AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation Threadripper 2920X and 2970WX Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation Threadripper 2920X and 2970WX Review

Test Setup

Something that apparently bears repeating judging upon our recent correspondence is that when we're testing at stock, we literally mean that. We open the package. Build a system. Touch nothing. Install OS. Run the benchmarks. Apparently the words stock don't mean the same thing to everyone, so for clarities sake we're reminding you. Any tweaking of power limits or adjustments to boosts in certain scenarios would count as not stock. If we're going to tweak anything we're going to tweak it all, and that's what our overclocked results are for.

AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation Threadripper 2920X and 2970WX Review

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
ASUS ROG Zenith X399 Extreme
Corsair LPX 2666MHz
Corsair LPX 3200MHz
Corsair MP500 M.2
nVidia GTX 980
Corsair HX1000i
Corsair ML Fans
Coolermaster ML360 RGB TR4 AIO Cooler

Overclocking

The important thing to remember whenever we're overclocking these high core count CPUs is that we're not looking to make a single core run as quickly as possible, but instead we're trying to get the boost clock speed to happen across every core. Sure we could say 'hey we got the CPU to 4.5 GHz' or whatever, but when that's only on one core rather than all 12/24 then the benefits wont appear in our graphs when testing the types of applications owners of these chips will use - video encoding and 3D rendering. Thus whilst the absolute clock speed might not make your jaw drop, you have to keep in mind that every single core is running at this speed, which is a serious test of the silicon.

Ryzen Threadripper 2920X

AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation Threadripper 2920X and 2970WX Review  

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX


AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation Threadripper 2920X and 2970WX Review 

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29-10-2018, 09:45:45

Damien c
Tom not sure if it's just me or not but the video seems like it has some weird graphical issues like, a sharpness filter is on max and not working correctly and then the background having a few issues as well?

It's like the background is wobbling it's pretty weird to be honest, doesn't look like your normal quality of videos.

Either way I know my next upgrade is going to be on my render machine and it will be a threadripper, but still not sure if it will be 1st gen or 2nd gen threadripper.Quote

29-10-2018, 09:55:14

Wraith
Not seeing it on my end, quality is as normal as any other video.

I'm actually quite tempted to go down the Thread ripper route for my next build.Quote

29-10-2018, 10:00:30

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Wraith View Post
Not seeing it on my end, quality is as normal as any other video.

I'm actually quite tempted to go down the Thread ripper route for my next build.
The boards are a little cheaper now, which was what made it easy for me to stick with X99 last upgrade.

Still no reason for me to upgrade here though. Well, it would be nice, but the cost is just far too high to make any sorta sense. Thing is, I took a risk on a 14 core CPU but looking around a bit? it's kinda starting to pay off. I just checked the specs for FO76 and you need quad core min with QC+HT recc. So we are heading in the right direction.Quote

29-10-2018, 10:22:52

Damien c
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Originally Posted by Wraith View Post
Not seeing it on my end, quality is as normal as any other video.

I'm actually quite tempted to go down the Thread ripper route for my next build.
Strange will look at it later and see if it's because I was downloading although that normally doesn't affect it.Quote

29-10-2018, 11:52:19

AffenKatzen
Hi Tom,

I just wanted to start out with saying that I generally enjoy the content here and I value the reviews you guys do, but I was wondering what the reasoning behind having a graph dedicated to comparing temperatures of various CPUs when the test setup isn't kept identical?

As far as I can tell then only the results for 2950X, 2990WX, 2920x and 2970WX are from using the Coolermaster ML360 RGB TR4 AIO Cooler, whereas the i7-6700k used the Corsair H110i GTX and all other CPUs used the Corsair H110i GT.

In your review of the 2950X and 2990WX you explain the decision for using the coolermaster cooler with: "we're using the Coolermaster MasterLiquid ML360R RGB TR4 for our overclocking tests as there is no chance of keeping these monsters under control when overclocked using an air cooler.", but all other CPUs you compare with were already tested with an AIO, just 280mm instead of 360mm so that seems like an odd justification for changing from your regular setup.

So to go on and conclude that "The days of toasty AMD CPUs are long behind us and the Threadrippers, even with their enormous core counts, still remain cool under pressure." seems odd when you're specifically testing the threadripper CPUs with a beefier cooler than all others you compare it to.

If you didn't feel that your regular cooler, the Corsair H110i GT, would do a good enough job or you had other reasons for testing with the Coolermaster ML360 RGB TR4 then that's fine, but my point is just that the results shouldn't be in the same graph together when they aren't comparable.Quote
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