AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X Review

High-end server processor released in 2017 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 4GHz, and a 180W power rating. Ryzen Threadripper 1900X is based on the Whitehaven 14nm family and part of the Ryzen Threadripper series.
Price 44.4%
Speed 80%
Productivity 82%
Gaming 86%
Category Server
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility sTR4
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 3 %
Year 2017 Model
Price 549 USD
Number of Cores 8 Cores
Number of Threads 16 Threads
Core Frequency 3.8 GHz
Boost Frequency 4 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.1 GHz
Power Consumption 180 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 16 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 1024 GB
Price-Value Score 44.4 %
Speed Score 80 %
Productivity Score 82 %
Gaming Score 86 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 35 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 17.5 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 8.8 %
Overall Score 43/100

The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X is one of AMD's high-end Server processors. It was released in 2017 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 4GHz, and a 180W power rating. The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X is based on the Whitehaven 14nm family and is part of the Ryzen Threadripper series.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 8 cores, 16 threads and high price tag. If you’re looking for the absolute best processor money can buy on a mainstream processor, then look no further. Whether you’re playing PC games or even doing hardcore video and 3D work, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X can handle them with ease.

However, you should be aware that there are some workloads where the Core i7-7820X will still perform a little better. Old games that are completely single threaded, like World of Warcraft, will still run better on an Intel processor – but that gap is definitely starting to narrow.

Over the last couple years, AMD has been reaching for dominance in the desktop CPU world, and with the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X, it's finally there.

AMD's Zen series has landed, upping the ante with Intel in its high-stakes game for desktop PC market dominance with a well-rounded lineup of new chips that push mainstream platforms to higher core counts and more raw compute than we've ever seen. As a result, Intel's commanding presence in the enthusiast space is threatened in a way we haven't seen in over a decade.

The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X slots in beneath the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, which comes with 14nm compute die to yield a 12-core 24-thread part. AMD has worked wonders to reduce the impact of this sort of multi-chip arrangement, but it's fair to assume that the Ryzen Threadripper 1900Xs single-compute-die design, paired with a higher TDP rating that facilitates more aggressive boost clocks, could actually rival the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X in some applications – games included.

As we've seen, gaming remains an advantage for Intel, so if squeezing out every last frame is all you care about, Intel's processors are a good choice. Much of that performance advantage will be less noticeable when gaming at higher resolutions, or if you pair the processors with a lesser graphics card.

What this all means is that the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X.

Ryzen Threadripper hasn’t had the smoothest entrance into the computing world with lackluster gaming and some CPU temperatures high enough to raise concerns. But after a month of optimizations plus new drivers and BIOS updates, Ryzen Threadripper seems to have bypassed those same growing pains.

Now the biggest question is can AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 86% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X clocks up to 4Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.1GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent high-end chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade X399 motherboard.

Like all other Whitehaven chips, the Ryzen Threadripper-series CPUs drop into any Socket sTR4 motherboard. But most will find a home on boards equipped with the X399 chipset, which has provisions for overclocking and offers plenty of connectivity options. Unlike Intel, AMD plans to utilize its current socket until 2020, so upgrading to future models shouldn't require a new motherboard.

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