AMD is not coming in slow with its Threadripper line as the company is now ready to push 2 more chips. The chips are the newest members of the 2nd Generation AMD Threadripper line. AMD Threadripper 2970WX and AMD Threadripper 2920X are coming to a desktop near you on October 29 (that is if you get one, of course, they can’t just roll in the door). They are meant for the most high-end desktop PCs and workstations.
The AMD Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X are both very similar chips. The 2970WX uses four core Zeppelin dies on one subset, with one core disabled in each CCX, two per die. 24 Cores with SMT tech are running at 3.0 base and 4.2 boost clock. We have 64MB cache, a quad-channel DDR4-2933 memory support, 60+4 Gen 3 PCIe lanes.
The power consumption is higher when compared to regular AMD chips. It requires 250W TDP so using it with the latest X399 AMD motherboards is recommended as they feature enhanced VRMs.
As mentioned before, the 2920X is a high-end chip for enthusiasts grade PCs. It comes with two Zen+ dies, two cores disabled on each. The 2920X is a 12-core CPU running at 3.0 base and 4.3 boost clock. We have 32MB of cache, quad-channel DDR4-2933, 60+4 lanes of PCIe Gen 3. However, its power consumption is lower when compared to the AMD Threadripper 2970WX.
The 180w TDP chip works great with AMD’s X399-powered motherboards as well. Keep in mind that both of these chips are meant for overclocking so you would need a board that supports this feature. For such high-end chips, the X399 platform motherboards work best as they feature reliable VRMs.
AMD also confirmed that these chips feature something called “Dynamic Local Mode.” The mode is designed to make sure cores with direct access to memory get priority at all times. More information about “Dynamic Local Mode” is yet to arrive.
Now for the price, the AMD Threadripper 2970WX 24-core chip will retail for $1299. Meanwhile, the 12-core variant, AMD Threadripper 2920X will go for $649.