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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX (24 Core, 48 threads) Desktop CPU Review

Sebastian Bade, 👁 Klaus Hinum, Klaus Hinum (translated by Alex Alderson), 12/12/2018

A pure workhorse! After our closer look at the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, we have also got our hands on its sibling, the Threadripper 2970WX. The 2970WX has 24 cores and can execute up to 48 threads, which is another eight cores and 16 threads more than the 2950X has. The latter has a 500 MHz higher base clock speed and a 200 MHz higher boost clock speed though, although the 2970WX has a 70 W higher TDP. Read on to find out how the 2970WX compares against other Threadripper APUs and whether it is worth its hefty US$1,299 price tag.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper with up to 32 cores

Zen+ architecture innovations (Source: AMD)
Zen+ architecture innovations (Source: AMD)
Infinity Fabric layout for the Threadripper 2970WX (Source: AMD)
Infinity Fabric layout for the Threadripper 2970WX (Source: AMD)
An overview of pricing for WX APUs (Source: AMD)
An overview of pricing for WX APUs (Source: AMD)

AMD achieved a huge leap in performance by moving to its ZEN architecture, upon which it has further improved with its ZEN+ architecture. The company has introduced four new Threadripper APUs this year, which vary from 12 to 32 cores. The high core count makes the APUs particularly suitable for those who use many applications simultaneously, which is often the case with streamers. We have already reviewed the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, which also benefits from the new ZEN+ architecture and is noticeably more powerful than its predecessor, the Threadripper 1950X.

The new Threadripper APUs are targeted at more than just gamers though. AMD markets its two premium chips at “Creators” and “Innovators” according to the company’s marketing, which is reinforced by the WX terminology that could be a shortening of ‘Workstation X’. The two X chips are still aimed at enthusiasts and gamers.

Pricing ranges from US$649 for the Threadripper 2920X to US$1,799 for the 32-core, 64-thread Threadripper 2990WX, with AMD having launched the Threadripper 2970WX for US$1,299. The top model looks overpriced at first glance, but it is much better value for money in our opinion than comparable Intel processors, which are considerably more expensive without being noticeably more powerful.

It should be noted that all Threadripper APUs ship without a cooler. We would recommend an AIO cooler to quickly dissipate waste heat that may otherwise cause the APU to thermal throttle if it were paired with an ineffective cooling solution.

An overview of AMD Ryzen Threadripper APUs

1st generation models Cores/Threads Base clock Turbo clock TDP Launch Price
Ryzen Threadripper 1900X 8/16 3.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 180 W US$549
Ryzen Threadripper 1920X 12/24 3.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 180 W US$799
Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16/32 3.4 GHz 4.2 GHz 180 W US$999
2nd generation models Cores/Threads Base clock Turbo clock TDP Launch Price
Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 12/24 3.5 GHz 4.3 GHz 180 W US$649
Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 16/32 3.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 180 W US$899
Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 24/48 3.0 GHz 4.2 GHz 250 W US$1,299
Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 32/64 3.0 GHz 4.2 GHz 250 W US$1,799

The Test System

AMD provided us with the following hardware for our tests:

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
  • ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme (BIOS 1501, Default Settings, XMP 1 for DDR4-3200)
  • 2 x G.Skill DIMM 16 GB DDR4-3200 Kit (14-14-14-34)
  • Enermax Liqtech TR4 240 (up to 500 W TDP)

We also used the following hardware in our test system:

  • XFX AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Adrenaline 18.11.2 drivers)
  • Antec 1,200 W power supply
  • SanDisk Ultra II 240 GB
  • Samsung Evo 850 500 GB (for games)
  • Western Digital 2 TB (for games)
The Test System
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Toolkit)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Toolkit)
ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme
ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme
Asus ROG Zenith Extreme
ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme
ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme
2x G.Skill DIMM 16 GB DDR4-3200 Kit
G.Skill DIMM 8 GB DDR4-3200
G.Skill DIMM 8 GB DDR4-3200
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper packaging (Source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper accessories (Source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper accessories (Source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper packaging (Source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper packaging (Source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper packaging (Source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper packaging (Source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper packaging (Source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper packaging (Source: AMD)

Processor Benchmarks

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX vs. Intel Core i9-7960X (Source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX vs. Intel Core i9-7960X (Source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX vs. Intel Core i9-7960X (Source: AMD)

If you look at AMD’s presentation, of which we have provided screenshots, it becomes clear that the Threadripper 2970WX is superior to the Core i9-7960X. In short, the 2970WX has markedly better multi-core performance than its Intel competitor, but the Core i9-7960X has noticeably better single-core performance. AMD admitted this in its presentation to its credit though.

