This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X.
It Rips Threads for Dinner: When you need thread ripping power, look towards AMD's Threadripper CPUs. At $1000, you get 16 cores and 32 threads of processing power, while the competition only offers 10 cores and 20 threads. For a few hundred less, you lose 4 cores and 8 threads, but still get a whopping 12 cores and 24 threads. When applications can use all threads, and use them to their maximum, Threadripper is almost unstoppable. The same can be said if you are running multiple applications, each of which takes up a lot of cores/threads, but we haven't had enough time to test that as we didn't get samples until a little over a week ago.
Top 5% of Ryzen Dies and Overclocking: AMD claims that Threadripper CPUs use the top 5% of Ryzen dies, and I believe them. Typically, higher core count CPUs don't overclock high, and typically have lower clocks than lower core count counterparts. Not only do the 1950X and 1920X have some of the highest boost frequencies among AMD's Zen core lineup (includes Ryzen 3, 5, and 7), but they also overclock to 4GHz and above with ease. Memory overclocking is also super easy, and I am not sure if this is because of BIOS optimizations from X370, or the fact that maybe AMD also looks at IMC quality to support high-density modules, and it doesn't matter because it overclocks with ease.
Lower Level Customization: AMD realized that in a fixed mode, the Threadripper CPU could be greatly limited, and so in their Ryzen Master software, AMD added in two options. One of them allows for memory to be in distributed or localized modes to the cores, the former better for content creators while the latter should be better for gaming. Another mode allows for legacy operation, where the CPU turns off one die and routes all four memory channels to a single die, cutting core count in half, but making it easy for games to take advantage of the cores in a good way. AMD has a Creator Mode set as default, and a Gaming Mode next to it, so you can easily switch between the two.
AMD's Optimization Potential: We have seen first-hand how AMD has greatly improved their performance numbers in applications through optimizations. We have also seen AMD improve performance and overclocking potential through BIOS updates, and I am sure we will see the same with Threadripper.
Gaming Performance: I have had friends actually think AMD has marketed Threadripper as a gaming CPU, and that is just not the case. Threadripper is not a gaming CPU; it's made for the HEDT market, which mainly consists of content creators or those who multitask without concern for system resources. While Threadripper can play games, and with enough FPS for smooth game play in most games, it still could use some optimizations.
What's there to say? The benchmarks have said it all; Threadripper is excellent when you have many threads that need to be processed. Whether or not Threadripper is for you depends on the applications and use-cases you will use the CPU most for. Do you have a program that uses many threads and uses them to their maximum? Then there is probably no better option at this time.
Do you play a lot of games and do little else? Then perhaps you should look elsewhere. Do you mix a lot of single threaded, multithreaded, and applications that like frequency? Then perhaps you should do more studying, and it might be 50/50. We need more time to explore this use case. Do you multitask or single task? All these questions should be in a flow chart that I hope to produce in the coming weeks ahead.
Threadripper looks like it would be excellent for heavy multitasking, where you might be playing a game at the same time you stream the gameplay and do other things in the background, but with limited test time, we weren't able to explore that option (we will soon). Threadripper also has a ton of potential if AMD can do for Threadripper what they did for Ryzen. AMD also offers you options to improve Threadripper's gaming performance, and while some of those are built into software, you can always get a free boost by grabbing a 3200MHz memory kit and enabling auto memory overclocking to 3200MHz.
I was impressed with the way AMD can drop so many cores and threads on the market at relatively affordable rates. If you need threads, then you need The Thread Ripper.
The Bottom Line: There is no way to overlook the extraordinary multi-threaded performance numbers that AMD's Threadripper 1950X and 1920X bring to the table. If you're always in need for more threads, look no further.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Threadripper Internal Configurations]
- Page 3 [The CPU and Test Setup]
- Page 4 [Out of the Box Performance: CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 5 [Out of the Box Performance: Handbrake Video Transcoding, ScienceMark, and SuperPI]
- Page 6 [Out of the Box Synthetic Gaming Performance: UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 7 [Out of the Box Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, GTA:V, Ashes of the Singularity]
- Page 8 [Overclocking and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]