AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Review

Project CARS & Far Cry Primal

Project CARS

Project CARS is a CPU-intensive title that promotes parallelism by breaking tasks into smaller chunks and spreading them among available cores.

This game is dominated by the overclocked Core i7-7700K. Considering its relatively low price point, the Kaby Lake-based chip continued delivering excellent gaming value.

Much like the -7700K outperforms its high-end desktop counterparts, Ryzen 7 1800X also outpaces AMD's pricier CPUs. The Threadripper 1950X beats Intel's -7820X, and tuning widens the gap.

Far Cry Primal

Far Cry Primal does not initialize when it detects Threadripper's 32 threads, so we tested it with Legacy mode selected.

Intel's stock -7700K suffers several disturbing frame time outliers that manifest as visible stuttering during the benchmark.

Ryzen 7 1800X offers almost the same performance as the tuned Threadripper 1950X, suggesting that it might be a better value if you are strictly interested in gaming. The less expensive Ryzen 7 1700 facilitates similar overclocking headroom, and thus performance, in a majority of our game tests. That translates to additional value for enthusiasts willing to overclock. 

An overclocked -7700K delivers the best performance by a significant margin during the benchmark's opening seconds. This translates to a higher average frame rate, but a 99th percentile measurement of 15.6ms. The Ryzen 7 1800X and Threadripper 1950X offer slightly better 99th percentile measurements of 15.3ms and 15.1ms, respectively.


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  • vMax
    Very good in depth review. Threadripper looks like a great productivity CPU especially for the price to performance... At last AMD are back at the big table and thats not to put Intel down as they still make the fastest CPU's overall...just you have pay that much more for the privilege, but finaly we have a real choice at all price points... Great for the consumer. Good job Tom's and AMD.
  • HEXiT
    so happy this has happend. intel wont be, but for amd, its great news. 95%+ the perfomance for half the price makes threadripper a very attractive cpu for virtual machines and even office environments that use terminals rather than every 1 using a desktop.
    so much potential for a £2k build that just wasnt there a year ago...
  • fla56
    where is XFR testing?

    surely it's clear by now that the worst way to overclock a Ryzen is to try and overclock the cores?
  • gferrin2012
    Hmm. I will first state I have no preference to AMD nor Intel. I can buy any CPU, or GPU that suits my needs. I looked over you "benches" and I will be very upfront. I do not believe yours. I think the "threadripper" benches a lot better than your are showing. Your test methods seem to favor Intel. I have long suspected and heard of Toms Hardware of being an Intel fanboy site. I have owned Intel and swore by them for years. In am considering AMD for the first time. I will continue to look at, what I believe, to be more honest test sites. Lets see how this plays out. I happen to have a friend who has an 1800x and and another associate that has an I7-7700k. I am familiar with Blenders Bmw benchmark. I would like an explanation as to why, in CPU rendering using blender 2.78c, the 1800x literally destroys the I7-7700k.
    If you look at my account (go ahead) here on Toms Hardware, you will notice I am not an AMD fanboy at all. When I start feeling I am getting biased reviews and have the sneaking suspicion of Intel slipping the 'ol kickback to you, it's time to delete my membership.
  • HEXiT
    i think the variance between these and other benches is the way they have done em... maybe they didnt set the cpu to productivity and just used gaming mode or vies-versa. but there is some discrepancy between what im seeing here and elsewhere. whats up toms. normally your stuff is accurate.