AMD Ryzen 1950X Threadripper Retail Retest
For all sorts of “behind the scenes” reasons when we tested the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X we had to use an Engineering Sample rather than a retail model. There are lots of incorrect beliefs about Engineering models, that they are cherry picked, specially designed for high scores, particularly thermally efficient, blah blah blah. The reality is that they are almost a prototype and thus should be considered with the same silicon lottery fears that you have with a retail sample except more so. You’re – by which we mean we – are just as likely to get an absolute dog. So don’t take it as gospel that just because something is/was an Engineering Sample it automatically is awesomeness.
But now we’ve got a pair of retail 1950X Threadripper CPUs on hand and can finally test out the model that you’ll all be trying out. We did test both of them initially and found them to be identical in performance, which bodes well for your experience matching up to ours.
If there is one thing that we really love about these new Ryzen CPUs is how much attention AMD has paid to the packaging. So often CPUs are very plainly boxed, and we know we’re not the only people who’ve pulled an Intel CPU from the box and left the cooler completely untouched whilst the box gathers dust in a cupboard. Whilst the Ryzen might suffer a similar fate in terms of your eagerness to extract the CPU from the packaging, it feels like an event when you do so and the box can sit on a shelf. It’s not quite as wonderful as the wooden affair that graced the Ryzen 7, but it’s still better than a cardboard box.