32-Core AMD Threadripper 2990WX

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An AMD Threadripper processor

Have you read anything about the new AMD Threadripper 2990WX?  It has 32 processing cores.  That’s right, 32 cores in a non-server setting.  I… want… one.  Will I buy one?  Well, not yet.  Here’s why:

In my  production rig, ROI (Return on Investment) is a major factor, and I can’t yet justify the cost.

This 32-core monster (get it from Amazon) may clock in at 4.2Ghz, but it also clocks in a US$1,799.00.  Even though the most bogged down part of my workflow is audio and video processing, encoding, and transcoding, I still cant justify the cost.  I mean, after all, this price tag is just for the processor, so I’d need to replace my motherboard, memory, and even my power supply as this highest-end Threadripper pulls 250 watts.  Oh, and the proccessor doesn’t come with any cooling, but that’s find because water cooling is a must with a beast such as this.  Even my 8-core FX-8350 overheats with even the best fan-only coolers.

I’ll wait to see what happens to the price over time, but I don’t get the sense that it will be dropping any significant amount any time soon.  Until then, I can dream.


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