• Architecture: Ryzen
  • Cores: 24-cores/48-threads
  • Process: 12nm
  • Base Clock: 3GHz
  • Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
  • Cache: 64MB
  • TDP: 250W
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Packed with useful technologies
  • Cons:
  • Tedious assembly

We Can All Create

Processors have been evolving over the years, from large pieces of silicon with a single core then to smaller pieces of silicon with dual cores, and after many years we can easily find four cores in a small sized processor. Technology has even advanced to a point where you can fit 4 cores into a small package, and that’s why we have the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor that has reached its second generation.

The Threadripper we snagged this month was the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX with 24-cores and 48-threads, ready to take on the hardest jobs you can throw at it. What comes new with the processor is a line-up of features collectively known as AMD SenseMI technology. SenseMI allows the processor to have optimised power consumption while using Precision Boost 2 to quickly raise clockspeeds for increased performance, and much more.

Believe it or not there's 24-cores in this bad boy

Believe it or not there’s 24-cores in this bad boy

In short SenseMI helps the processor to adapt their performance and efficiency according to your applications through intelligent technology. The 2970WX is targeted towards content creators, engineers and editors who need to render, design, mix, edit, compose and model during their projects. The massive 24-cores provides incredible performance while rendering and also in other tasks, scoring really high when it came to Cinebench benchmarks and converting video files in short times with Handbrake.

Performance is further optimised using Dynamic Local Mode, which automatically migrates the system’s most demanding application threads onto the cores. It not only showed an increase in frames in games, but also shorter times when compiling with engines like Unreal Engine. But if that isn’t enough performance, the processor is unlocked and is capable of being overclocked manually, or by the built in XFR technology that will use extra voltage to increase clocks until it hits a certain temperature.

When you have something of this level, it's no joke to keep it safe

When you have something of this level, it’s no joke to keep it safe

Other than performance, the 2970WX comes in a grand package. Protected by a multitude of hard cases, it comes with a torque screwdriver that is necessary if you wish to install the processor into the motherboard. Installation is slightly tedious as you need to unscrew the lock for the processor, but once it’s done you’re set, although it could be bother if you had to keep swapping it out.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX is one of the best processors when it comes to content creation, and it’s hard not to recommend it to anyone that needs to get the job done.

(to be published in issue February 2019)