AMD Officially Announces Threadripper 2 CPU With 32 Cores And 64 Threads
Only a couple of days after Intel has demonstrated its unnamed 28-core CPU running at 5 GHz, AMD has reclaimed the title of the most cores in a consumer CPU with the announcement of a 32-core Threadripper 2 CPU, based on the second-generation Ryzen architecture.
AMD has announced the new Threadripper 2 series and the flagship with 32 cores and 64 threads at a keynote conference at Computex. As promised, the new Threadripper series will operate on existing motherboards on the TR4 socket, although those will require a BIOS update.
The company states that the new Threadripper chips will release in the third quarter of the year, a couple of months before Intel will sell its 28-core CPU. Because Threadripper 2 uses the Zen+ cores, we do know that they will be produced on a 12nm+ production process by GlobalFoundries.
No clock speeds, pricing details or other technical specifications were announced, but we do know that AMD has confirmed both a 24-core and 32-core processor, operating at a standard clock speed of 3 GHz, with a turbo boost to 3.4 GHz. Intel’s 28-core chip was seen operating at 5 GHz, although this was under extreme cooling circumstances and only for a couple of seconds of load.
The top models in the Threadripper 2 series will have a TDP of 250W, and the chips will consist of no less of four dies intertwined with AMD’s Infinity Fabric technology. The physical size of the new chips is quite impressive, and they’re practically double in size compared to Intel’s current Core i9 flagship. AMD has also shown benchmarks of the new chips against existing Intel processors.