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Ryzen Threadripper Sixteen Core 2950X 4.4GHz (Socket TR4) Processor - Retail
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper is back! The second generation of the flagship series has returned in the shape of the Threadripper 2950X, with the Texas-based manufacturer putting 16 cores of processing power on the CPU die to retake the crown in the High-End Desktop Segment (HEDT). Up to 64 PCIe 3.0 Lanes are placed at the disposal of the 2000- series Threadripper CPU, with both gaming PCs and workstations - especially the latter - benefiting from the additional connectivity for workstations with dual high-end graphics paired with multiple NVMe PCIe SSDs.
Additionally, 1 TB DDR4-RAM is supported and can operate in Quad-Channel Mode with native frequencies of up to 2933 MHz supported, so as to provide the capacities necessary for professional applications and server functions when it comes to memory. Depending on the motherboard, memory with markedly higher clock frequencies can be used when overclocking in order to unlock even greater performance from the Ryzen Threadripper.
The AMD Ryzen TR 2950X 16-Core Processor at a Glance:
- 16 "Zen+" cores with 180 Watt Thermal Design Power (TDP)
- 32 Threads thanks to Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT)
- Very high single- and multi-threaded performance
- Base clock of 3.5 GHz & 4.4 GHz Turbo with Precision Boost
- With XFR's automatic overclocking function
- Unlocked multiplier for manual overclocking (unlocked CPU)
- Large Unified Memory Cache: combines 40 MB L2- and L3 Cache
- Highly-efficient, non-planar 12-Nanometer FinFET transistors
- AVX2 Instruction Set Extensions for complex vector calculations
- Two AES units for fast, reliable data encryption
- Modern TR4 platform with extensive feature set
- Supports energy-efficient DDR4-RAM (Quad-Channel)
Boxed version without CPU cooler!
AMD Zen - Scalable Architecture with Precision Boost Technology
The Threadripper 2950X is a "Zen+"-generation processor with 16 physical CPU cores which, thanks to Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT), are capable of processing two threads each simultaneously. This means that the total number of cores is increased by an additional 16 virtual cores to make for 32 cores effectively. The 16-core CPU operates at a clock frequency of 3.5 GHz per core which, utilising Precision Boost, can be adjusted in precise real-time increments in accordance with the exact needs of the task in hand - irrespective of whether this is in the context of games or applications. The CPU can adjust itself on-the-fly in small 25 MHz increments while remaining within the TDP up to a Turbo of 4.4 GHz.As a result, the chip architecture operates both cooler and more quietly than its predecessor while also being specially optimised and adapted for high frequencies. Energy efficiency has undergone marked improvements to ensure optimal functioning of the high number of CPU cores alongside their relatively high clock speeds, meaning that the processor is successful in remaining within its modest 180 Watt TDP. The impressive specifications of the processor demonstrate like none other the extent to which AMD's investment in technology and product development have really paid off, and this is why - in comparison to its Excavator predecessor - massive Instruction Per Clock performance increases (IPC) are possible in both classic single-threaded applications as well as in highly parallelised multi-threaded applications. The result is a CPU capable of maintaining the greatest possible performance under any and all eventualities.
The silicon utilises the advanced 12 nm FinFET manufacturing process lithographed with stabled transistors (also known as 3D transistors). The dramatic reduction in node scaling results in more space being available for utilisation on the processor die itself, and the size of the Threadripper CPU itself enables the integration of a total of 8 MB Level 2 Cache and a full 32 MB of Level 3 Cache. Due to the intelligently controlled cache buffer and "Smart Prefetch" algorithms, Ryzen is perfect for responsive data access times and ultra-fast calculations in all use case scenarios - whether in gaming and virtual reality or cloud computing and virtualisation.
