337 02.10.2018

All hail the new king of desktop processors – AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2090WX!

Last year’s Ryzen Threadripper 1950X was a great processor, and money-wise it provided better value than Intel’s top proposal. However, overall it was weaker in the end.

This time the AMD team have outdone themselves. They have succeeded in increasing the number of cores in Threadripper 2090WX from 16 to 32 cores. As a result, there was a strong performance boost. Now Threadripper 2090WX is the best desktop processor out there, beating Intel’s Core i9-7980XE.

Specs comparison:

Brand

AMD

INTEL

Product’s name

TR 2990WX

Core i9-7980XE

Core/Threads

32/64

18/36

Base clock/Boost

3.0/4.2

2.6/4.4

L3 Cache

64 MB

24.75 MB

PCIe 3.0

64 (4 to PCH)

44

DRAM

Quad DDR4-2933

Quad DDR4-2666

TDP

250 W

140 W

Price

1799 USD

1999 USD

Both processors support multi-threading. Intel has the edge over AMD in performance per core, but in the multi-threading tasks such as compression, rendering, and transcoding the Threadripper is the winner. AMD also has ECC memory support for auto detection and correction of errors in data that professionals appreciate.

Both processors allow overclocking. Intel shows a bit better results, but AMD has an automated process called PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive) that give you that extra power when you need it.

AMD

AMD

Intel

Intel

Name of the benchmark

TR 2990WX

TR 2990WX PBO

Core i9-7980XE

Core i9-7980XE @4.2

Cinebench R15
Multi-core

5175

5840

3363

4126

Cinebench R15
Single-core

170

173

192

188

7-Zip 17.01
Decompression Multi-core

148957

166872

87697

107843

Adobe Creative Cloud 2.0
Score (PCMark 8)

4765

5498

4780

5575

HandBrake (sec.) version 0.10.5,
x264, 4.19GB .MKV to MP4

595

573

466

370

Corona 1.3
Ray Tracing (sec.)

39

36

54

45

Blender “Ryzen”
200 Pixels Sample Size
32 Pixels Tile Size (sec.)

14.55

12.81

21.23

18.32

FPS (average) Cilivization VI
1920×1080, DX12, High Settings

87.2

94.8

108.1

110

FPS (average) GTA V, 1920×1080,
DX11, Ultra Settings

83.1

90.7

94.9

103.9

The benchmark have been conducted by https://www.tomshardware.com/

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX sure is a beast. It excels in performance, and its price is quite attractive. From what we’ve seen so far about AMD, it is definitely a good processor for heavy work that will have long-term support.

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