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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X – AMD's core competency put to the test

Yes, so for a good read- time: The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X has a whopping 16 cores, or 32 threads, 2 TB of addressable memory (which you couldn't even theoretically use in the absence of suitable 256 GB modules), ... Since it is difficult to get a pronounced server CPU for gaming optimally fit, AMD has provided in the Ryzen Master Tool a so-called game mode, which should help the Ryzen Threadripper to offer more performance in the current games. En... The AI test of Civilization VI is not a prime example of the Ryzen threadripper. Only the combination of overclocking and game mode (but only then) surpasses at least the Core i7-7820X. In the VRMark you can find the hierachia between the ... Frames per second Clock goes before core count, whereby the subtleties in detail again matter. Average and minimum FPS values are not everything. Nevertheless, all Ryzen Threadripper perform quite acceptable. The FPS history as a cure... Frames per second Clock again precedes core count, a typical symptom especially for older DX11 titles or Games whose engines don't really scale well with the number of possible threads. The FPS history as curves over the entire ru... Frames per second Why aren't we surprised? Clock is again (almost) everything, so that even the performance of the overclocked CPUs does not really surprise us. However, we refer to our detailed lists below, because also ... Frames per second Hitman (2106) is an Intel domain, which hasn't changed with Ryzen Threadripper. The differences in this benchmark are really serious. Despite or just because of DirectX12?  The fact is, however, that from approx. 140 FPS about... Frames per second The stronger CPUs are not so far apart in the end, which may also be due to the fact that the graphics card already starts to limit easily. However, despite the higher clock speed, the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X can not... Frames per second All CPUs are at a similarly high level, but there are differences. The FPS history as curves over the entire run looks like this when comparing all CPUs: Total Listing: Frame Times, Variance... Frames per second All CPUs are almost the same, which of course is also due to the graphics card. However, it also shows very nicely that you don't always have to have the thickest CPU to swim with older titles at the top. ... Frames per second Clock goes over core count and Intel dominates AMD. The differences are sometimes really serious. The FPS history as curves over the entire run looks like this when comparing all CPUs: Total listing: Frame Times, Va... Frames per second Clock goes over core count and Intel dominates AMD again - it's a similar image to Project Cars. The differences are mainly found in the Frame Times and their variances, but also the more detailed consideration of the... Frames per second We'll again forgo the game's slightly crashed DX12 mode and prefer to measure with the IX11 implementation. No matter which rendering path, AMD must beat the Intel CPUs in all variants. That doesn't mean it... Frames per second At first glance, the differences are rather marginal, because even with Ultra-HD, graphics-side limitations already occur. Nevertheless, it has above all the frame time and its variances in itself. Clock goes before Kerna... Important preliminary remark on CPU selection and overclocking Contrary to our usual handling, not benchmarking the productive areas with overclocked CPUs, as it is also rather unlikely in reality, this time we have both Ryze... 2D Performance In order to better understand some of the later results, we are putting forward a good old acquaintance. With our GDI/GDI+ benchmark, we are first testing two different output methods for 2D objects, how to... CPU Performance: Workstation Of course, in the production area, not only the 3D graphics performance is important in the production area for the just-set applications, because many things are calculated by the CPU in parallel within these applications (Simu... For these test series, we use benchmarks from the rather versatile SPECwpc suite for workstations, which rely on very different mathematical calculations, which on the one hand can be perfectly parallelized and where it is at the same time a... The right cooling is important! One thing in advance: AMD dispenses with thermal paste between Die and IHS at the Ryzen Threadripper, but relies on the good old lot. This will open up completely new perspectives for us later on in the case of overclocking. En... Introduction We determine the performance values of the package in a special sensor loop, i.e. exactly the value for what is absorbed by the CPU in terms of power and then almost completely returned to the cooling system as heat. Surely it would be unfair and hateful if AMD were simply to be assumed, as with the Vega Frontier Edition, that everything that does not make it to the top positions in gaming is simply as productive hardware for the so-called prosumer (o...

Surely it would be unfair and hateful if AMD, as with the Vega Frontier Edition, were simply to imply that everything that does not make it to the top positions in gaming is simply as a productive hardware for the so-called prosumer (often also content creators). and then simply basks in a newly created niche on the self-created top spot.

In the end, the calculus and method behind the current strategy is quite important, even if you may not recognize it at first glance, even though the whole architecture itself is quite conclusive. Life isn't just about gaming, it's also about it. Ryzen Threadripper is actually a kind of wanderer between the worlds, which is definitely not without charm.

All those who do not (only) play, together with the X399 platform, are offered a rather high-performance working environment, which leaves nothing to be desired in its mix. Not even in terms of price, but that doesn't mean AMD has to sell under the same price. The fact that Intel has reacted here in the meantime shows once again how seriously one can, even must, take the current processor family.

But all the euphoria about the core flood doesn't mean that the Ryzen Threadripper could now be recommended to anyone without restriction. The only gamer, who as an enthusiast is on the hunt for the highest FPS values from early to late and does not have to look at the money, will bite into the table edge disappointed, because that is exactly what the Ryzen Threadrippers do not offer.

Conception, architecture and positioning stand in the way of this. But what also clearly shows us that current games, at least as far as the CPU is concerned, still lag far behind the current technical possibilities. The almost exclusive fixation on graphics cards may be one of the reasons, the necessary effort to completely redesign engines while remaining mass compatible, another.

Which brings us to our assessment. Ryzen Threadripper can do one thing really well: work. When it comes to many tasks that are as parallel as possible, be it video encoding or rendering photorealistic content, Ryzen Threadripper is the first choice if the application used is not completely fixed to Intel features. and has been compiled in this way. And if several applications have to run in parallel? All the better, because exactly then both Ryzen Threadripper swell to the high form.

We played Mafia 3 on 4K in our own attempt, at the same time re-encoded a long 4K video with Adobe's Media Encoder and also run a virtual machine, which we could access via remote desktop. Everything went more or less without problems! And it is precisely in such a moment that the sense or nonsense of such a CPU opens up to you. But only then.

And it is precisely this limitation that makes us award the award specifically for the target group of self-declared multitaskers, because only they will be able to understand what Ryzen Threadripper can fulfil. Pure gamers don't find what they're looking for here, but they shouldn't. Last donkey vs. City speedsters or racing cars – life in categories can actually be quite simple. Especially since the price is still right.

The 1000 Euros for the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X as a real 16-core are a battle announcement to Intel and also to the inner self with the must-have addictive factor, which irons out all financial concerns with a gesture of nonchalance. But even the slightly higher-clocking Ryzen Threadripper 1920X with the remaining 12 cores will surely find its customers for the colporting 800 Euros. Thus, the price additionally separates the mass of players from the mass of cores and threads, whereby hardly any current games can benefit from such an expansion. So from this point of view, AMD has done a lot of things right and hardly anything wrong. Congratulations!

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Igor Wallossek

Editor-in-chief and name-giver of igor'sLAB as the content successor of Tom's Hardware Germany, whose license was returned in June 2019 in order to better meet the qualitative demands of web content and challenges of new media such as YouTube with its own channel.

Computer nerd since 1983, audio freak since 1979 and pretty much open to anything with a plug or battery for over 50 years.

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