AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X

$1,440 | WWW.AMD.COM Rip­ping up the high-end rulebook.

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De­liv­er­ing a prod­uct to this mar­ket is the fi­nal piece of the desk­top CPU puz­zle for AMD, fol­low­ing the re­lease of Ryzen 7, 5 and 3 on the AM4 socket. Now with ar­rival of the TR4 socket and the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, fea­tur­ing 16 cores, 32 threads, quad-chan­nel mem­ory, 64 PCIe lanes and ex­tended fre­quency range (XFR) of 4.2GHz, AMD hasn’t just en­tered the arena, it’s thrown down a chal­lenge to the reign­ing king, In­tel.

There are unique char­ac­ter­is­tics both for and against when as­sess­ing the com­par­i­son of the 1950X ver­sus its sim­i­larly priced com­peti­tor, the In­tel Core i9-7900X. In­tel’s of­fer­ing sounds dif­fer­ent enough on pa­per. Start­ing with 10 cores and 20 threads in the 7900X, it is com­fort­ably be­hind the 16 cores and 32 threads counted in the 1950X. But it’s not all about core count, as the 7900X de­liv­ers higher po­ten­tial clock speeds and im­proved per-core pro­cess­ing ef­fi­ciency. On the flip-side is the sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in core count lend­ing the 1950X in­creased per­for­mance in heav­ily multi-threaded work­loads.

Judg­ing by the bench­mark re­sults, if you do mul­ti­threaded work but still see high value in per-core ef­fi­ciency, the In­tel may be the bet­ter choice — though, this ap­pears to de­pend on how well the game code han­dles nT pro­cess­ing. If your com­put­ing fo­cus is pro­duc­tion ori­en­tated, such as au­dio en­gi­neer­ing, video edit­ing, gam­ing and stream­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously, 3D mod­el­ling and so on, the high core count of the 1950X brings it vic­tory.

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