AMD unveils Threadripper 2: 32 cores, 64 threads, 250W TDP

Intel announced that it will launch a 28-core CPU sometime later this year, and AMD is launching its own salvo with the second-generation Threadripper, which will have an astounding 32 cores.

The first-gen Threadripper had 16 cores — featuring two eight-core dies — and Threadripper 2 will have four of these dies to make up 32 cores and 64 threads.

We're looking at the same 12nm manufacturing process, and it looks like Threadripper 2 uses the same Zeppelin silicon as the first-gen version with performance tweaks and faster clocks.

Threadripper 2 will have a maximum TDP of 250W, and will be pin-compatible with the first-generation variant, meaning you'll be able to slot in Threadripper 2 in an existing X399 motherboard.

Threadripper 2

AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Image credit: Windows Central)

You will have to flash the BIOS for the board to recognize the new CPU, but AMD's partners will roll out firmware updates to the boards in time for the launch.

As for the launch itself, AMD says Threadripper 2 will be available in Q3 2018. That should give the brand an edge over Intel, which is expected to launch its 28-core CPU sometime in Q4.

That's all we have on Threadripper 2 for now, but we should know more in the coming months. In the meantime, let me know what you think of the upcoming CPU in the comments below.

  • Ooh, this is getting intense now. Finally AMD is laying down some serious competiton. I wonder what will next year bring... at this rate we will probably get 128 Core CPUs announced in 2 years.... (16, 32, 64 and 128) Although I'm not sure how feasible that would be lol. Not to mention the insane TDP that may come with such a CPU.
  • that time 5nm process will be used. So that may help to keep the TDP in check. & some other tweaks n all from and too
  • Lol, no. Intel will still be on 10 nm, if barely. AMD will be on 2nd 7nm generation.
  • It'd also be nice to see some single-core performance increases. For most applications, this chip will be slower than what's out right now. Can we get a 6 GHz two-core/four-thread CPU?
  • Not yet. Intel is just pushing to 5 GHz, on boost that is.
  • Nice but not being a fan of liquid cooling I'm not sure if there will be an air cooler that will cope with this. Hopefully Noctua etc will get on the case!
  • Could probably strap an air conditioner to it or something!
  • Be Quiet's Dark Rock 3 Pro easily keeps up with the current AIO waterloops.
  • Bam! AMD delivers again. Even if expected, it's still great to hear. Especially them opting for the same socket. - I'll stick to my 1950X for now. Bragging about how windows would never freeze or stutter because of the many cores. Yet it still does 😄 Still very happy with it's performance though.