The Content Creator’s Choice: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920x

AMD Ryzen Threadripper launched mid-2018 giving better performance, frequency, and parts up to 32-cores. The first generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper became their stepping stone for the second generation allowing AMD to get a little bit of breathing room.

The first generation came out with 8, 12, and 16 cores, using two zeppelin die of eight cores each, then cut down for the less than 16 core part. For the second generation of AMD Ryzen Threadripper, the 8-core is removed, but they pushed for higher core counts at the top end offering 24-core and 32-core parts.

Second Generation AMD Threadripper

MODEL CORES/
THREADS
BOOST/ BASE FREQUENCY (GHZ) Total Cache (MB) TDP (WATTS) PCIe® Gen 3.0 LANES(processor / platform) SRP(PHP)
AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2990WX 32/64 4.2/3.0 80 250W 64 / 72 PHP 115,000
AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2970WX 24/48 4.2/3.0 76 250W 64 / 72 PHP 80,450
AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2950X 16/32 4.4/3.5 40 180W 64 / 72 PHP 57,500
AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2920X 12/24 4.3/3.5 38 180W 64 / 72 PHP 39,525

Performance Test

  Intel Core i7-9700K/ Intel Core i7-9900K   Intel Core i9-7900X   AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950x  AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920x
CPU  Palit Jetstream GeForce 2070 Palit  Nvidia GeForce 1080 FE  Palit Jetstream GeForce 2070 Palit  Palit Jetstream GeForce 2070 Palit
MOBO  ASUS ROG Maximus XI Extreme  X299 AORUS MASTER  ROG STRIX X399 EXTREME  ROG STRIX X399 EXTREME
RAM  HyperX Predator 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz  HyperX Predator 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz  HyperX Predator 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz  HyperX Predator 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
SSD  WD Black 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2  Micron  512GB M.2 2280 1100 series  WD Black 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 WD Black 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2
Chassis  CoolerMaster BenchTable  CoolerMaster BenchTable  CoolerMaster BenchTable  CoolerMaster BenchTable
OS  Windows 10 Pro v 1809 (October 2018 Update)  Windows 10 Pro v 1809 (October 2018 Update)  Windows 10 Pro v 1809 (October 2018 Update)  Windows 10 Pro v 1809 (October 2018 Update)

With the multi-core set up, the AMD Threadripper 2920x does a great job in pushing faster rendering times. It delivers a significant benchmark score compared to the previous generation’s second best processor. Of course, we see the performance gap between the latest Intel Core-i9 and i7 performances but these are not the direct competitors. We did test out the i9-7900x with it but we’d like to see the performance gap it would have versus the i7-9980XE if we ever get our hands on one.

CineBench R15

We used the CineBench R15 as it supports systems with up to 256 threads. The performance of processors along with their corresponding graphic cards usally are determined on the basis of 3D scenes. This software was extensively developed to exploit the performance of new hardware as much as possible.

Blender

Blender is an open-source rendering tool allowing various configurations and is mostly used by animation studios. The Blender benchmark can take over an hour. For these results, we ran the standard BMW scene rendering in CPU only mode, while measuring the time to complete the render.

Blender can be downloaded at https://www.blender.org/download/

Gaming

Moving on to gaming, despite being a beast in the rendering phase, we see that the Intel’s Core i9-9900k get a quite ahead.

Far Cry 5

Total War: Warhammer II

Conclusion

To finalize things, AMD continuously breaks boundaries by increasing the core count on their Threadripper. This time, the AMD ThreadRipper 2920x is priced at about the same as the Core i9-9900k. Despite AMD offering more value on their additional cores, we see them still being beat by Intel in terms of gaming. Realistically, the Threadripper would do great in the content creation phase and would definitely go head-to-head with Intel’s HEDT processors.

Furthermore, the creation and design software that requires more processing will definitely be a breeze with AMD’s Threadripper. The base clock is at a nice 3.5Ghz. We did not run into any issues aside from a minimal BIOS update wherein we had to find a previous generation processor prior to updating. Choosing the right memory sticks will shouldn’t be an issue since there are readily available AMD supported sticks.

All-in-all, we were more than satisfied with the performance of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920x and would be so much use to us as content creators. We would love to see more affordable HEDT processors in the future. Having your main goal as having quicker rendering times, then the AMD Ryzen Threadripper is definitely for you. Although, if you are into gaming, you’re better off with the Intel i9-9900k. Either way, the price may be a little off the charts, but it would definitely be worth your while.

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Post Author: Christian

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