October 19, 2018
Ryzen Threadripper 2990x vs 1950x

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990x vs 1950x CPU Specifications Comparison

AMD has been at the center of innovation in the recent years, both in the GPUs and CPU segments. The latest one is the highly anticipated 32 core CPU that AMD has long been promising. The specifications for the same have already been leaked. The new offering from AMD is labeled as Ryzen Threadripper 2990X and is set to launch soon. How does it differ from the previous top-end version 1950x? Let us analyze the new offering from AMD and find the differences between the Ryzen Threadripper 2990x vs 1950x in today’s post.

Ryzen Threadripper 2990X – An Overview

The full specifications of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990x have been revealed. In fact, the company has also announced the specs along with benchmarks and overclocking features as well.

The new offering from AMD will come with 32 cores and 64 threads. The CPU will come with a base clock speed of 3.4 GHz and a maximum boost clock performance of 4.0 GHz. AMD is expected to offer better-overclocking performance with the 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. This is evident from the jump in cores from the previous version of 1950x.

The rest of the specifications include 16 MB of L2 cache and 64 MB of shared L3 Cache. That would be a sum of 80 MB cache per chip. The maximum power would be limited to 250 Watts. You will find two new coolers as AMD has indicated that they will be coming up with a new design of coolers.

The new range of Ryzen Threadripper processor will come with the latest precision boost and XFR clocking. The overclocking improvements have gone a long way in making them one of the faster options.

Ryzen Threadripper 1950x – The Predecessor

Ryzen Threadripper 1950x  is one of the popular CPUs in the first generation of Threadripper series. It is a 64-bit Hexadeca-core CPU introduced by AMD in 2017. It is fabricated using the 14nm manufacturing process.

The Ryzen Threadripper 1950x runs at a base frequency of 3.4 GHz, while the boost frequency you get is 4.0 GHz. The maximum power opted for Ryzen Threadripper 1950x is 180 Watts. You have access to 8 MB of L2 cache and 32 MB of L3 Cache.

Ryzen Threadripper 2990x vs 1950x – A Comparison Between the Predessors

A tabulated result can be the best bet for a compelling comparison between the two siblings. Of course, the comparison is based upon the specifications available from the varied sources. The exact nature of the specs will only be possible after the processor is launched.

Features/Particulars

Ryzen Threadripper 2990x

Ryzen Threadripper 1950x

Architecture Zen(1)/Zen+ Zen(1)
Manufacturing Process Node 12 nm 14 nm
High-End Server (SP3) EPYC ‘Naples’ EPYC ‘Naples’
Maximum server cores (Per Module) 32 32
Maximum Server Threads (Per Module) 64 64
High-end desktop  TR4 2000 Series 1000 Series
Maximum HEDT cores 32 16
Maximum HEDT Threads 64 32
Mainstream desktop AM4 Pinnacle Ridge Summit Ridge
Year of Launch 2018 2017
Base-clock speed  3.4 GHz 3.4 GHz
Boost clock speed 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz
Max TDP 250 W 180 W
L2 Cache 16 MB 8 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB  32 MB

Please note that this comparison table here is based on the speculations available about the new Ryzen Threadripper 2990x specifications as available on the online databases & sites. The exact picture will be clear when the 2nd generation CPU launches officially in the third quarter of 2018. In any case, the features and specifications as available appear to be closer to reality.

When will the new Ryzen Threadripper 2990x Come?

Well, AMD has made an announcement about the new generation 2 Threadripper CPUs during the Computex 2018. However, there were no official claims about the performance or any other features and specifications.

The results available on the HKEPC site have been considered to be the authentic ones. The specifications we have indicated in the above discussion have been taken from the HKEPC site and other benchmarking websites. The 3DMark Database has recently shown an entry for the HEDT processor from AMD. However, there are no performance figures available from 3DMark Database as in the case of HKEPC.

There are a few differences of opinions. The 3DMark Database entries show the base clock speed as 3 GHz and a boost clock speed as 3.8 GHz. This is in contrast to the 3.4 GHz and 4.0 GHz respectively. However, we would believe the values represented by HKEPC, because the first generation of Threadripper CPUs had the 3.4 GHz and 4.0 GHz. We would expect AMD to hit that minimum of those values.

Another difference between the leaks available from HKEPC and 3DMark Database is the TDP. The TDP as available on HKEPC is 250 W while 3DMark Database indicates a TDP as 180 W. Everything will be clear when the service launches in the third quarter of 2018.

The CPU has been launched on a few sites already. One such website is Cyberport. It lists the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X is listed at $ 1509. We are not sure whether this price is indeed genuine. If it is, we would indeed conclude that the pricing is entirely competitive. The approximate cost is estimated to be around 500 Euros lesser than the HEDT flagship from Intel.

The Concluding Thoughts

There are two-second generation Threadripper CPUs coming up if we can believe the speculations being available – 2970x and 2990x. We expect both the new generation CPUs based on the Zen+ architecture to come up with a host of optimization options. We would expect the availability of XFR2, Precision Boost 2, and AMD SenseMI technologies on the new Ryzen Threadripper 2990x. We also can confirm that there would be two SKUs at launch. They are as follows:

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X (32 Cores – 64 Threads)
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X (16 Cores – 32 Threads)

However, the exact features and specifications will only be available when the product is made available. Until that time, we can just be dependent upon the speculations. So do the comparison between 2990x and 1950x. However, we expect the predictions to be accurate as we can find they are quite realistic.

Let us wait till the third quarter of the year to find the exact features of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990x and how it compares with the 1950x regarding its features. Till then… let us keep speculating..!

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