• Architecture: Ryzen
  • Cores: 16-cores
  • Process: 12nm
  • Base Clock: 3.5GHz
  • Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
  • Cache: 32MB
  • TDP: 180W
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Precision Boost 2 and XFR2
  • Cons:
  • None

Counting The Cores

Ryzen is back with their second generation Threadripper processors, pumped with upgraded features like Extended Frequency Range 2 and Precision Boost Overdrive, which can be found in the Ryzen Master tool. Will the Threadripper be able to change the playing field for those in the red camp?

The Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is based on the new AMD Zen+ 12nm architecture, which has granted upgrades in terms of clock speeds and the voltage needed at any frequency. Performance wise the 2950X is a beast, especially when it comes to multi-core performance, with benchmarks showing high scores and fast Handbrake times overall. Single core performance has also been improved over the previous generation.

The Threadripper is by no means the perfect gaming processor, since not many or in fact no games would be able to fully utilise all 16-cores on the processor. On the other hand, with that many cores a streamer would be able to stream live, do video encoding, and capture gameplay all simultaneously. So we do think that content creators should consider getting the Threadripper over a regular Ryzen 7 build if you have the budget.

The Threadripper retains its ease of use as its predecessors when used in tandem with the Ryzen Master tool. Setup of the processor hasn’t changed with the new upgrades, you still have to use a provided screwdriver to lock the processor in at three different points. As for the core clock, the Threadripper starts at a base clock of 3.5GHz and goes up to a max turbo frequency of 4.4GHz. Although we said that the processor isn’t the ideal choice for gaming, it still has decent performance comparable to the high-end Ryzen 7 processors.

With the 2950X, we had no issues getting the same high frames rates while gaming and streaming. There’s also no issues with heat generation, although power consumption is high. The temperature in a controlled environment started at around 36-degrees Celsius and when running benchmarks it hit a temperature of 55-degrees. When pushing it to the max using Prime95 for about thirty minutes, the processor averaged out at around 60-degrees so it does stay pretty cool. Not to mention, the Threadripper comes with its very own very large heatsink and it seems to be doing a good job.

CHIP CONCLUDE: May be the one of the cheaper ones in its range and does compete with Intel quite well if not better, and is highly suitable for streamers and content creators.

(to be published in issue October 2018)