AMD 3rd Generation Ryzen Threadripper TR 3960X Review


AMD 3rd Generation Ryzen Threadripper TR 3960X Review


If ever a review pretty much wrote itself, this is up there with the very easiest. There is nothing we can say that hasn't already been made spectacularly obvious by the results in the graphs, the technical specifications, the raw horsepower that puts Top Fuel dragsters to shame.

Before we get to what you all already know, let's do a little housekeeping. We weren't sent a Ryzen 3950X, which is why it doesn't appear in our graphs. It's significantly more affordable than the TR 3960X, and should be better suited to those of you who do light creating tasks rather than require absolute power. Similarly when we were testing the Threadripper 3960X we hadn't yet received a copy of the Ryzen Master software which is why we haven't included it in either our test package or our discussions regarding the 3960X. Unfortunately the downside to both Intel and AMD deciding to launch products on the same day with both motherboards and processors needing testing and writing we only have a finite number of hours in a day, so with the software arriving too late to be included it'll have to sit by the wayside. We will go back and look at it another time, when we've more of that precious resource.

As for the Threadripper 3960X itself, it's everything in reality that it looked like it would be on paper. The 2nd Generation of Threadrippers was an excellent refinement of the earliest models, and the 3rd Generation brings all the refinements to the party that we've seen from the 3rd Generation of Ryzen CPUs. Thermals are better, power draw has been reduced, overclocking has been improved. With 24 cores and 48 threads it is unquestionably not a processor that will be for everyone. Unless you do huge amounts of those tasks that need an Enterprise based system - photo editing, video rendering, 3D modelling - then much of the time the processor will be twiddling its thumbs and your bank balance will be thinking about all the other things you could have purchased with the money saved by getting a 3900X and X570 setup. But, and it's a 'world pie eating champion' sized but, if you do rely upon getting your workflow completed in the fastest time possible then there is almost nothing that will get close to the performance you can obtain from this mighty TR 3960X processor.

The AMD Threadripper 3960X is a processor for the enthusiasts. It's ludicrously powerful, and with a hefty price tag to match. The single threaded performance has all the boost benefits we've seen from the latest Agesa updates, and in multithreaded benchmarks there is clearly no replacement from having 48 threads happily crunching numbers. It's easy to overclock too, and requires a lot less fettling than the first generation Threadripper CPUs to keep running at peak performance in a variety of tasks. Even without the Ryzen Master software we didn't see significant drops in gaming or basic desktop tasks that we saw from the initial TR 1950X. It's more user-friendly, and with greatly reduced power draw. If you are willing to put the time in to extract the most from every core in per-core overclocking.

If you've got the funds, the hardware and the requirements to utilise the AMD Threadripper 3960X to its fullest you will come away from the experience with your jaw welded to the floor. It's insanely fast, crushing all before it like a sledgehammer. We can only begin to imagine how the TR 3970X performs if the 24 core version is this good.

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25-11-2019, 16:40:44


27-11-2019, 21:39:39

It's absurd how CPUs are now at the stage where many programs and workloads can't leverage the potential fully. Obviously games are a big one, but it seems other programs and tasks may need to catch up. Intel is so far behind. It's amazing how a company so much bigger can fall so far behind.Quote

28-11-2019, 06:22:51

If they could have only priced it exactly the same as the 10980xe then it would have been the ultimate intel killer !Quote

28-11-2019, 08:20:39

Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
It's absurd how CPUs are now at the stage where many programs and workloads can't leverage the potential fully. Obviously games are a big one, but it seems other programs and tasks may need to catch up. Intel is so far behind. It's amazing how a company so much bigger can fall so far behind.
Well, go back some years and AMD dominated the CPU market while Intel were stuck sucking their thumbs. Then Sandy Bridge came along and boom. flipped control!

Intel could have stayed ahead from the get go. Their issue is greed, how they tried to milk the consumer and business segment with minuscule increases in performance and (in my eyes) major price increases. Couple that with immature short handed tactics, like their demo of the 28core CPU at 5ghz on all cores, being WATERCOOLED, or the CPU vulnerabilities. Their image is very hurt. Consumer might not care much for spectre, but enterprise and business units will.

AMD were working hard towards Zen, but of course, when you are stuck in the RnD phase with nothing to compete with, Intel got complacent. Zen exploded on the scene and put a serious dent in dominance.

By the way TTL,

Is there any way to present the numerical values on your graphs a little clearer? For me its not very easy on the eyes to extrapolate. Could it be embedded in the bars themselves perhaps?Quote

28-11-2019, 10:26:43

Intel are behind because they havn't really released a new product for years, not from complacency but because they were too aggressive with 10nm and their expectations of EUV development, and have been stuck waiting for physicists to catch up. If Intel had actually been complacent and not set such crazy targets for 10nm they wouldn't be in this mess strangely.Quote

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