[UPDATE: 31/10/2018 - to workload section] The Threadripper was literally unleashed into the earth by AMD to rip into the devastating workloads using an army of threads and cores! This CPU is packed with 16 cores and 32 threads! With huge caches: Level 1: 1.5MB, Level 2:...See more
[UPDATE: 31/10/2018 - to workload section] The Threadripper was literally unleashed into the earth by AMD to rip into the devastating workloads using an army of threads and cores! This CPU is packed with 16 cores and 32 threads! With huge caches: Level 1: 1.5MB, Level 2: 8MB, Level 3: 32mb (Total 40MB)! As well as quad channel ram support future proofed with a total of 1TB RAM support for the future! 64 PCI-E Lanes is also included on this beast allowing all those multi graphic card configurations and M.2 SSDs!!! The processor is also manufactured on 14nm, has a base clock of 3.4GHz and turbos to 4GHz! with decent power consumtion rates as well (max 180w TDP). The TR4 platform never cease to amaze me. Performance prevails in everything i throw at it. To give you a rough idea of what you can do with this monster cpu, I was using MovAvi to render a few driving videos, I noticed the 1950x was only using 6 of my 16 cores to do so... during this time on my main screen I was gaming on Overwatch. No FPS dips what so ever. When the video finished rendering, I didn''t even notice because it PC was so damn smooth! unlike my FX 8350 which can just barely manage streaming whilst gaming. In my build, I am using a custom EK based water loop for the TR4 stocket to cool this monster. (360mm thick rad, full nickel block) It does a great job of almost matching room temperature! Idle: 27-29c, GTA V: 32-41(max), Overwatch: 44c(max), Prime95: 51c (10 minutes). I read that the thermal limit is a staggering 95c!!! so you can definitely do a beastly overclock on this monster!!! The amount of headroom is ridiculous! For personal reasons I believe you shouldn''t allow this CPU to go beyond 80c. A fellow amazon reviewer friend of mine: Canopus72. Is using a huge Noctua aircooler for his CPU so Aircooling is actually possible. However, I personally recommend you take AIO at the very minimum if you care about pro longevity. [31/10/2018] Testing workload capacity Closing in 10 months down the line, I''ve made some adjustments to the rig. Updated GPU of a Vega 64 and added it to the custom loop. I found running a very multi core processor demanding game; Assassin''s Creed Odyssey. Proved to be quite an example in gaming scenarios utilising all 16 cores. I ran the game at 2k max settings. Whilst on the ingame menu and moving around the openworld, I''ve noticed a consistent 10fps drop average whilst playing the game and streaming (in 720p) it to friends via Discord. I also noticed large 6-8 thread demands whilst trying to stream/watch a video in 4k on my second monitor whilst playing Assassin''s Creed on the main screen. Trying to seek through the video caused minor 2-3 seconds delays in the video before it loaded (M.2 PCI-E SSD / 2k read speed was used). Which also correlated to 1-2 second drops of FPS in Assassin''s Creed. Although it showed signs of performance loss, I found the Threadripper handles literally any thread demanding tasks at hand. In conclusion to workload capacity, I would say its safe to use as your multi purpose machine! An example would be, whilst being your daily every day computer, you can run/host a Plex server, Minecraft server, Fileshare and still be able to do all this whilst gaming and streaming. It''s definitely very competitive and saves you having multiple desktops to use as dedicated servers. On the otherhand, if you plan to do all of this whilst doing some photo/video editing or programming. I advise you to take a look at the newly released successor to this processor; the Threadripper 2990WX featuring 32 cores and 64 threads! The 1950x also achieved as CPU passmark of: 22112! which puts it as rank 16th out of all the best CPUs out there. On Userbenchmark its ranked 7th on the fastest CPU ranking. Just a warning for those who don''t already know, the CPU box is absolutely huge! comes with a universal AIO cooling adapter bracket and a tork based screwdriver for you to tighten down the CPU all of which feel high quality! However, it does not include a cooler! (as most enthusiast grade CPUs) Absolute bargain for those looking into high end computing performance, the Intel equivalent which is in the same price range only has 10 Cores!