AMD Threadripper 2990X 32-Core / 64-Thread CPU details and benchmarks leaked
AMD announced the Threadripper 2990X 32-core / 64-thread flagship HEDT CPU at Computex earlier this month, but the company did not give too many spec details and there were no actual benchmark results to see how it fairs against Intel’s 28-core CPU. Meanwhile the guys over at HKEPC (a trusted Chinese hardware review site) managed to get their hands on a prototype Threadripper 2990X chip and subjected it to some serious testing. The results are not disappointing at all.
As far as specs go, the sample tested by HKEPC is a B2 stepping running at 3.4 GHz by default, with boost clocks reaching 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz in single core mode). These clocks may appear a little limited compared to Intel’s 28-core that was running at 5 GHz, but Intel later admitted that their model was already overclocked. AMD’s sample also boasts an impressive 16 MB L2 + 64 MB L3 cache memory setup, while the TDP will not surpass 250 W so that current gen TR4 motherboards remain compatible with the new HEDT processors. Using a Corsair H150i Pro AIO liquid cooler, the HKEPC testers were able to push all cores to 4.12 GHz, at the same time raising the voltage to 1.38V.
The Cinebench R15 tests revealed that AMD’s chip is a smidge faster than the Intel competition. At stock frequencies, the Threadripper 2990X managed to score 6234 points, while Intel’s 28-core scored only 5912 points. However, since the Chinese testers were limited to a standard water cooler, when overclocked at 4.12 GHz, the AMD chip scored 6399, which is considerably behind the 28-core from Intel OC-ed to 5 GHz that managed to score 7334 points. Keep in mind that Intel used a highly customized water cooler to push the 28-core to 5 GHz, and the usual solutions should only allow for ~4.2 GHz frequencies.
The gen 2 Threadripper chips are expected to launch later this summer, but AMD has not offered any pricing information up until now.