The Threadripper 2970WX performed extremely well in multi-core processor benchmarks like Cinebench R15, in which the 2970WX dominates the processors in our comparison table. However, its single-core performance is underwhelming. Our test device finished 2% behind the Threadripper 2950X in the single-core portion of Cinebench R15, presumably because of its lower clock speed. Moreover, it finished 19% behind the Intel Core i9-9900K and 10% behind the Intel Core i9-7900X. The Threadripper 2970WX finished just 9% ahead of the Threadripper 1950X too.

So, we would recommend considering what you need from a processor before deciding on the Threadripper 2970WX. The APU will crush the Intel competition and the Threadripper 2950X in programs that are multi-core optimised. However, you would be better off with even a Ryzen 7 2700X if you mainly use single-core applications. Primarily, the Threadripper 2970WX should be used in high-end workstations to get the most from its multi-core potential.

Performance Rating
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
78.6 pt ∼79%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
76.8 pt ∼77%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
74.7 pt ∼75%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
74.5 pt ∼75%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
72.6 pt ∼73%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
67.3 pt ∼67%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
65.5 pt ∼66%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
60.1 pt ∼60%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
213 Points ∼98% +23%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
199 Points ∼91% +15%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
192.74 Points ∼88% +11%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
176 Points ∼81% +2%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
176 Points ∼81% +2%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
173 Points ∼79%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
163 Points ∼75% -6%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
159 Points ∼73% -8%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4376 Points ∼100%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
3110 Points ∼71% -29%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
2944 Points ∼67% -33%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
2148 (min: 2133.11, max: 2158.31) Points ∼49% -51%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
2040 Points ∼47% -53%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1801 Points ∼41% -59%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
1405 (min: 1375.04, max: 1405.28) Points ∼32% -68%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1341 Points ∼31% -69%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
2.44 Points ∼100% +28%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
2.27 Points ∼93% +19%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
2.2 Points ∼90% +16%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.95 Points ∼80% +3%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.9 Points ∼78% 0%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.9 Points ∼78%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.81 Points ∼74% -5%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
1.73 Points ∼71% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
27.07 Points ∼61% +25%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
23.88 Points ∼54% +11%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
23.13 Points ∼52% +7%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
21.63 Points ∼49% 0%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
21.6 Points ∼49%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
18.68 Points ∼42% -14%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
15.64 Points ∼35% -28%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
14.56 Points ∼33% -33%
Blender 2.79 - ---
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
350 Seconds * ∼4% -216%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
264 Seconds * ∼3% -138%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
219.2 Seconds * ∼2% -98%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
163 Seconds * ∼2% -47%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
152.7 Seconds * ∼2% -38%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
110.7 Seconds * ∼1%
wPrime 2.0x
1024m
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
133.8 s * ∼2% -248%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
118.6 s * ∼1% -208%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
96.622 s * ∼1% -151%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
85.558 s * ∼1% -122%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
76 s * ∼1% -97%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
55.07 s * ∼1% -43%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
53.159 s * ∼1% -38%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
38.487 s * ∼0%
32m
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5.203 s * ∼1% -25%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4.62 s * ∼1% -11%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4.186 s * ∼1% -1%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4.156 s * ∼1%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
4 s * ∼1% +4%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
3.484 s * ∼1% +16%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
3.34 s * ∼1% +20%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
2.91 s * ∼1% +30%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
144.88 (min: 143.48, max: 145.54) fps ∼81% +24%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
134.26 (min: 133.84, max: 135.07) fps ∼75% +15%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
121 fps ∼68% +4%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
120.5 (min: 116, max: 121) fps ∼68% +3%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
116.5 (min: 115, max: 117) fps ∼65%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
104.5 fps ∼59% -10%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
87.4 fps ∼49% -25%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
80.5 fps ∼45% -31%
Pass 1
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
270 (min: 265, max: 272) fps ∼98% +34%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
232 (min: 229, max: 233) fps ∼84% +15%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
226.7 fps ∼82% +12%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
217 fps ∼79% +7%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
207.4 fps ∼75% +3%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
202.305 (min: 200.47, max: 203.47) fps ∼73% 0%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
202 (min: 198, max: 202) fps ∼73%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
189.58 (min: 188.03, max: 193.43) fps ∼69% -6%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
18 fps ∼59%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
17.5 fps ∼58% -3%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
16.9 fps ∼56% -6%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
16.3 fps ∼54% -9%
WinRAR - Result
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8518 KB/s ∼100% +100%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
7120 KB/s ∼84% +67%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
5918 KB/s ∼69% +39%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4779 KB/s ∼56% +12%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4599 KB/s ∼54% +8%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4548 KB/s ∼53% +7%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4261 KB/s ∼50%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
4150 KB/s ∼49% -3%
TrueCrypt
Serpent Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.9 GB/s ∼86%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
1.8 GB/s ∼82% -5%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.8 GB/s ∼82% -5%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
1.2 GB/s ∼55% -37%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.2 GB/s ∼55% -37%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1 GB/s ∼45% -47%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
0.793 GB/s ∼36% -58%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
0.78 GB/s ∼35% -59%
Twofish Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
3 GB/s ∼81%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
2.9 GB/s ∼78% -3%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
2.9 GB/s ∼78% -3%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
2.1 GB/s ∼57% -30%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.9 GB/s ∼51% -37%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.6 GB/s ∼43% -47%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
1.4 GB/s ∼38% -53%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.2 GB/s ∼32% -60%
AES Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
19.5 GB/s ∼94% +60%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
19 GB/s ∼92% +56%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
12.2 GB/s ∼59%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
12.1 GB/s ∼58% -1%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
11.5 GB/s ∼56% -6%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
10.6 GB/s ∼51% -13%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
8 GB/s ∼39% -34%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8 GB/s ∼39% -34%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
36198 Points ∼63% +13%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
34233 Points ∼59% +7%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
32029 Points ∼56%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
28877 Points ∼50% -10%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
25919 Points ∼45% -19%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
25223 Points ∼44% -21%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
21616 Points ∼38% -33%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
6339 Points ∼100% +42%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
5937 Points ∼94% +33%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4999 Points ∼79% +12%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4903 Points ∼77% +10%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4706 Points ∼74% +5%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4463 Points ∼70%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
4304 Points ∼68% -4%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance Physics
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
17834 Points ∼91% +45%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
17222 Points ∼88% +40%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
15260 Points ∼78% +24%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
15025 Points ∼77% +22%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
12297 Points ∼63%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
12074 Points ∼62% -2%

