AMD embraced the new x86 Zen architecture with the launch of the Threadripper platform last year. Compared to the already existing Ryzen series of chips, the Threadripper offered more cores at a price that wouldn’t be too heavy on your pocket. The next generation of Threadripper CPUs have been announced and will be available starting Q3 2018, with an updated 12nm Zeppelin architecture, better boost and faster cache.
AMD’s Zeppelin has eight cores out of which the first gen Threadripper used two. Inside the CPU, there are four silicon chips, two active and two inactive. For the second generation of the Threadripper chipsets, which AMD is calling the Threadripper 2000-series, AMD has converted the two inactive chips to active ones, resulting in 8×4 which is 32 cores compared to the 16 on the first gen.
According to a slide released by AMD, here are a couple of factoids.
- The 24-core and 32-core sample CPUs are clocked at 3.0GHz (base frequency) and 3.4GHz all-core turbo.
- The 32-core system is equipped with DDR4-3200 memory compared to the Ryzen processors based on the same 12nm Zeppelin dies which maxed out at DDR4-2933.
- The codename for the processor family is “Colfax”.
- Even though the Thermal Design Power (TDP) is high, both CPUs used in AMD’s demos were air-cooled, using AMD’s Wraith Ripper Air Cooler.
A few other announcements at the event included the state of play of motherboards. The new Threadripper series-2000 processors are said to have a peak TDP rating of up to 250W, which is substantially higher than the 180W rating on the 1950X. Due to this, several motherboard vendors reported that some of the current X399 motherboards on the market might struggle with power delivery to the new parts, and so we are likely to see a motherboard refresh. Other specifications such as PCIe lane counts are expected to remain the same.
The pricing of the new Threadripper series-2000 CPUs hasn’t been released yet. As stated earlier, the launch might take place in a couple of months as we’re not too far away from the beginning of Q3 2018. If priced right, the Threadripper series-2000 might be a very compelling option for powerful desktop PCs at workstations.