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The re­lease of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper plat­form in 2017 well and truly changed the high end desk­top CPU mar­ket. Just a few years ago, 6 and 8 core CPUs were con­sid­ered

ag­ship of­fer­ings. Threadripper changed all that. Last year’s stun­ningly pow­er­ful 1950X rede ned what the high end desk­top was ca­pa­ble of. A full 16 cores meant con­tent creators, multi-taskers, power users and pro­fes­sion­als alike had ac­cess to op­tions that de­stroyed any­thing out­side of the ul­tra-ex­pen­sive en­ter­prise realm.

Threadripper 2nd Gen brings op­tions in­clud­ing the 2990WX with its un­prece­dented 32 cores. That’s not all though. There’s also the pow­er­ful and high fre­quency 16 core 2950X which will be joined later on by the 12 core 2920X and the 24 core 2970WX.


The Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Gen pro­ces­sors bring all the ad­vance­ments in­tro­duced with sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Ryzen ear­lier in 2018. The im­proved 12nm process means bet­ter power ef ciency, which along with im­proved mem­ory sup­port, lower cache la­tency and higher clock rates means bet­ter per­for­mance in all types of work­loads. AMD also se­lect only the best dies for use with Threadripper 2nd Gen CPUs. This means lower volt­age for a given clock rate, lead­ing to bet­ter XFR and Pre­ci­sion Boost 2.0 along with gen­er­ally bet­ter over­clock­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Threadripper 2nd Gen car­ries over all the bene ts and fea­tures seen with

rst gen­er­a­tion Threadripper and ac­com­pa­ny­ing X399 motherboards. A sim­ple BIOS up­date is all that’s needed, negat­ing the need for an ad­di­tional mother­board pur­chase. Threadripper 2nd Gen CPU’s sup­port an in­cred­i­ble 64 PCIE 3.0 lanes mean­ing there’s enough band­width on hand to han­dle com­plex SSD ar­rays, net­work­ing and multi GPU

con gu­ra­tions. With AMD Threadripper, you don’t need to com­pro­mise or worry about run­ning out of Pcie lanes. Un­like with com­pet­ing plat­forms, the max­i­mum num­ber of Pcie lanes are avail­able with all Threadripper 2nd Gen CPUs. You won’t need to con­sult the mother­board man­ual to see what hap­pens if you run a card in this slot or a drive in that slot. Threadripper 2nd Gen pro­vides ex­pan­sion op­tions with­out com­pro­mise.


Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Gen pro­ces­sors sup­port StoreMI, which is AMD’s unique caching stor­age so­lu­tion that com­bines DRAM, SSD and HDD stor­age into a sin­gle uni ed vol­ume. StoreMI uses a dy­namic al­go­rithm that as­signs the most fre­quently ac­cessed les to the fastest avail­able stor­age medium. It sup­ports 2GB of sys­tem RAM and Nvme SSDs so even data found on a slow hard drive can re­ceive impressive load time im­prove­ments.

Threadripper 2nd Gen users get ac­cess to an amaz­ing set of con gu­ra­tion and mon­i­tor­ing op­tions thanks to the im­proved Ryzen Mas­ter util­ity. A note­wor­thy ad­di­tion is Pre­ci­sion Boost Over­drive. This al­lows the user to over­ride AMD’s de­fault speci cations. In ad­di­tion to mon­i­tor­ing a set of CPU pa­ram­e­ters, it can also ac­cess mother­board speci c data re­lat­ing to the VRM. A user run­ning a 2950X will then be able to hold boost clocks for longer if con­di­tions al­low, this is some­thing par­tic­u­larly use­ful for ex­tract­ing max­i­mum gam­ing per­for­mance for ex­am­ple.

You might think that you’ll need an ex­otic cool­ing setup to cool such pow­er­ful pro­ces­sors, but this is not the case. Thanks to the use of in­dium solder be­tween the dies and the heat spreader, Threadripper 2nd Gen CPUs of­fer su­pe­rior heat dis­si­pa­tion prop­er­ties, signi cantly bet­ter than com­pet­ing plat­forms. An air cooler or af­ford­able all-in­one liq­uid cooler is ca­pa­ble of dis­si­pat­ing the heat pro­duced by an over­clocked 2950X pro­ces­sor.


AMD rec­og­nizes that not ev­ery­one has a need for the un­prece­dented multi-threaded power of the W se­ries pro­ces­sors, and these users will nd the more af­ford­able X se­ries pro­ces­sors a per­fect choice. The 2950X can boost all the way up to 4.4Ghz, beyond even the 4.3 Ghz of the Ryzen 7 2700X. This makes the 2950X a great blend of en­ter­prise class multi-threaded per­for­mance and sin­gle threaded per­for­mance. So, while ren­der­ing and en­cod­ing ap­pli­ca­tions will be breezed through, there is still the per­for­mance on hand to power through lightly threaded ap­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing games. The 2950X truly does of­fer the best of both worlds. You get mas­sive mul­ti­threaded and sin­gle threaded power for all work­loads.

Linux users will be in­ter­ested to note that Threadripper 2nd Gen’s multi-threaded per­for­mance is ex­cel­lent. The long his­tory of Linux as an en­ter­prise plat­form means that its scal­a­bil­ity is well es­tab­lished and bench­marks with re­cent ker­nel re­leases show that Threadripper 2nd Gen’s very high core counts are well sup­ported. As Threadripper is based on Zen+ and the X399 chipset is ma­ture, Linux users should nd that Threadripper 2nd Gen works very well with al­most all re­cent Linux dis­tri­bu­tions. Re­cent com­piler re­leases also carry Zen speci c op­ti­miza­tions, help­ing pro­fes­sion­als get the best out of their Threadripper 2nd Gen pro­ces­sors.

Gamers haven’t been left be­hind at all. Even if some game en­gines can­not deal with very high core counts, negat­ing this is easy. All it takes is a sim­ple mouse click to dis­able ½ or ¾ of the cores by en­abling legacy com­pat­i­bil­ity mode in the Ryzen Mas­ter soft­ware. This makes it easy to en­joy top notch gam­ing per­for­mance. The Threadripper 2950X, with its im­proved XFR and Pre­ci­sion Boost 2.0 ca­pa­bil­i­ties means games will bene t from the im­proved sin­gle threaded per­for­mance, and de­liver the frame rates that are nec­es­sary for to­day’s high re­fresh rate mon­i­tors and de­mand­ing rst per­son shoot­ers.

The 2950X is a per­fect choice for a stream­ing gamer. 16 cores means it’s eas­ily pos­si­ble to game and stream at the same time, even at 4K. How does but­ter smooth 4K gam­ing with a si­mul­ta­ne­ous 25Mbps stream and zero dropped frames sound? That’s the kind of gam­ing per­for­mance and mul­ti­task­ing ca­pa­bil­ity the Threadripper 2950X of­fers.


Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Gen once again rede nes what the desk­top PC is ca­pa­ble of. The 2990WX is in an­other league when it comes to mul­ti­threaded per­for­mance, while the 2950X of­fers a terri c blend of multi-threaded grunt com­bined with ex­cel­lent lightly threaded per­for­mance that is still im­por­tant to many users. AMD’s Threadripper 2nd Gen de­liv­ers the per­for­mance you need, in what­ever task you want to throw at it.

“Threadripper 2nd Gen de­liv­ers the per­for­mance you need, what­ever you want to throw at it”

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