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Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark loop

We subjected the Threadripper 2970WX to a loop of the Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark to determine its behaviour under sustained load. We recorded an average power consumption of 192.3 W during the looped benchmark, while the APU maintained a consistent 3.15 GHz clock speed. Moreover, the core temperatures peaked at only 60 °C thanks to the AIO and its 240 mm radiator. Our test APU averaged 4,283 points in Cinebench R15, a score from which it only varied by 60 points throughout the entire benchmark loop. Overall, the Threadripper 2970WX can easily maintain its peak performance when paired with an appropriate AIO.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX during a looped Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX during a looped Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark
Power consumption of our test system during a looped Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark
Power consumption of our test system during a looped Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark

AMD Threadripper 2970WX Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark loop performance

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Game Performance

Use cases for different AMD APUs (Source: AMD)
Use cases for different AMD APUs (Source: AMD)

One area in which the Threadripper 2970WX struggles is games, which typically benefit from higher single-core performance. Unfortunately, the APU is at a big disadvantage compared to its higher-clocked counterparts. While the ZEN+ architecture has made improvements in many areas, it offers few benefits in this scenario.

The above paragraph may read negatively, but the Threadripper 2970WX is still suitable for heavy gaming. However, it won't be breaking any FPS records and is simply worse value for money than a Ryzen 5 2600X or Ryzen 7 2700X, which both achieve around 11%-13% higher FPS with the same GPU. It is worth keeping in mind that these values are averages and the difference among the three APUs varies from game to game.

In AMD’s defence, the company has designed its Threadripper WX APUs for heavy multi-core work and not for gaming. You could enable gaming mode in AMD Ryzen Master, but switching this setting on provides better performance at the cost of limiting the APU to using just six cores and 12 threads. Please bear in mind that you must restart your system to activate or deactivate gaming mode once you have made changes within Ryzen Master. We hope that AMD can change this as it is not user-friendly at present.

