AMD Ryzen 1950X Threadripper Retail Retest
Published: 3rd September 2017 | Source: AMD | Price: |
We've already expressed our thoughts about the Ryzen Threadripper and this retail edition doesn't really adjust the majority of our feelings.
If you happened to miss our first look at the Threadripper 1950X then firstly, we're booing you, and secondly the main points are as follows :
The Ryzen 1950X Threadripper is ridiculously powerful if given the right task. When raw core numbers are important to your application then this is capable of matching anything you bring to the party. Even fully loaded it still strolls along at a decent Gigahertz rate and that is more than enough to keep you smiling through the render. When your application only requires a core or two then the limited clock speed of the Threadripper can make it less obviously capable when compared to more affordable options. Owning a Ryzen 1950X and not using it to its fullest is like owning a Veyron and only using it to pop to the corner shop for some milk.
Heat is, as you would expect with something this big, sporting this many cores absolutely key to keeping things running at their peak. The original ES Threadripper was a toasty number but not a patch on the heat generated by the retail sample. We were running a 360 AIO and even that was struggling to keep temperatures under control when the CPU was under heavy loading. You must have a similar setup at minimum but we really would recommend investing in custom watercooling if you are thinking about overclocking all of the cores. After all, if you can afford this processor you can certainly afford to keep it frosty and to do anything less would be sacrilege.
If you can keep it cool, and if your workflow will be able to push it to its limits so that you can get the benefits from your investment then the Ryzen 1950X is just as good as it was when we first looked at it.