Amd threadripper 1900x

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X Rating

Remember a few short months ago when Intel introduced its Kaby Lake-X Core i7-7740X, which sold for an affordable $350, giving the impression of high-end value, but then required a super-expensive X299-based motherboard? Ryzen Threadripper 1900X sort of feels like that to us. But whereas the -7740X totally neutered Intel's platform with just 16 PCIe lanes and a pair of disabled memory channels, at least Threadripper 1900X comes armed with all of its architecture's functionality intact. Sixty-four lanes of PCIe 3.0 and four channels of DDR4 memory with ECC support may make the difference to power users with lots of add-in devices or bandwidth-sensitive workloads. But 1900X just isn't much more compelling than Ryzen 7 1800X, which also supports ECC memory on some motherboards and comes with a more affordable platform.

We plotted the 1900X's gaming performance with both average frame rates and a geometric mean of the 99th percentile frame times (a good indicator of smoothness), which we convert into an FPS measurement. Our suite includes six games released in 2016 and five older titles that launched in 2014/2015. When we reviewed the higher-end Threadripper models, we hypothesized their extra cores could enable more performance in the future, so we included a chart with newer games. But that's not as big a selling point for 1900X, since its core count matches the 1800X.

If you're a gamer above all else, and semi-professional workloads aren't on your radar, AMD's Socket AM4-based Ryzen 5 and 7 CPUs are a better fit for you than Ryzen Threadripper. You'll see similar frame rates from a $220 Ryzen 5 1600 overclocked moderately. Of course, Intel would counter back that its Coffee Lake-based Core i5s between $200 and $300 are better still. The point is you have multiple options that are great for gaming before ever needing to consider a $500 Threadripper 1900X and a way-expensive motherboard.

The real competition happens in our application workloads. Ryzen Threadripper 1900X can't quite match the $600 Core i7-7820X in most workloads, so professionals on the hunt for overall performance may favor Intel's Skylake-X chip. The Ryzen 7 1800X often serves up similar performance as Threadripper 1900X, and it costs $100 less. Then there's the Core i7-8700K, which also sells for $400, trades blows with AMD's top Ryzen 7 chip, but currently suffers from a bad case of paperlaunchitis.

Consider also that exploiting the 1900X's four memory channels means buying a quad-channel kit of DDR4. And then there are the platforms: right now, the absolute cheapest TR4-equipped motherboard sells for $340. Most models come close to $400.

Of course, AMD says its Ryzen Threadripper 1900X is the lowest-cost way to get into its X399 platform...and it is. However, we can’t ascribe much enthusiast value to this niche option. There are faster choices if you prioritize performance and cheaper alternatives if you're trying to save money. Thus, we aren't particularly attracted to Threadripper 1900X. Please, AMD, don't be upset if we send flowers to this chip's better-looking sibling, Ryzen 7 1800X.

  • 64 PCIe lanes
  • Quad-Channel memory
  • Highest frequencies of the threadripper family
  • Supports ECC memory
  • Expensive X399 platform
  • Equivalent or lower performance to less expensive alternatives

AMD's Threadripper 1900X is designed to satisfy the needs of a small group of users that require up to 64 PCIe lanes and quad-channel memory with ECC support, but most enthusiasts are better served with cheaper mainstream processors.


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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X: VRMark, 3DMark & AotS: Escalation

The Threadripper processors feature a unique architecture that underperforms AMD's other Ryzen chips in some games. To offset the 1900X's compromises, AMD facilitates its novel Game Mode, which switches the processor into NUMA mode and disables one die. We covered the feature in-depth in our AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Game Mode, Benchmarked article.

AMD aims Threadripper at content creators, heavy multitaskers, and gamers who stream simultaneously. It also says the processors are ideal for gaming at high resolutions. Threadripper CPUs and the GPUs they're likely paired with aren't intended for playing around at low resolutions, particularly in older, lightly-threaded titles. Still, we test at 1920x1080 to emphasize the difference between competing processors, rather than show you results bound by our graphics card.

VRMark & 3DMark

We aren't big fans of using synthetic benchmarks to measure game performance, but 3DMark's DX11 and DX12 CPU tests provide useful insight into the amount of horsepower available to game engines.

Futuremark's VRMark test lets you gauge your system's suitability for use with the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, even if you don't currently own an HMD. The Orange Room test is based on the suggested system requirements for current-generation HTC Vive and Oculus Rift HMDs. Futuremark defines a passing score as anything above 109 FPS.

As expected in VRMark, Threadripper 1900X offers its best performance in Game Mode, even beating the tuned Creator Mode configuration. VRMark tends to favor high clock rates, so the Ryzen 7 1800X suffers at stock settings due to its lower frequency. However, it nearly catches the 1900X after tuning.

The 1900X in Creator Mode takes a healthy lead over its competition during the DX12 tests, even beating out Intel's tuned Core i7-7820X. It suffers in Game Mode, though. That isn't surprising; we disable half of the chip's compute resources in a test that scales well with core count, after all.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity is the poster child for threaded game engines. And while the Core i7-7820X at 4.6 GHz leads, the Ryzen 7 1800X at 4 GHz challenges Intel's Skylake-X solution. The 1900X trails mightily in Game Mode, but fares better in Creator Mode with eight threads available.

Even in heavily threaded games, mainstream processors like Ryzen 7 1800X offer the best value.


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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X - 8-core processor with a clock frequency of 3800 MHz and 3rd level cache 16384 KB. Processor is designed for desktop computers, installs in a Socket TR4. Has a built-in memory controller (4 channels, DDR4-2666) and controller PCI Express 3.0 (64 lines).

Segmentfor desktop computers
SocketSocket TR4
Number of cores8
Number of threads16
Base frequency3800 MHz
Turbo Core4000 MHz
Unlocked multiplieryes
Architecture (core)Zeppelin
Lithography14 nm
Transistors, mn9600
TDP180 W
Max. temperature68° C
Official specificationsfollow >
Internal memory
L1 Cache, Кb8x64+8x32
L2 Cache, Кb8x512
L3 Cache, Кb16384
Integrated moduls
Graphics processorno
Memory controller4-channel(DDR4-2666)

ECC memory supported

PCIe controllerPCI Express 3.0 (64 lines)
Other modules / peripherals • Secure processor
Instructions, technology
• MMX• SSE• SSE2• SSE3• SSE4A• SSSE3• SSE4 (SSE4.1 + SSE4.2)• AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)• AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions)• AVX 2 (Advanced Vector Extensions)• BMI1 (Bit Manipulation inst. 1) • SHA (Secure Hash Algorithm extensions)• F16C (16-bit Floating-Point conversion)• FMA3 (3-operand Fused Multiply-Add)• AMD64• EVP (Enhanced Virus Protection)• AMD-V (AMD Virtualization)• SMAP (Supervisor Mode Access Prevention)• SMEP• Precision Boost• Extended Frequency Range• SMT (Simultaneous MultiThreading)

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Ryzen TR 1900XAMD  $316Bench 95%, 1,697 samples333x
EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 118% - Outstanding Total price: $1,249
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