So just when we thought that AMD Threadrippers couldn’t be more insane, we now have leaked images of tests run on a new Threadripper. It’s called the 2990x, and it’s a 32 core, 64 thread, beast of a processor which will run at a 3.4 GHz base clock speed. The images below show CPU-Z tests that AMD put on for the recent Computex trade show in Taiwan.
The processor can fit into any x399 motherboard, and after a quick firmware update you should be ready to go with this thing. Looking at the stats, the processor went up to 4 GHz when pushed. AMD tried to go a bit higher with 4.2 GHz, but the processor might have kicked in a safe mechanism since the clock remained at 4 GHz. Below is an image from Cinebench displaying the scores on the new Threadripper and a variety of other processors on the market, including Intel’s own i9 7900X.
As you can see, the Threadripper on all three accounts absolutely creams everything and even tripling the i9s score, though to no surprise it’s only got 10 cores and 20 threads. And I think it’s worth mentioning that the entire time these tests were being run, the processor was being cooled with one Corsair H150i liquid cooler, making going up to 4.12 GHz as a max an impressive feat. Currently, there is no release date for the processor yet, AMD just says that they’re in the works.
But what about Intel? This brings up an interesting situation, seeing as how they’ve been working on a new processor which will have 22 cores, still not enough to compare to what AMD’s been doing. AMD has been the core master company for years now, and it’s now that we see both the companies just going nuts with trying to put as many cores as possible into one CPU, it’s fascinating to watch, if not just a little too niche in the bigger picture. Is Intel actually trying to beat AMD in their own expertise? There’s not much to gain in the consumer market, since no one really needs processors that powerful and expensive for everyday use, only companies with workstations to build, admittedly this arms race is good for that one reason, making big-time computers more powerful, able to go through more data, you can run them through the wringer because that’s what they’re meant to do.
But if that’s the case, why are they still trying to advertise them as consumer CPUs? How many cores do you really need to play CS: GO? Are you trying to run Skyrim, GTA 5, PUBG, Fortnite, and Cuphead all at once? I see AMD advertise gaming in 2k resolution, while if you really want to get into beautiful graphics you can accomplish the same thing with an i7 and a lot of graphics cards. I’ve said it before, but I never see my processor go above 40%, with the exception of a heavily modded copy of Skyrim which really started to push the limits on just about every piece of hardware I had.
I guess we’ll have to see where this arms race is taking us, I don’t know if it’s too soon for the future of processors, but as soon as they start going for sub $300, then I’ll buy into it.