AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X Review

High-end server processor released in 2017 with 12 cores and 24 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 4GHz, and a 180W power rating. Ryzen Threadripper 1920X is based on the Whitehaven 14nm family and part of the Ryzen Threadripper series.
Price 48.4%
Speed 80%
Productivity 93%
Gaming 86%
Category Server
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility sTR4
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 3 %
Year 2017 Model
Price 799 USD
Number of Cores 12 Cores
Number of Threads 24 Threads
Core Frequency 3.5 GHz
Boost Frequency 4 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.1 GHz
Power Consumption 180 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 32 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 1024 GB
Price-Value Score 48.4 %
Speed Score 80 %
Productivity Score 93 %
Gaming Score 86 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 35.2 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 17.6 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 8.8 %
Overall Score 46/100

The Ryzen Threadripper 1920X is one of AMD's high-end Server processors. It was released in 2017 with 12 cores and 24 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 4GHz, and a 180W power rating. The Ryzen Threadripper 1920X is based on the Whitehaven 14nm family and is part of the Ryzen Threadripper series.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X marks yet another blast from Team AMD, ramping up the intensity of the AMD vs Intel processor war. Still, though, there’s more than just core counts when it comes to a mainstream processor, as single-core performance needs to be on point, especially if you’re hoping to play the best PC games.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X finally dethrones the Xeon E5-2630 V4 as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X doesn't reach the same single-core performance as Intel, but we're starting to see more games adopt multi-threaded CPUs, so that doesn't matter as much.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 12 cores, 24 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 1920X can handle them with ease.

However, you should be aware that there are some workloads where the Xeon E5-2630 V4 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 1920X, 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 1920X slots in beneath the Ryzen Threadripper 1950, which comes with 14nm compute die to yield a 16-core 32-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 1920Xs single-compute-die design, paired with a higher TDP rating that facilitates more aggressive boost clocks, could actually rival the Ryzen Threadripper 1950 in some applications – games included.

We covered the deep dive details of the Zen chip design in our AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950 and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X review, so head there for more information on the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X's architecture, which is identical to the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X.

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.

Value seekers who aren't afraid to press the Precision Boost Overdrive button and have sufficient cooling should look to the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X for roughly equivalent performance to the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, particularly if gaming factors heavily into the buying decision. That could save you money, reinforcing our decision to give the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X an Editor's Choice award.

What this all means is that the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X 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 1920X.

Like its bigger Ryzen Threadripper brother, these high-end processors are all about packing more cores and hyperthreading. The Ryzen Threadripper 1920X sits at the top of the Ryzen Threadripper family, featuring 12-cores and 24-threads with a base clock speed of 3.5GHz that punches up to a maximum of 4GHz. It’s an impressive processor that not only beats Intel’s Xeon E5 and Xeon E5 processors, but also manages to turn its nose up at the 12-cores series.

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 1920X 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 1920X 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.

There’s a saying that two heads are better than one and, well, 12-cores are better than 10. The extra processing power of the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X puts Intel’s processors to shame, including both its closest competitor and a much higher-spec part.

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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