AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X Review

High-end server processor released in 2018 with 12 cores and 24 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 4.3GHz, and a 180W power rating. Ryzen Threadripper 2920X is based on the Colfax 12nm family and part of the Ryzen Threadripper series.
Price 57.8%
Speed 84%
Productivity 94%
Gaming 88%
Category Server
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility sTR4
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 2 %
Year 2018 Model
Price 649 USD
Number of Cores 12 Cores
Number of Threads 24 Threads
Core Frequency 3.5 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.3 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.4 GHz
Power Consumption 180 W
Manufacturing Process 12 nm
L3 Cache 32 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 1024 GB
Price-Value Score 57.8 %
Speed Score 84 %
Productivity Score 94 %
Gaming Score 88 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 32 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 16 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 8 %
Overall Score 48/100

The Ryzen Threadripper 2920X is one of AMD's high-end Server processors. It was released in 2018 with 12 cores and 24 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 4.3GHz, and a 180W power rating. The Ryzen Threadripper 2920X is based on the Colfax 12nm family and is part of the Ryzen Threadripper series.

Ryzen Threadripper 2920X is also the successor of AMD's last gen Ryzen Threadripper 1920X processor that was based on the Zen and 14nm process and was released in 2017.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 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 2920X finally dethrones the Xeon W-2255 as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 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.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation, and the Zen+ architecture itself, is notable because it leads 12nm processors to the mainstream for the first time. But, there’s a lot more going on under the hood than just a smaller manufacturing node.

Increased IPC improvements, along with the massive turbo boost of 4.3GHz mean that even in single core performance – long a weak link of AMD’s processors – comes within reaching distance of rival chips.

It shouldn’t be too terribly surprising that a 12-core, 24-thread processor with a 4.3GHz boost clock performs like an absolute monster. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X is straight up the fastest piece of silicon you can buy without wading into the HEDT scene – at least until moving to the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 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 2920X can handle them with ease.

However, you should be aware that there are some workloads where the Xeon W-2255 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 2920X, 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 2920X slots in beneath the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, which comes with 12nm 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 2920Xs single-compute-die design, paired with a higher TDP rating that facilitates more aggressive boost clocks, could actually rival the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 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.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2 Generation is finally here, and the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X might just be the poster child for what this generation of processors has in store for consumers. Sure, it might have stuck with the 12-core, 24-thread setup, which it inherited from its predecessor, the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X. However, with the new 12nm manufacturing process, it delivers a far better performance at lower power consumption.

This decision to 12nm has brought a beefy 15% boost to IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Effectively, compared to a Ryzen Threadripper 1-Generation processor at the same clock speed, you will get a straight 15% increase in performance. That’s not big enough to be evident in day-to-day workloads, but it does still mean something.

What this all means is that the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 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 2920X.

Like its bigger Ryzen Threadripper brother, these high-end processors are all about packing more cores and hyperthreading. The Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 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 4.3GHz. It’s an impressive processor that not only beats Intel’s Xeon W and Xeon W processors, but also manages to turn its nose up at the 12-cores series.

With Ryzen Threadripper, AMD continues to innovate on its new architecture and 12nm process. Like Ryzen Threadripper, AMD has engineered Ryzen Threadripper to operate on a sTR4 chipset with all the modern amenities of computing. This includes support for DDR4 RAM, the fastest NVMe SSDs and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

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 88% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 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 2920X clocks up to 4.3Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.4GHz. 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 2920X 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 Colfax 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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