A PC enthusiast in Indonesia has overclocked an AMD Threadripper 2990WX all the way up to 6GHz - the same day the 32-core, 64-thread monster was released.
Ivan Cupa claims that he was able to run the chip all the way up to 5955.4MHz on an MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard, connected to a 1500 watt Corsair power supply - and with the aid of a lot of liquid nitrogen for cooling. In addition to liquid cooling, serious overclocking requires some serious equipment, as the following AMD video from the 'Overclocking Olympics' demonstrates.
The Threadripper 2990WX, AMD's top-of-the-range second-generation Zen+-based CPU, can also boast other overclocking-related records, including the highest scores in Cinebench R11.5 and R15, and record high scores in a series of other benchmarking software packages, including wPrime, GPUPI and Geekbench3 Multi-Core.
Cupa's dabblings with his brand new Threadripper were picked up by WCCFTech.
Well-healed enthusiasts can pick one up for £1,639.99 from Scan, Overclockers, Novatech or Ebuyer (which has cut its price from the £2067.98 it was asking on Monday), or wait for the release of the more moderately priced Threadripper 2920X or 2950X, which are intended for more normal enthusiasts.
14 August 2018: The first of AMD's second-generation Threadripper CPUs is now available - the top-of-the-range (and eye-wateringly expensive) Threadripper 2990WX, with the more modest Threadripper 2950X set to follow at the end of the month.
The 32 core, 64-thread monster is built on AMD's 12nm Zen+ architecture and manufacturered by GlobalFoundries. It runs at a 3GHz base clock frequency, but can boost all the way up to 4.2GHz.
AMD claims that the Threadripper 2990WX is 50 per cent faster than Intel's similarly specced, but more expensive Core i9-9780X Extreme Edition - although Intel is planning to pump out its ninth generation Core processors on 1 October, according to reports.
However, buyers in the UK will need to dig deep - Amazon, Novatech, Scan and Overclockers all have the device listed for £1,639.99, while Ebuyer, for reasons best known to itself, is hoping some mug punters will cough £2,067.98 for the same thing, at the time of writing.
The Threadripper 2990WX is intended for high-end workstations for creative professionals. That is to say, the type of people who routinely use such tools as 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Revit, Vectorworks, Rhino, Blender, Maya etcetera.
It's not intended for the likes of gamers and enthusiasts, per se - the 'WX' suffix denotes that it's intended for serious workstations, while 'X' sufficed Threadrippers are intended for serious enthusiasts, who are advised to wait for the 16 core, 32-thread Threadripper 2950X, which is coming on the 31 August.
The 24 core, 48-thread Threadripper 2970WX and lowest-priced 12 core, 24-thread Threadripper 2920X will follow in October.
6 August 2018: Pre-orders have opened up for AMD's second-generation Threadripper with availability starting on Monday 13 August.
The Threadripper 2000-Series will include a monster 32-core, 64-thread part for extreme enthusiasts and high-end workstations, but the Threadripper 2990WX will set Americans back a hefty $1,799.
There's no news on UK pricing as yet, although Ebuyer has the previous top-of-the-ranger, the Threadripper 1950X now down to £654.99.
AMD has split its Threadripper CPU line-up in two, with the X-suffixed parts aimed at enthusiasts and gamers, and the WX-suffixed parts aimed at what it describes as "content creators and innovators".
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The top-of-the-range Threadripper 2990WX will be available first - on Monday 13 August. The Threadripper 2950X will follow on Friday 31 August, with October availability slated for the Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X.
Announcing availability today, AMD was keen to show-off the CPUs on its favourite Cinebench tests - intended to compare them to Intel's latest Core i9s: the Core i9-7980XE, the i9-7960X, and the Core i9-7900X.
Intel achieved a record-breaking benchmark in Cinebench on its Core i9-7980XE by overclocking the device to 5.7GHz, a feat that required heavy-duty cooling to achieve.
AMD, though, claims to have bested Intel with the Threadripper 2990WX, overclocked to 5.1GHz using liquid nitrogen, achieving a score of 7,618 to Intel's 7,344.
At stock speeds, though, the top-of-the-range Threadripper posted a score of 5,089 to the Intel Core i9-7980XE's 4,136, clocked at 4.2GHz.
It's the stock scores that will undoubtedly turn heads more than the insanely overclocked scores, with AMD claiming a significant performance lead for Threadripper against comparable Intel Core i9 CPUs.
9 July 2018: AMD is prepping two new power-efficient second-gen Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600E and the Ryzen 7 2700E.
