AMD 2nd gen Ryzen chips now available worldwide

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AMD has officially revealed its 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are now available to pre-order from retailers and systems integrators, shipping from 13th August.

The company's Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper will be available in four different flavours, offering different core and thread configurations, each suited to different applications and launching between August and October.

The top-of-the-range 2990WX features 32 cores/64 threads with a 4.2GHz boost and 3.0GHz base. It runs with 64MB L3 cache and will cost $1,799. This will be the first processor to launch on August 13th. The 2970WX offers 24 cores and 48 threads with the same boost/base frequency as the 2990WX and costing $1,299, although it won't launch until October.

These high-end processors are aimed at "creators and innovators" such as those working in video production and other high-intensity industries, while the X series is for use in gaming and enthusiast machines. All four have been built using the 12-nanometer "Zen+" core architecture and beat every other high-performance processor in Cinebench R15 multi-threaded CPU tests.

The 2950X is cheaper still at $899, with 16 cores/32 threads, 4.4GHz boost and 3.5GHz base, with 32MB of L3 cache. It runs on 180W compared to the two higher-end models at 250W. It will launch at the end of August. The lowest-end AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor - the 2920X - offers 12 cores and 24 threads. It too uses 32MB of L3 cache and will cost $649 when it launches in October.

“We created a new standard for the HEDT market when we launched our first Ryzen Threadripper processors a year ago, delivering a ground-breaking level of computing power for the world’s most demanding PC users,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Computing and Graphics Business Group.

“Our goal with 2 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.”

Clare Hopping
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