AMD Teases Its Upcoming 32-Core Threadripper 2 Processor for 2018

AMD 2nd Generation Threadripper CPU

Just after Intel’s announcement of the 28-core enthusiat level HEDT CPU, AMD responds with its own 2nd Generation Threadripper processor with more cores and possibly more performance.

Existing 1st Gen Threadripper processor is based on the 14 nm Zen micro-architecture, paired with AMD X399 motherboard chipset. The highest sku, Threadripper 1950X has 16 cores and 32 threads, running at a base clock of 3.4 GHz and boost clock of 4 GHz.

Similar to the recently released 2nd Gen Rzyen processors, the new 32-core Threadripper 2 CPU will be using the improved 12 nm Zen+ micro-architecture. Previously, the 16-core 1950X contains a total of eight Core Complexes (CCX, each has 4 cores, 8 threads and 8 MB of L3 cache) on four dies, but half of the dies are disabled for the required core counts. Now, the 32-core processor will have all CCXs and dies enabled.

This is the same layout as the server-grade EPYC processor. However, the Threadripper 2 CPU will remain to have 4 memory channels and 64 PCIe lanes, instead of 8 and 128.

Unlike Intel’s 28-core processor, the new Threadripper 2 will support the same Socket TR4, as well as X399 motherboard chipset. Though, the CPU would require power up from 180 watts to 250 watts, which not all existing motherboards can supply this much power sufficiently.

The new 32-core processor is expected to release in the 3rd quarter of 2018. Price has not been announced yet. For reference, the 16-core Threadripper 1950X costs $999 USD (MSRP). You can watch the complete AMD’s keynote in Computex 2018 in its YouTube channel.

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