Extended Frequency Range (XFR) for Automatic Overclocking
Manual overclocking is no longer something that owners of AMD's Ryzen Threadripper series need concern themselves with, this is because the CPU regulates the entire process of its own volition: The AMD Ryzen: the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is equipped with revolutionary automatic overclocking that goes by the name of Extended Frequency Range (XFR). This means the CPU's frequency can exceed by leaps and bounds the factory-established Boost Clock limits - that is while the chip is supplied with sufficient cooling at any rate. As soon as the CPU's integrated sensors detect an increase in cooling capacity, the Ryzen CPU adjusts its frequencies in accordance with the cooling solution available.Intervention on behalf of the user is therefore unnecessary - overclocking has never been so easy! Depending on whether the processor receives air cooling courtesy of a relatively diminutive boxed cooler or a larger tower- or dual-tower cooler, high-end AiO- or custom water cooling, or even with extreme solutions such as liquid nitrogen (LN2), XFR unlocks unlimited clock frequencies in the premium and enthusiast segments depending on the cooling performance available.
Unlocked CPU: Straightforward Overclocking due to Unlocked Multiplier
AMD Ryzen CPUs also come "unlocked" and offer - like the "Black Editions" and "K" variants of earlier series - an unlocked multiplier. As a result, overclockers are empowered to achieve high clock frequencies with surprisingly little effort simply via the BIOS or UEFI, or alternatively by means of software tools. That said, a compatible motherboard with an OC-compatible chipset like the AMD X399 series and adequate cooling are required.
Cutting-Edge TR4 Platform with Extensive Features
Motherboards utilising the LGA TR4 socket serve as a platform for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper range of CPUs and offer the latest connectivity options. The CPU itself possesses 12 dedicated PCI-Express 3.0 lanes for connectivity with SATA- or PCI-Express SSDs in M.2- or U.2 formats while also offering support for the unique NVM-Express Protocol (NVMe for short). An additional 48 lanes of PCIe 3.0 connectivity deliver more than enough bandwidth for up to four high-end gaming graphics cards. Additional PCIe lanes for further storage devices, expansion cards and peripherals are available depending on the motherboard's chipset. The TR4 platform even brings new and improved external device connections such as USB 3.1 Gen 2 with Type-A and/or Type-C connectors to enable high data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s.
The integrated memory controller of the CPU on TR4 motherboards additionally support fast and energy-efficient DDR4-RAM operating in Quad-Channel Mode either with or without ECC memory. Using AMD Ryzen Threadripper's "Pure Power" sensors, the CPU is capable of continuously monitoring temperatures, voltages and frequencies in order to achieve a perfectly tailored balance of energy consumption against the use case scenario. Furthermore, when it comes to SIMDs (Instruction Sets), AMD draws far ahead of the competition and is a master of AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions). These mathematical calculations go hand-in-hand with scientific simulations, video editing, as well as image- and audio editing. The massive performance benefits on offer also assist with heavy video gaming and multimedia applications, at least in so far as the respective application is capable of utilising said features.
- This pertains to a "WOF" boxed version without a bundled CPU cooler
- Attention: Older Socket TR4 motherboards require a BIOS Update, in order to function with Threadripper CPUs.
- Attention: Due to the size of the Ryzen Threadripper CPU, the TR4 LGA socket is markedly different from previous sockets. Please read the instructions carefully prior to installing the CPU and motherboard!
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
Zen+ (Pinnacle Ridge)
Manufacturing Node: 12 nm FinFET
- CPU Cores: 16 / 32 (physical / virtual)
- CPU Frequency:
Base Clock: 3.5 GHz
Boost Frequency: max. 4.4 GHz (Precision Boost)
OC Frequency: 4.4+ GHz (XFR automated)
- Level 2 Cache: 8 MB
- Level 3 Cache: 32 MB
- Integrated PCI Express 3.0 Lanes:
x64 (x4 for chipset, x48 for GPU, x12 for NVMe-SSDs)
Memory Controller: internal
Memory Channels: 4
Memory Standard: DDR4 (ECC & non-ECC)
- TDP: 180 Watt
- Socket Compatibility: TR4
- Instruction Set Extensions:
SMT (Simultaneous Multithreading)
X86-64 (64-Bit AMD64 CPU)
AMD-V (Compute Virtualisation)
VT-Vi (I/O MMU Virtualisation)
2x AES Units (Encryption)
AVX & AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions)
NX-Bit (virus protection) & EVP (Expanded Virus Protection)
TBT 3.0 (Turbo Core 3.0)
- Special Feature: