We already knew that AMD will be releasing their second generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors, promising core/thread counts of up to 32 cores and 64 threads, a 2x boost over their previous generation. Which looks like we are entering a core count war with Intel set to launch a 28-core CPU a chip that is likely based on the Xeon Platinum 8180 counterpart.
Apart from the core count, we haven't known a great deal about the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X. However, HKEPC claims to have had a demo of the new chip allowing them to confirm some details about the new chip.
Similar to the Ryzen 7 2700X, AMD's Threadripper 2990X will reportedly offer a maximum boost clock speed of 4.2GHz and a base frequency of 3.0GHz, allowing the CPU to maintain a TDP of 250W, a 70W increase over their 1st Generation Threadripper 1950X 16-core processor. All-core load clock speeds are said to be 3.4GHz.
It is believed the new CPU should be overclockable to 4.1GHz on all cores, but only with high-end liquid cooling solutions. Existing X299 motherboards will be compatible with AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation processors.
Other details include 16 MB of L2 and 64 MB of L3 cache which rounds up to a total of 80 MB of available cache on a single chip.
AMD's Ryzen 2nd Generation Threadripper processors will release in Q3 and it is expected that there will be a 16-core 2950X and 24-core 2970X processor launched too.