Review: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X - 64 processor cores and 128 threads in one CPU package

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    the 3970x seems the better deal overall...
    edit : do you have any explanation about the 3970x result in handbrake ? it's way above the 3960x and 3990x
     
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    Favorite quote of the article: "I mean if you spend 3990 USD on a 64-core processor to play games, then you're pretty much an idiot."

    Guess I won't be buying this, but man quite the beast.
    Nice review Hilbert.
     
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    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    No afraid not, I have been looking at that and can not isolate what is happening there, we post what we measure though. We might phase out handbrake, they will not update their software for more cores so there's a point right now it is slowly becoming a less significant benchmark.
     

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    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    That really depends on your requirements and workloads tbh. I mean as I mentioned in the conclusion, load up proxmox and you can create 16 virtualized quad-core servers on just one proc, that's golden. Same for hard-core content renderers that support this many threads.
     
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    awesome game perf for 128t
     
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    thank you HH for another detailed, amazing in depth review.
     
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    Nice review, pretty much what we expected from this beast.

    Well Intel now is your turn.
     
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    Subtle piece of hardware:p
     
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    Was Windows 10 Pro used for this review?

    The performance difference in some benchmarks between Pro/Pro (with SMT off) and Enterprise is pretty significant with this processor.

    I don't expect reviewers to test under three different conditions but I am curious to compare certain benchmarks with Enterprise ones if possible.
     

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    Any chance of running the new 7zip 20.00 alpha or WinRAR beta with more core support?
    Would love to see how much difference they make.
     
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    But... they haven't even come up with a reasonable response to the 3970X yet.
     
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    What did it lose to where it should have won? Also, compare this to dual-socket Xeons and this CPU is a total bargain.
     
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    You have to use a slower encoding preset in the video tab in order to see a difference. Using 4k hevc (h.265) instead of h.264 would also make the differences more visible with more cores but the main thing is to use the slower encoding preset or for the 3990x even the very slow preset in the video tab.

    The other option is of course running concurrently more instances of handbrake with the same setting your are using now.
     
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    Might have to do with Windows 10 Pro being used. Anandtech ran into some issues with Windows 10 Pro, because the OS has problems with CPUs with more than 64 threads. Windows 10 Enterprise/Workstation removes that limitation.
     
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    841W at 3.8Ghz on 64cores and 128threads really isn't that bad to be honest. Great review. Halo product doing halo product things. Your move "big blue".
     
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    Nice review as always ty HH.
    Also the new bios update brings performance improvements :) JESUS.
     
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    That core count is just for future proofing?!!! and I agree that's a "coffin" for Intel....;)
    ......BTW....honestly (technically) the need to support full application is far behind.....
    Correct me if I've erred ( i don't think so).
    It is also important to note that if you have N cores, that DOES NOT mean that you will get a speedup of N. That is the theoretical limit to the speedup. In fact, maybe with two cores it is twice as fast, but with four cores it might be about three times as fast, and then with eight cores it is about three and a half times as fast, etc. How well your program is actually able to take advantage of these cores is called the parallel scalability. Often communication and synchronization overhead prevent a linear speedup, although, in the ideal, if you can avoid communication and synchronization as much as possible, you can hopefully get close to linear.
    Source (the best way to explain): stackoverflow.com
     
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    most of software just say "what the hell I am going to to with all those logical cores?" or "I can count up to 32/64!"
     
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    This make sense to compare with Xeons.. otherwise its fast for applications and not bad for games.
     

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