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How does the Ryzen Thread­rip­per per­form?

AMD has al­ready made quite a splash with the in­tro­duc­tion of its Ryzen 7 pro­ces­sor, but we al­ways knew even more was on the hori­zon. The Ryzen Thread­rip­per has been one of the most an­tic­i­pated pro­ces­sor re­leases in years, and it has sig­nif­i­cant im­pli­ca­tions for the 3D con­tent creation mar­ket. Il­lus­trat­ing this very per­sua­sively is the Ar­mari Mag­ne­tar S16-TRT1000G2 we have on test this month.

The Mag­ne­tar is based around the cur­rent top Ryzen Thread­rip­per 1950X. Un­be­liev­ably, this pro­ces­sor has 16 cores, each one ca­pa­ble of run­ning two threads for a whop­ping to­tal of 32. The base clock is 3.4GHZ, with a top boost mode of 4GHZ, or 4.2GHZ in XFR mode. There’s also a lesser Ryzen Thread­rip­per with 12 cores, called the 1920X, and an eight-core ver­sion called the 1900X that hasn’t ar­rived on the mar­ket yet.

Right now, In­tel’s Core i9 stops at ten cores, al­though the 12-core ver­sion is just ar­riv­ing, with more to come. All of these will be more ex­pen­sive than the 16-core Ryzen Thread­rip­per 1950X, how­ever. The Ryzen Mas­ter soft­ware also means you can tune the Thread­rip­per for dif­fer­ent us­age sce­nar­ios, such as Cre­ator and Game modes, and you can set up your own pro­files as well. Ar­mari has per­ma­nently set its sys­tem to 4GHZ across all cores, with cus­tom wa­ter cool­ing to con­trol the tem­per­a­ture.

The CPU is backed by a very healthy 64GB of 3,200MHZ DDR4 SDRAM, al­though it was run­ning at 2,667MHZ in our sam­ple. This was supplied as four 16GB DIMMS, leav­ing four slots free for up­grade to the sys­tem max­i­mum of 128GB. You prob­a­bly won’t need to do that for a while, though, as 64GB will be plenty for most pro­fes­sional con­tent-creation ac­tiv­i­ties for some years to come.

Another brand-new AMD prod­uct can be found tak­ing care of graph­ics ac­cel­er­a­tion. This comes in the shape of the

Radeon Vega Fron­tier Edi­tion, a cu­ri­ous card that of­fers gam­ing driv­ers and modes as well as pro­fes­sional modes that are ac­cred­ited to run pro­fes­sional soft­ware. This card is a lit­tle pricier than an NVIDIA Quadro P4000, but prom­ises per­for­mance to match the P5000 in some ar­eas, and ab­so­lutely storm­ing GPGPU ren­der­ing with Opencl.

The stor­age takes the fa­mil­iar ap­proach of a solid­state disk for op­er­at­ing sys­tem and ap­pli­ca­tions, plus a reg­u­lar hard disk for more gen­eral data. Both are su­perb. The Kingston KC1000 SSD is a NVME M.2 unit with 480GB, which can read at close to 2,700Mb/sec and write at 1,600Mb/sec, while the Western Dig­i­tal GOLD Dat­a­cen­ter hard disk may be just a 7,200rpm SATA unit, but it has 4TB ca­pac­ity and reads or writes at over 200Mb/sec. So you get im­mense speed for boot up and soft­ware load­ing, plus loads of space for the con­tent you’re work­ing on.

Ar­mari has also in­cluded an 8x Li­teon slim­line DVD-RW, and there’s plenty of room for more stor­age. One of the added ben­e­fits of Ryzen Thread­rip­per is that it has 64 PCI Ex­press lanes – 20 more than In­tel’s top Core i9 pro­ces­sors. So the Ar­mari’s As­rock moth­er­board has three M.2 NVME SSD slots rather than one. The Ar­mari chas­sis also has four 3.5in and two 2.5in hot-swap drive bays, pro­vid­ing plenty of space for reg­u­lar stor­age ex­pan­sion.

When it comes to per­for­mance test­ing, the AMD Ryzen Thread­rip­per is in a class of its own. The Maxon Cinebench R15 ren­der­ing score of 3,346 is way beyond any sin­gle-socket sys­tem we have seen before, and close to In­tel Xeon dual-socket work­sta­tions cost­ing £10,000 or more. You get a huge amount of ren­der­ing power for your money. “THE Ryzen THREAD­RIP­PER… HAS Sig­nif­i­cant im­pli­ca­tions for THE 3d Con­tent Creation MAR­KET. il­lus­trat­ing THIS very Per­sua­sively is THE AR­MARI MAG­NE­TAR S16-TRT1000G2”

The Ryzen Thread­rip­per’s mod­el­ling abil­i­ties are a lit­tle less out­stand­ing, al­though there are still some great re­sults. The Maxon Cinebench R15 Opengl score of 136.99 is de­cent, but no match for the lat­est NVIDIA Quadro P4000. On the other hand, with Specview­perf 12.1, the 3ds­max-05 re­sult of 151.58 will beat a more ex­pen­sive P5000, as will 20.6 in en­ergy-01, 85.84 in med­i­cal-01, and 108.37 in show­case-01, whilst 116.52 in maya-04 isn’t far off ei­ther. How­ever, the ca­tia-04 score of 144.43, 93.43 in creo-01, 148.5 in snx-02 and 118.07 in sw-03 are be­hind a P4000.

In other words, the graph­ics per­for­mance re­ally de­pends on what soft­ware you are run­ning. The Radeon Vega’s Opencl abil­i­ties are un­ques­tion­able, how­ever, with 4,822 in Lux­mark 3.1, which isn’t far off what NVIDIA’S £5,000 Quadro P6000 can muster. If you’re go­ing to try out AMD’S Proren­der plug-in for Blender, Maya, 3ds Max, Solid­works or Cin­ema 4D, this will be a very pow­er­ful and cost­ef­fec­tive option.

The Ar­mari Mag­ne­tar S16-TRT1000G2 is a great show­case for what AMD’S Ryzen Thread­rip­per is ca­pa­ble of. Its ren­der­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties are well beyond any cur­rent sin­gle­socket option from In­tel, and close to dual-socket sys­tems cost­ing twice as much. AMD is back in the work­sta­tion mar­ket, with ex­cit­ing im­pli­ca­tions for how much ren­der­ing power you can get for your money.

the ar­mari Mag­ne­tar s16-trt1000g2 is a hugely pow­er­ful sys­tem for the money, thanks to its ryzen thread­rip­per pro­ces­sor.

the amd thread­rip­per CPU packs in a huge num­ber of cores for the money, mak­ing it a mon­ster for ren­der­ing and en­cod­ing tasks.

the ar­mari Mag­ne­tar chas­sis in­cludes cus­tom wa­ter cool­ing for the pro­ces­sor, four 3.5in and two 2.5in hot-swap drive bays.

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