AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Threadripper 1920X Processor Review

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Real World Benchmarks

Dolphin 5.0 x64 Emulator Benchmark: link

The long awaited Dolphin 5.0 release happened in 2016 and thanks to a major cleaning up of the codebase Dolphin has reached a new level of efficiency, powered by a revitalized dynamic recompiler. Dolphin is considered by many to be the best Nintendo Wii emulator for PC you can find. It also works for Gamecube. We are running the official Dolphin 5.0 benchmark as it offers closer mapping to real world Dolphin performance as the previous version was extremely floating point heavy. We feel this is a pretty good general CPU benchmark for real world performance as emulation workloads are something that most gamers will run at one point or another.  We benchmark the standard Wii homebrew application and run it with the speed limit set to ‘unlimited’ and the External Frame Buffer set to ‘real’ in case you wanted to run this on your personal system.

Agisoft Photoscan 1.2.6 x64 – 2D to 3D Image Manipulation Benchmark: link

Agisoft PhotoScan is a stand-alone software product that performs photogrammetric processing of 2D digital images and generates 3D spatial data to be used in GIS applications, cultural heritage documentation, and visual effects production as well as for indirect measurements of objects of various scales. We us the 50 images from the ‘Building‘ sample data download page for our benchmark. We take the total time it takes to complete four steps: Align Photos, Build Dense Cloud, Build Model, Build Texture with all the default settings for each.

KeyShot 6.3 – 3D Rendering and Animation: link

KeyShot 3D rendering and animation software is one of the fastest, easiest way to create amazing, photographic visuals of your 3D data. We installed KeyShot 6.3 to do some benchmarking and real-world stress testing using the camera_benchmark.bip scene that is included with the application. This benchmark tests a 800×554 pixel image with a continuous sample rate and shows the Frames Per Second (FPS) that the scene is being rendered from. This scene has nearly 42,000 triangles and does a good job at using all available cores to render the scene.

Blender 2.78a Open Source 3D Creation Benchmark: link

Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. We use the BMW CPU Benchmark (CCO, 3MB) created by Mike Pan for our testing.

 

Real World Benchmark Results Summary: When it comes to our ‘real world’ benchmark tests we found the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X both did great in the benchmarks that were heavily multi-threaded. For example in Blender and Keyshot the Threadripper 1950X easily defeated the Intel Core i9-7900X. Our results in Photoscan weren’t much faster than the 8-core Ryzen 7 parts, so we talked with the Agisoft Team and tried out the latest build that processes data faster and uses the CPU more effectively. We saw a big performance improvement with that version on Threadripper and Skylake-X, but didn’t have time to test the other processors and platforms. The Dolphin emulator benchmark is very lightly threaded and core clock plays a huge roll in that benchmark, so it isn’t a big surprise to the AMD and Intel processors with the most cores doing poorly on Dolphin since they have lower clock speeds.

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  • nio

    Well, what I don’t understand is why your CPU diode is much lower temperature than CPU. For me it’s the total opposite and I thought by design it was normal for CPU diode to report higher temperatures than CPU, anything I’m missing here?

  • kpk1

    Great review, great performances !
    Kudos to AMD !

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Thanks to AMD as they made high-end CPUs interesting again!