AMD might have looked on the verge of bringing a sword to a gunfight after Intel announced its 28-core processor yesterday, however, within 24 hours the roles have seemingly reversed. And if you ask AMD, the progress was incremental, if anything.
At Computex 2018, the company has unveiled Threadripper 2, the second-generation of its ultimate consumer processor lineup, with the star of the show being a 32-core processor with 64 threads.
Planned at The Start
AMD remarks the caricature of the 32-core flagship processor was drawn at the time of the original generation’s unveiling, which helps to understand the retaining of the 4094-pin TR4 socket. The chip was made by joining 4 dies of 8 cores each, forming a familiar-looking behemoth of a unit, which would still work in existing setups.
AMD also unveiled a second processor, which will come with 24 cores and 48 threads instead, still sitting a bar above the existing lineup. Both the chips are made on the 12nm Zen+ architecture, like the recent Ryzen chips from AMD.
Each of them is clocked at 3.0GHz by default (turbo of up to 3.4 GHz with a proper system), and have a TDP of 250W. The 24 and 32-core processors have an L3 cache of 48 and 64 MB, each.
The Threadripper 2 line will launch in the third quarter of this year, with prices yet to be announced. The current 16-core flagship Threadripper costs $999, so the 32-core chip might retail are just around twice that at most, however, would likely fall short of the prices Intel commands for its competing chips.