AMD at its Computex 2018 presser unveiled the 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper (HEDT) high-end desktop processors. Just like current Threadrippers, these new processors are also multi-chip modules of four 12 nm 8-core “Pinnacle Ridge” dies, with up to 32 cores, and SMT enabling up to 64 threads. Much like the first-generation Threadripper family, there could be 16-core, 12-core, and 8-core SKUs; in addition to 24-core, 28-core, and 32-core ones.
Though Its remains to be seen how AMD going to wires the memory lanes of two extra dies on the X399 platform. In all likelihood, we will see new motherboards with a new TR4 socket with backward-compatibility with 1st generation Threadripper processors, but having 8-channel memory slots.
The 2nd generation chips feature higher clock-speeds, and all of the “Zen+” features introduced by “Pinnacle Ridge,” including Precision Boost II and XFR 2.0. AMD put up a demo of the chip challenging Intel’s top-dog Core i9-7980XE, which has two more cores than it. This probably explains why Intel revealed a 28-core HEDT SKU yesterday. AMD stated that the lineup is en route Q3-2018 launch.