AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X Review (Page 1)

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X Review

AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X are here, how do they shape up against the flagship 2990WX?

| Oct 29, 2018 at 8:00 am CDT
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: AMD

Introduction

A couple of months ago we reviewed the monster 32-core CPU from AMD, the 2990WX, as well as the replacement for the 1950X, the 2950X.

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Today we will look at the other two CPUs AMD has included in their second generation of ThreadRipper CPUs, but didn't launch at the same time as the other two CPUs. The 2970WX is a 24-core 2990WX with the same high TDP and quad die design, while the 2920X is a slightly lower count 2950X, but at a much better value.

Specifications

AMD's Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X are both based on the Zen+ architecture, which is just like Zen but with some optimizations made to the process (12nm). The 2920X got a 100MHz MHz boost on maximum frequency to 4.3GHz, but base stays at 3.5GHz.

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The new CPU should have much better performance in mid-load scenarios specifically because of the improved Precision Boost 2 algorithm. The 2970WX has the same 250W TDP as the 2990WX, and while they have the same base and boost clock, we expect the thermal headroom from 25% fewer cores to provide some thermal and power headroom for mid-load scenarios.

Pricing

The Ryzen ThreadRipper 2920X will cost $650, and the Ryzen ThreadRipper 2970WX will cost $1299.

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