If you’re on the market for some serious performance and money is no object then consider AMD’s bonkers 32-core, 64-thread Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX chip which the company unveiled back in June. The chip is now available for pre-order. It’s based on AMD’s 12nm Zen+ core architecture and is fully compatible with existing X399 AMD motherboards.
The kind of performance that this chip offers will certainly be overkill for the average PC user. That’s why AMD mentions that this chip is best suited to PC enthusiasts, creators, and developers. It’s great for those who use apps such as Creative Cloud from Adobe that can truly benefit from the multi-threaded CPUs.
AMD also points out that this chip clinched the world record in Cinebench’s multi-threaded CPU test. It scored 7,519 in the single-socket desktop CPU category. That was made possible by liquid-cooling the chip with nitrogen, though, and also bumping up the clock speed to 5.1 GHz.
The 3.0GHz 2990WX chip can reach up to 4.2 GHz in boost mode so there’s going to be plenty of power under the hood as it is. All of this performance does come at a price, though. AMD has priced it at $1,799 which is more than what most would spend on an entire PC, let alone a single chip.