AMD logoAt the E3, AMD has announced the new Threadripper 2 CPU with up to 32 cores and 64 threads. The codename for the processor family is listed as “Colfax”.

Such a processor is enough to nominally eliminate the need for integrated graphics as SSE can handle the basics.

  • The Threadripper 1950X has 16 cores and 32 threads.
  • The Threadripper 1920X has 12 cores and 24 threads.
  • The Threadripper 2990X has 32 cores and 64 threads
  • The Threadripper 2960X has 24 cores and 48 threads.

The new CPUs being made with 12nm will be a powerful choice against Intel’s latest processors. With more serious competition this situation for consumers will be much better.

AMD’s Threadripper processors have a distributed MCM (Multi-Chip Module) design that connects multiple eight-core packages via the Infinity Fabric. Instead of the two active Zeppelin die we found with the original first-gen Threadripper models, the new lineup wields four total active die.

With the performance of a server processor in the hands of consumer machines, gamers will now have far more PCI Express lanes for video cards and peripherals.  The best Threadripper will have a total of 60 lanes.

While compatible with the existing X399 motherboards, some concern over the power may end up throttling the CPU due to the limits of the regulators. AMD mentioned some new model motherboards with more power to handle the new processor.

Despite the high 250W TDP, both CPUs used in AMD’s demos were air-cooled, using AMD’s Wraith Ripper Air Cooler.

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