What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts
This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X and 2970WX.
Moar Cores at Reasonable prices: AMD is making high core CPUs more mainstream with the 12-core 2920X; you get twelve cores for less than $700! With the 2970WX you get a very high core count CPU that scales in cost per core, and since most people don't need 32 cores, the 24 core option is a solid one.
2970WX for Specific Workloads: The 2970WX is marketed as a content creator and designer CPU, and in certain workloads, it will do quite well. It will be specific to the software program you use.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Performance Boost OverDrive, Dynamic Mode, Gamer Mode, Creator Mode, and Legacy Compatibility Mode play much like the chess pieces on the chess board in the movie. Finding the right player or mode might be a bit difficult, but in the end, the benefits are worth it for the specific task you are doing. It's nice to have the options and presets that AMD has put together.
AMD's Platform: Almost all X399 motherboards have the same PCI-E slot layout with support for four PCI-E devices and three x4 M.2 slots. Almost all X399 motherboards have the ability to flash a supported BIOS without the CPU installed, so you can flash your older X399 motherboard to be compatible with future CPUs.
Hot: While both CPUs run on the warmer side of things, the 2970WX can get really hot, about 10-20C hotter than the 2920X at equal frequencies and voltages. It also draws a lot more power.
X399 for 2970WX: With a 250W TDP we highly recommend a very good motherboard with a very good VRM, we suggest one of the new ones.
It's obvious that the 2970WX is a very specific CPU designed for specific workloads that will do better with more cores at higher frequencies than with quicker memory access, and those uses are not gaming.
AMD is no way said that the CPU is a gaming CPU, we just put it through the ringer for the data, but if you do for some reason want to play games with it, AMD provides the ability to make it a single 6-core CPU with better memory access. On the other hand, the 2920X is marketed to the mixed-use case community, and there is a gaming mode built in for it that could improve things. The addition of the Dynamic mode that in Ryzen Master 1.5 should help with medium loads, but we didn't have time to test this feature, but we will in the future.
Overall, AMD's prices are extremely competitive, and the expansion of their HEDT line up is something to be applauded. We also applaud AMD for the improvements to the Turbo frequencies with the 2920X, leading it to make its predecessor obsolete even though it has a 100MHz higher boost frequency.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: The ThreadRipper 2920X is a great successor to the 1920X, and in some cases, it matches the 1950X. The 2970WX is a decent addition to AMD's high-end workstation CPU line up and gives users other options when it comes to AMD's quad-die ThreadRipper CPUs.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [The CPU and Test Setup]
- Page 3 [Out of the Box Performance: CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 4 [Performance: Handbrake Video Transcoding, ScienceMark & More]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Gaming Performance: UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 6 [Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, GTA:V & More]
- Page 7 [Overclocking and Power Consumption]
- Page 8 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]