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Review: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X

by Tarinder Sandhu on 7 February 2020, 14:01

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Conclusion

One needs to move away from the desktop and think of the server space when fully evaluating this unique chip.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X stands as a shining testament to how far the company has come in the HEDT computing space. For many years relegated to playing minion to Intel's Core powerhouses, the latest slew of 'rippers turn the tables in blockbuster style.

Performance from this 64-core, 128-thread beast is suitably electric. In applications that can take full advantage of its muscle, it is approaching 3x the speed of Intel's finest Core i9 HEDT offering. That's not mere victory; that's annihilation.

It's so fast, in fact, that at stock speeds it's in the top 0.1 per per cent of all systems - multi-CPU or otherwise - for select rendering applications. Are we surprised? Not really, as it's effectively a top-line 2nd Gen Epyc clothed differently.

Complemented by a class-leading platform, TRX40, there will be nothing faster in the HEDT space for a while. And why should there be, as this platform offers premier 2P server-like CPU performance for a lot less money.

Yet there are considerations to be aware of. Those looking at this chip need to ensure their workloads can span the entire 128 threads. If not, the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is the better bet, particularly if program completion time is counted in minutes rather than hours. And it gets very thirsty, very quickly, when overclocking.

One needs to move away from the desktop and think of the server space when fully evaluating this unique chip. For businesses whose compute requirement was previously expressed by dual Xeons, with little need for a terabyte of memory, AMD, even at $3,990, offers a real alternative at a fraction of the price. If you can find a genuine use for its intrinsic power, this is a remarkable processor.

The Good
 
The Bad
Emperor of multi-threaded apps
Pushes HEDT to new heights
Feature-rich chipset
Annihilates Intel HEDT
 
Full application support needed



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utter utter beast

A very few years ago, nothing like this was even imaginable.

Now, in 2020 a mere mortal can build a PC with so much multi-thread muscle that nearly any computational task is within reach… at home in a box under your desk.

with about..what… £6k, you could load up a good board, with a ton of DDR4 and a load of quick storage, multiple monitors and render nearly anything…. utterly astounding.
Zak33
utter utter beast

A very few years ago, nothing like this was even imaginable.

Now, in 2020 a mere mortal can build a PC with so much multi-thread muscle that nearly any computational task is within reach… at home in a box under your desk.

with about..what… £6k, you could load up a good board, with a ton of DDR4 and a load of quick storage, multiple monitors and render nearly anything…. utterly astounding.

It really is quite something!
Now admittedly I'm freelance rather than big business but I'm in a bit of a weird situation on this… on the one hand, I'd love the cores etc for 3D rendering etc but at the same time I can't really see a reason to spend over £3k on just the cpu when things like GPU rendering are rapidly progressing.

Also got to be honest, I would have liked to have seen some tests about how it compares to gpu rendering in things like vray and the likes….
LSG501
Also got to be honest, I would have liked to have seen some tests about how it compares to gpu rendering in things like vray and the likes….

Edited: ah, against a GPU!

My mistake
Which version of Windows 10 did you use? There are issues with Home and Pro schedulers over 64 threads. Enterprise/Pro for workstations has fewer problems.

See: https://www.anandtech.com/show/15483/amd-threadripper-3990x-review/3

Handbrake suffers from this - try enterprise and the score increases massively.