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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

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Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is AMD's new flagship 16-core processor. Precision Boost Overclock works wonders to further increase its performance while always being stable. Our review of the 2950X presents four data sets: stock, manual OC, PBO enabled and PBO with Local Memory Access mode.

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Did AMD really send you a review sample? :eek:
 
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Nice review but its pretty clear it would be faster than a lower core CPU but we also didn't see any OC tests for the i9 so the only thing you can really compare is the price.
 
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Does the 2950x come with just 2 functional dies, like the previous gen 1950x TR1, or 4 dies?
Just saw page 3 :p
 
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for $900, the same price as the i9-7900X with 6 more cores, better clock speeds, beefier cache & 2nm smaller than Intel's similarly priced HEDT processor, I say no one will complain of getting one... Though I know one thing; the packaging box it comes with is dope AF!
 
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Are you sure there were no motherboard vendor "optimizations" enabled?
Both 4.1 GHz boost on all cores as well as 237/280W power consumption sound suspicious.
 
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Those are some seriously impressive clocks for the process/core count.
 
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Fantastic Review, I still cannot get over the fact how energy-efficient Zen architecture really is with that many cores and clock speed as compare to anything INTEL has to offer.

I think its time for INTEL to design something beyond CORE architecture. At same time I cannot wait for your review of TR 2990WX.
 
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Are you sure there were no motherboard vendor "optimizations" enabled?
Both 4.1 GHz boost on all cores as well as 237/280W power consumption sound suspicious.
Zen doesn't need separate motherboard boost, it has XFR2 and PB2 for better clocks out of the box.
 
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I don't quite get it as to why the price is listed as disadvantage.
 
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I don't quite get it as to why the price is listed as disadvantage.
That is what I was asking myself earlier. AMD is the reason an average person can build a decent rendering workstation for a decent price now a day. Lets not forget there is additional saving of not have to upgrade motherboard in near future unlike its competitor. At least give them some credit?
 
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It's still a lot of money? I tried to explain that near the end of the conclusion
Of course it is but I believe that needs to be addressed within a context , otherwise there isn't much point in mentioning it.
 

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I don't quite get it as to why the price is listed as disadvantage.
It's still a lot of money? I tried to explain that near the end of the conclusion
While i agree that it's a lot of money, bearing in mind the use case this is supposed for, this is actually cheap and should have been a plus rather then a minus.

If one buys is for gaming only, then @W1zzard is 100% correct, but who in their right mind would do that?
 
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good one w1zz! thank you :)
 

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Of course it is but I believe that needs to be addressed within a context , otherwise there isn't much point in mentioning it.
So you'd be ok with not listing the price of a Titan V as a con either? :D

You can add as much context as you want, HEDT CPUs aren't mean for mainstream. They're priced out of mainstream, so the price is always a con.
 

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@W1zzard Love the review, too bad you could not throw in the 1950x data to see the improvement from the 2950x.
Unfortunately AMD had no 1950X that I could borrow, and the one I borrowed for the 7900X review was returned a long time ago
 
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The next impressive thing after the price is still the multithreaded energy efficiency, AMD needs to keep that up
 
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IMO only 4 results in the review matter: database, Euler3D, VM and Tensorflow. All are obviously disappointing, so it's hard to understand the final score this CPU got...
Putting aside simple multicore tasks (like encoding), this CPU performs like a 10-core Ryzen (but thankfully, also consumes that much power).
How is this possible?
That is what I was asking myself earlier. AMD is the reason an average person can build a decent rendering workstation for a decent price now a day.
Here's the thing: average person doesn't need a rendering workstation. This is a CPU for a... hard to define group of PC users (even if it was performing like a 16-core should). The amount of focus it gets on the internet is just weird...
We're getting second generation of a CPU that everyone talks about but no one buys... but where are AMD-powered high-end notebooks? :)
for $900, the same price as the i9-7900X with 6 more cores, better clock speeds, beefier cache & 2nm smaller than Intel's similarly priced HEDT processor, I say no one will complain of getting one...
Seriously? What happened to the world. You prefer one CPU over another because it's made on a different node? :)
 
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So you'd be ok with not listing the price of a Titan V as a con either? :D

You can add as much context as you want, HEDT CPUs aren't mean for mainstream. They're priced out of mainstream, so the price is always a con.
Titan V is a glorified gaming card. Ram error piece of crap.
 
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If this CPU can boost to 4.4 GHz on two cores, a 2800X (if it materializes) could do what... 4.6 GHz?
I think the 12nm manufacturing process has improved from when the 2700X rolled off the production line over 4 months ago, allowing more chips to hit higher clocks. But of course, more than that, these are higher-binned, top 5% chips (EPYC to Threadripper to Ryzen is the priority order) that can clock higher.

They could certainly release a 2800X on AM4 in October/November with a 4.5Ghz boost on one core potentially, but it would have to be cheaper than the 9900K. But seeing as Intel will give that a premium price of around $450, there would be a lot of room for manoeuvre as they could release for $350 and drop the price of the 2700X down.

Having said all that, I don't think a 2800X is likely :) As by the time the 9900K releases in October, we'd be quite close to the release of 7nm Ryzen if the Q1 2019 release rumour is to be believed.
 
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