...the 2970WX slots in neatly below the 2990WX and, at £1,200, offers multi-core goodness that is outside the capabilities of the £2,000 Core i9-7980XE.
AMD heralded real progress in the many-core CPU landscape by releasing numerous Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper CPUs over the course of the last 18 months.
Filling out the 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper catalogue today by releasing the 2970WX and 2920X, AMD has strengthened its grip on massive-core CPUs primed for professional rendering and extreme multitasking.
The 2970WX slots in neatly below the 2990WX and, at £1,200, offers multi-core goodness that is outside the capabilities of the £2,000 Core i9-7980XE. Though not as strong in light-load instances and generally slower when gaming at 1080p, it's a fine choice for those that can't stretch to the range-topping processor yet need massive CPU performance.
Decent overclocking potential, for an AMD chip at least, means that it has the ability to tear through heavy-duty applications with ease, though we still reckon it makes sense for most to look further down the stack where performance is more predictable.
A case in point is the 2920X, bringing 2nd Gen Threadripper to a £600 price point, with the ability to scale up to more-core processors through the same TR4 platform used by all of AMD's high-end brigade.
Buying advice is actually more nebulous for this processor because it competes against the very best mainstream chips that are available on cheaper platforms. The recent Core i9-9900K may not be as fast in absolutely CPU-limited scenarios, but it is a better bet for gaming and more general workloads.
Bottom line: the retail arrival of two further Ryzen Threadrippers continues to give Intel serious headaches in the ultra-premium space.
Strong multi-core performance
Threadripper has never been cheaper
2970WX so-so gaming
Limited OC potential for 2920X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X
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