that, you will gain a whopping 64 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3.0. Eager to see some numbers?! Well, we got some! Let's start up the review, shall we?


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