But given the fact that it has blown Intel Core i9 out of the water in terms of performance, the price tag seems plausible.
Figures for the 32-core/64-thread Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor, which is expected to cost around $1800, were "accidentally" listed on AMD France's website. It is certainly the burliest high-end desktop (HEDT) CPU available.
AMD claims that the 2990WX has set a new record for the desktop CPU category in Cinebench R15, a standard benchmarking tool used to measure chip performance.More news: Google Pixel 3 XL just leaked in an unboxing video
The other consumer SKU, Ryzen Threadripper 2920X, will probably be the most interesting, as it has the lowest $649 price, making it significantly cheaper than AMD's first generation Ryzen Threadripper predecessor, and will also give Intel's 10-core/20-thread Core i9-7900X a run for its money. AMD's flagship HEDT part has 44 percent more cores, in other words, and Cinebench R15 is one of those applications that can make efficient use of multiple cores and threads.
Intel's chip may still have the edge over Threadripper 2 when it comes to gaming performance, but that's unlikely to be a concern among the professionals who buy these very expensive processors for their multi-threaded performance.
Rumor has it that the price for this AMD offering will be pitched at $1,799 (around £1,390, AU$2,440), and that will undercut the Core i9-7980XE by a couple of hundred bucks.More news: Nintendo Announces Four New Characters For "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'"
While the new WX-series Threadripper chips aim to squeeze every last bit of performance out of their dizzying number of cores and threads, the most direct replacement for the first-generation Threadripper is the 16-core, 32-thread, 3.5GHz Ryzen Threadripper 2950X. These will be clocked up to the same speeds as the 2990WX, at 3GHz base and 4.2GHz boost, and will also have access to an identical 64MB of L3 cache.
The company is releasing four new central processing units as part of the upgrade that are based on the 12-nanometer Zen+ architecture. We're eager to put all of this to the test to verify AMD's preliminary results in our forthcoming full review of the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, which AMD plans to start shipping on August 31.
It's worth noting that AMD's 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processors will work with existing X399 motherboards, since they are based off of the same socket: TR4. The chip's performance goes up to a maximum of 4.2Ghz with overclocking. Pre-orders for the CPU kick off today. The new X chips continue to consume 180 watts. The consumer-oriented Threadripper 2950X is also coming this month, on August 31st.More news: Tesla board confirms Elon Musk's buyout plans