Few months after the impressive demo at Computex 2018, the day has finally come for AMD to unveiled the full ability of its 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors to the world. While the demo at Computex 2018 featured the 32-core chip which is now officially known as the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX, we recently had the opportunity to test out the lower-end model called Ryzen Threadripper 2950X.
Don’t let the “lower-end” label fools you though: the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is still one heck of a chip. In fact, the new chip has the same number of cores and threads as the highest end 1st Gen Ryzen Threadripper chip, the 1950X. Not enough with that, the new model also runs at higher clock speed and supports faster RAM modules.
According to AMD, the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is primarily designed for the prosumer segment of the market. Among its targeted users are content creators that could benefit from the chip’s high number of processing cores which is something that favored by numerous 3D or image rendering and video software out there.
Of course, what more important is the actual performance of the chip itself. Before we move on further though, here are the specifications of our test machine:
As per our previous processor reviews, we choose to run a number of software to simulate real-life usages on the software. Among them is Cinebench R15 which is not only a popular benchmark among enthusiasts but can also be used to represent the 3D rendering capability of a chip. We also utilize Handbrake to represent video transcoding, POV-Ray for raytracing, 7-Zip for file compression, and Blender for 3D rendering.
So, here are the results:
While this is just our first look at the CPU performance of the new chip which coincidentally also our first experience with a HEDT processor, we already able to see that the amount of firepower contained within the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is rather impressive. Of course, that is just one part of the story.
Stay tuned for the full review of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X coming your way soon which will include the CPU’s gaming and overclock capability as well as its power consumption and thermal characteristics. Not to forget, we will also provide a general comparison against its designated rival, the Intel Core i9-7900X processor.
Designed to be compatible with existing AMD X399-based motherboards in the market through BIOS update, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X will be made available in Malaysia for RM 3899. While its actual release date in Malaysia was not revealed by AMD, the chip is generally scheduled for release throughout the world starting from 31 August onwards.