THE MIGHTIEST CPU
AMD’S RYZEN 2ND GEN THREADRIPPER BRINGS UNPRECEDENTED POWER TO THE CONSUMER AND PROFESSIONAL DESKTOP
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.
THREADRIPPER 2 BRINGS ENHANCED UNIQUE FEATURES
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.
PERFORMANCE IN EVERY SCENARIO
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.
A TRULY ADVANCED MICRO DEVICE
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”