As pre-announced, AMD has begun selling its latest Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processor. The new CPU features 16 cores and is aimed at high-end desktops that can be overclocked for additional performance. And with half the cores, the new CPU is priced accordingly, with a price tag half that of AMD’s flagship Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX, its sibling counter-part meant for extreme workstations.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processor relies on two eight-core Zen+ dies fabbed using GlobalFoundries’ 12LP process technology on a single piece of substrate. The CPU thus offers 16 cores featuring SMT technology and running at 3.5 – 4.4 GHz, featuring 32 MB of cache, a quad-channel DDR4-2933 memory subsystem, and 60 lanes of PCIe Gen 3.

AMD's High-Performance Desktop CPUs
  Cores/
Threads
Base/
Turbo
L3 DRAM
1DPC
PCIe TDP SRP Retail
Price
TR 2990WX 32/64 3.0/4.2 64 MB 4x2933 60 250 W $1799 $1799
TR 2970WX 24/48 3.0/4.2 $1299 -
TR 2950X 16/32 3.5/4.4 32 MB 180 W $899 $899
TR 1950X 3.4/4.0 4x2667 $799 $720
TR 2920X 12/24 3.5/4.3 4x2933 $649 -
TR 1920X 3.5/4.0 4x2667 $399 $449
TR 1900X 8/16 3.8/4.0 16 MB $299 $308
Ryzen 7 2700X 8/16 3.7/4.3 16 MB 2x2933 16 105 W $329 $319
Ryzen 7 1800X 8/16 3.6/4.0 16 MB 2x2667 95 W ? $244

With a TDP of 180 W, the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is compatible with all AMD X399-based platforms featuring sTR4 sockets. Meanwhile, since these chips are designed to be overclocked, they can benefit from motherboards with high-quality VRMs and more robust cooling systems, as the TDP of overclocked CPUs can skyrocket well above their regular power envelope.

AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is now available from all leading retailers, including Amazon and Newegg for $899, which is actually cheaper than the price of AMD’s 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor when it was launched about a year ago.

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  • Alistair - Friday, August 31, 2018 - link

    I think this is definitely the best Threadripper CPU. Reply
  • clsmithj - Friday, August 31, 2018 - link

    For the first time I took the risk and ordered up a top of the line new CPU. Never before, I'd always been the type that would be like a year or 2 behind when it came to Desktop PC builds.
    Not this time, AMD which has always been my processor brand of choice for Desktops, I'm going head first with this new 2990WX Threadripper. I will be building a new monster PC rig with these 32 cores 64 threads CPU to exceed my previous built desktop than ran a Phenom II X4 and was way behind on instruction sets compared to the competition.
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  • ajp_anton - Friday, August 31, 2018 - link

    The 2990WX is actually worse than the 2950X on many tasks. It's only awesome when you know what you're doing. Reply
  • npz - Saturday, September 1, 2018 - link

    That's because of Windows' fault on programs that aren't saturating the threads and memory access (so that it doesn't matter where you allocate memory and what cpus they're executed on as everything is saturated already). Use it on Linux with proper NUMA handling and you don't have to worry. You can workaround Windows' faults by binding processess to cpus but that is a pain and doesn't work always

    https://www.techspot.com/review/1683-linux-vs-wind...
    Linux vs. Windows Benchmark: Threadripper 2990WX vs. Core i9-7980XE Tested

    Linux performance across the board is faster than Windows for both machines, but larger differences are seen in the 2990WX, in a couple extreme cases an order magnitude difference.

    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&...
    A Look At The Windows 10 vs. Linux Performance On AMD Threadripper 2990WX
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  • GreenReaper - Sunday, September 2, 2018 - link

    For the most part. At the 64-thread level that it might help to test with fewer threads even on Linux. Reply
  • zodiacfml - Saturday, September 1, 2018 - link

    Right. TR stuff seems like server territory to me. They are not good for user workloads. Reply
  • Azurael - Sunday, September 2, 2018 - link

    I dunno, with precision boost it seems to hit the same clocks with lower thread counts as the 2700x. It may not quite offer Intel level single threaded performance but it's more than adequate for anybody who stands a chance of actually loading it up. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Saturday, September 1, 2018 - link

    You should not get the 2990WX unless you have task that will make use of it (VM's and rendering), specially on windows10.

    2950X is a lot more better option, specially if you use windows.
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  • piroroadkill - Monday, September 3, 2018 - link

    Unless you have a very specific need for a 2990WX, you should not buy one. You should DEFINITELY not buy one for gaming/streaming and general basic use. 2950X will be a lot better... Reply
  • mkozakewich - Friday, August 31, 2018 - link

    Autoplaying video ads? As someone using a tethered cellular connection, I think this might be the time I have to stop visiting AnandTech. Reply

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