AMD really did try with the 2990WX to offer something that was reachable for consumers that Intel wasn’t offering. I say reachable but I fully understand that an $1800 price tag isn’t exactly reachable. That and chances are that this part won’t be in stock for a while. Cool about this launch is that AMD is keeping the same motherboards. That means that you won’t have to buy anything other than the processor if you decide to upgrade.
The funny thing is that the reviewers are more impressed with the cheaper 2950X than the flagship part. For context: that 2950X is a direct replacement for the original 1950X and it turns out the better part of the two in terms of price to performance. We’ll let Steve of Hardware Unboxed explain why that is exactly.