The parts are aimed squarely at Intel Core ‘T'-suffixed series of microprocessors, which run at a standard TDP of 35 watts, and intended for platforms that require a standard x86 CPU, but in a more power-efficient platform with lower heat dissipation.
Both the Intel Core ‘T' and AMD Ryzen ‘E' CPUs are identical to their mainstream equivalents, except for the lower wattage and consequent lower clock speeds.
The Ryzen 2600E is the low-power counterpart to the Ryzen 5 2600X, AMD's fastest hexacore 12-thread part, which requires 95W and runs at a standard 3.6GHz and retails for around £200. The Ryzen 5 2600E, in contrast, is a 45W part but runs at a standard 3.1GHz.
The Ryzen 7 2700E, meanwhile, also requires 45W compared to 105W for the mainstream desktop part, and runs at a frequency of 2.8GHz compared to the full-fat Ryzen 7 2700X's 3.7GHz. However, the Ryzen 7 is an eight-core, 16-thread part.
Pricing, according to WCCFTech, will shadow Intel's ‘T'-series of CPUs.
The leaks, which have subsequently been confirmed, come after AMD in April launched similar low-power APUs with integrated Vega GPUs, intended for mobile devices.
Like the 'E'-suffixed Ryzens, the Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE chips boast a TDP of 35 watts, but also have AMD's Vega graphics integrated in the core.
The AMD Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE followed in the footsteps of the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G, which pack the same number of cores and threads, along with integrated graphics, but at a much lower power consumption.
At the same time, AMD Epyc-based server CPUs have started rolling off the production lines in China, the product of its joint venture with Haiguang Information Technology.
Dubbed Dhyana and based on the Zen microarchitecture, the deal between AMD and Haigung required a fair degree of legal dexterity to pull off, both to remain within the bounds of AMD's x86 licensing agreement with Intel, as well as US technology export controls.
Intel, for example, was barred from selling Xeon CPUs into China in 2015 as a result of claims that they would be used in China's nuclear and military programmes.
According to Tom's Hardware, AMD stayed the right side of the line, legally, by establishing a joint venture in a company called THATIC, to whom it licensed x86 and other technology.
THATIC founded HMC and Haigung, with Haigung doing the design while HMC is responsible for manufacturing. With AMD holding a controlling 51 per cent stake in HMC, the company remains compliant with its x86 server-licensing obligations. It also holds a 30 per cent stake in Hygon. THATIC holds the remainder of the shares.
However, the Dhyana Epyc CPUs are bound solely for the Chinese market, with AMD benefiting from royalties on sales.
15 May 2018: AMD has launched upgraded Ryzen Pro microprocessors boasting Ryzen cores integrated with Vega graphics - what AMD used to call accelerated processing units or APUs. The parts are intended for corporate laptops and desktops, with the launch coinciding with new mobile and desktop systems from Dell, HP and Lenovo bearing the new CPUs.
However, despite their naming nomenclature, the new parts are based on first-generation Ryzen cores rather than the Zen+ microarchitecture that went into AMDs recent Ryzen 2 releases. As such, the office-oriented parts will lack the improved cache and memory latency of Ryzen 2, as well as the slightly faster clock speeds from being optimised to 12-nanometer, as opposed to 14nm, process manufacturing.
The parts encompass four desktop and three mobile offerings, all with four cores, but with the Ryzen 5 Pro 2400G, 2400GE, 2500U and Ryzen Pro 2700U coming with eight threads.
The parts are pitched at a lower price than Intel equivalents - from $169 to $349 - and, while sporting AMD's latest Vega graphics technology, they have dialled down the performance, partly to cut costs, but also to ensure that laptops don't meltdown under modest usage.
What makes AMD's ‘Pro' line-up of Ryzen CPUs different from standard Ryzen CPUs and APUs are the management features aimed purely at organisations. These include GuardMI, which offers memory encryption capabilities (like AMD's Epyc server CPUs), a secure boot mechanism, a firmware Trusted Platform Module supporting TPM 2.0.
In terms of the new hardware from major vendors - whose support AMD will need in order to crack the armlock Intel has on the corporate PC market - Dell has been showing off new Latitude 5495 laptops with 14-inch displays, as well as very corporate-looking Optiplex 5055 MT/SFF desktops.
HP and Lenovo, meanwhile, have launched a much wider range of laptops and desktops. In among the fairly standard looking hard is, in particular, the HP Elite Desk 705 Mini G4, which promises to be a space saver. Lenovo, too, has both an ultra-small 12.5-inch laptop and a slimline desktop, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M715q Tiny, which both look particularly interesting.
However, full details and specs have yet to be released.
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