The Ryzen Threadripper 3970X really eats up power, just like its predecessor the 2990WX, but it uses slightly more and that is with Performance Boost Overdrive disabled. However, AMD is pretty good with its TDP numbers as they rate this CPU at 280W.
As of now, we are not going to be overclocking the 3970X. Our thermal solution is already almost exhausted even at stock, however, enabling XMP to 3600MHz with a 64GB dual rank kit would have been impossible on previous Threadripper CPUs, but is easily accomplished here.
We recommend turning on Performance Boost Overdrive if you want to easily boost performance, as it is basically like out of the box automatic overclocking that depends on CPU temperature and motherboard design as guidance on how much to boost frequency.
Here we have it enabled with XMP enabled, but performance uplifts aren't really seen as thermal headroom is almost non-existent.
Last updated: Nov 26, 2019 at 06:11 am CST
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- Page 2 [The CPU and Test Setup]
- Page 3 [CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
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- Page 5 [UNIGINE and 3DMark]
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