After more than a decade of playing second fiddle to Intel in the CPU market, AMD has just released the world’s most powerful consumer-grade processor. With 32-cores and 64-threads, it’s already better than many server grade CPU chips, but it also runs at a blistering speed of 3.0 GHz base frequency with a boost clock of 4.2 GHz. And AMD is offering all of this speed and capability for $1799.
The chip fits inside AMD’s X399 motherboard platform, making it an easy upgrade for anyone who bought into the platform last year with the original Threadripper release.
To celebrate the launch, AMD announced that their internal overclocking team was able to push the chip up to a maximum speed of 5.1 GHz by cooling it with liquid nitrogen. To test the chip, they ran through the Cinebench R15 benchmarking tool and managed to set a world-record score of 7,618. The previous record was held by the Intel i9-7980XE chip which managed only 5,828.
Along with the new powerhouse 2990WX, AMD also released three more updated Threadripper CPU chips the 2970WX, 2950X and 2920X with 24, 16 and 12 cores respectively. The 2990WX is available now, with the other chips rolling out between now and October.
If you are looking in to building yourself a new workstation PC for database work, rendering, modeling, or video editing, there is no better chip on the market right now. Of course, if you just want to build a beast of a gaming PC, then you might want to skip this chip. Games aren’t programed to take care of thread counts on this magnitude and you’re better of with higher clock speeds instead of higher core counts.