Cores, cores, and more cores: AMD is delivering more cores than ever in the 2990WX and 2950X, and they found a way to give consumers 32-cores and 64-threads in a consumer CPU. The amount of cores is mind-boggling and more than most people need, and they are priced well.
2990WX for Specific Workloads: The 2990WX is a professional creator's CPU, designed with specific content creation applications in mind, and it does very well with those applications.
2950X: The 2950X is an excellent replacement for the 1950X. It will cost $100 less at launch than the 1950X did, it offers more performance, and it boosts up to faster speeds. It is much more capable and launches with a lot more value than the 1950X did.
AMD's Platform: Almost all X399 motherboards have the same PCI-E slot layout with support for four PCI-E devices that don't share bandwidth and three M.2 slots all running at PCI-E 3.0 x4. We should also mention that the X399 motherboards you might have had with your 1000-series Threadripper CPUs will also support your new 2000-series Threadripper CPU with a simple BIOS update.
Precision Boost Overdrive:Precision Boost Overdrive is impressive. It increases performance across the board by a huge amount, mainly because it removes power restrictions. Just make sure to keep an eye on your power bill.
Hot: Both CPUs boast very large TDPs and power consumption numbers, especially when you enable Precision Boost Overdrive. In fact, enabling Precision Boost Overdrive will require top-notch cooling, but also stress your motherboard's VRM, but the performance gains are substantial.
X399 for 2990WX: If you are going to buy and use a 2990WX we highly recommend buying one of the newer X399 motherboards such as the X399 Aorus Xtreme, MEG X399 Creation, or Zenith Extreme with cooling kit.
The performance of the 2990WX is interesting, at some points it's extremely impressive, and at other points, it's less impressive. That is basically because of the way the dies are connected, which results in long pathways to certain cores/dies. In applications that produce content, such as Cinema 4D (CINEBENCH), we see excellent performance, and that leads us to an important point; if you need the 2990WX you probably are a professional that uses mostly professional grade software. It will also be eyed by those who do a lot of virtualization because of its high core count. The 2950X is a different story; it's designed for people who do a multitude of things and need more cores.
The 2950X is a much more versatile CPU, and it's priced very competitively. We already went over Threadripper's gaming performance in previous reviews, and the same thing stands; it's not the CPU for you if gaming is your main concern. However, with the gaming mode (single die with local memory access), the CPU will game with higher performance. Overall, we strongly recommend the 2950X for those of you who need more cores, a strong platform, and a versatile CPU. We also recommend the 2990WX, but for those people who use specific applications related to professional-grade content creation and other workstation applications, or for those people who want the bragging rights. Just be prepared to dish out some funds for a proper motherboard and cooling setup.
If you know exactly what applications you will use and the 2990WX performs well in them, then it will be your CPU of choice. However, if you want a versatile, high-core-count, high-speed CPU, then we highly recommend the 2950X.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: If you know exactly what applications you will use and the 2990WX performs well in them, then it will be your CPU of choice. However, if you want a versatile, high-core count, high-speed CPU, then we highly recommend the 2950X.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Threadripper Technologies]
- 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, ScienceMark & More]
- Page 6 [Synthetic Gaming Performance: UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 7 [Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider & More]
- Page 8 [Overclocking and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]