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AMD ups the CPU wars, raining on Intel's 28-core parade with something better

by on06 June 2018

12nm Zen+ cores and on track for launch in Q3 2018

As expected, AMD has announced its upcoming 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper HEDT CPUs at the Computex 2018 press conference, putting more pressure on Intel and its earlier announced, and unnamed, 28-core HEDT CPU.

Based on the same 12nm Zen+ architecture like the earlier Ryzen 2000 series CPUs, the 2nd generation Threadripper will have up to 32-cores with 64-threads, pack all 2nd generation features like Precision Boost 2 and XFR 2.0, usual tweaks to memory and clock optimizations, and, most importantly, fit into the existing SP3 socket on X399 motherboards.

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We expect AMD to refresh the existing Threadripper lineup, offering an 8-core, 12-core and 16-core Threadripper 2000 series CPU as well as introduce the all-new flagship 32-core/64-thread SKU and the 24-core SKU which has been also demoed at the Computex 2018 press conference.

According to details provided by AMD during the demonstration, both the 24-core and 32-core were cooled by Wraith Ripper air cooler and have a TDP of 250W. Both also worked at 3.0GHz base and 3.4GHz all-core Boost clocks, although those might not be the final clocks.

Intel certainly surprised a lot of people with the announcement of its unnamed 28-core HEDT CPU which is likely to be out in Q4 this year, but AMD has added fuel to these new core wars in the HEDT market and it has the upper hand with the existing socket.

Shown on stage by Jim Anderson, SVP and General Manager for Computing and Graphics Business Group at AMD, both the 24-core and 32-core 2nd generation Threadripper CPUs were compared to Intel's Core i9-7890XE in Blender.

While Intel is pushing hard to get its new 28-core HEDT to consumers in Q4 2018, AMD was keen to note that its 2nd generation Threadripper is on track to launch in Q3 2018.

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Last modified on 06 June 2018
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