Performance Rating
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
96 pt ∼96%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
90.8 pt ∼91%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
89.4 pt ∼89%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
89.4 pt ∼89%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
87.3 pt ∼87%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
84.8 pt ∼85%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
80.3 pt ∼80%
Battlefield V
3840x2160 Ultra Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
71.2 (min: 57, max: 104) fps ∼100% +23%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
60.3 (min: 49, max: 98) fps ∼85% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
58 (min: 47, max: 94) fps ∼81%
1280x720 Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
194.4 (min: 167, max: 201) fps ∼100% +11%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
175.9 (min: 126, max: 197) fps ∼90%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
160 (min: 89, max: 197) fps ∼82% -9%
Hitman 2
3840x2160 Ultra AF:16x
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
52.7 (min: 37, max: 59) fps ∼100% +20%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
47.4 (min: 41, max: 55) fps ∼90% +8%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
44 (min: 37, max: 51) fps ∼83%
1280x720 Low AF:Trilinear
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
91 (min: 68, max: 121) fps ∼100% +22%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
75.9 (min: 58, max: 95) fps ∼83% +2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
74.6 (min: 55, max: 97) fps ∼82%
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey
3840x2160 Ultra High Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
38 (min: 24, max: 67) fps ∼100% +36%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
29 (min: 5, max: 64) fps ∼76% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
28 (min: 19, max: 45) fps ∼74%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
27 fps ∼71% -4%
1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
120 (min: 52, max: 163) fps ∼100% +111%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
101 fps ∼84% +77%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
73 (min: 20, max: 101) fps ∼61% +28%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
57 (min: 20, max: 87) fps ∼48%
Forza Horizon 4
3840x2160 Ultra Preset AA:2xMS
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
73 fps ∼100% +18%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
67 fps ∼92% +8%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
62 fps ∼85% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
62 fps ∼85%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
252 fps ∼100% +63%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
200 fps ∼79% +29%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
155 fps ∼62%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
141 fps ∼56% -9%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
3840x2160 Highest Preset AA:T
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
43 fps ∼100% +43%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
32 fps ∼74% +7%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
30 fps ∼70%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
29 fps ∼67% -3%
1280x720 Lowest Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
207 fps ∼100% +63%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
127 fps ∼61%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
117 fps ∼57% -8%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
107 fps ∼52% -16%
Monster Hunter World
3840x2160 Highest Preset (Image Quality High)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
35.4 (min: 32, max: 44) fps ∼100% +30%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
28.9 (min: 26, max: 34) fps ∼82% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
27.2 (min: 25, max: 32) fps ∼77%
1280x720 Low Preset (Image Quality High)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
130.4 (min: 111, max: 140) fps ∼100% +24%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
116.1 (min: 73, max: 134) fps ∼89% +10%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
105.4 (min: 69, max: 122) fps ∼81%
F1 2018
3840x2160 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
74 (min: 63, max: 83) fps ∼100% +42%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
52 (min: 45, max: 59) fps ∼70%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
49 (min: 42, max: 55) fps ∼66% -6%
1280x720 Ultra Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
212 (min: 160, max: 233) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
182 (min: 141, max: 205) fps ∼86% -14%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
141 (min: 107, max: 160) fps ∼67% -33%
The Crew 2
3840x2160 Ultra Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
49.7 (min: 44, max: 58) fps ∼100% +55%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
42.3 fps ∼85% +32%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
32.1 fps ∼65%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
60 fps ∼100% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
60 fps ∼100% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
60 fps ∼100%
1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
60 fps ∼100% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
60 fps ∼100% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
60 fps ∼100%
Far Cry 5
3840x2160 Ultra Preset AA:T
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
53 (min: 46, max: 64) fps ∼100% +20%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
46 (min: 39, max: 58) fps ∼87% +5%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
45 (min: 38, max: 60) fps ∼85% +2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
44 (min: 37, max: 56) fps ∼83% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
44 (min: 38, max: 56) fps ∼83% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
44 (min: 38, max: 57) fps ∼83%
1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
134 (min: 120, max: 147) fps ∼100% +103%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
110 (min: 89, max: 142) fps ∼82% +67%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
106 (min: 86, max: 144) fps ∼79% +61%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
90 (min: 73, max: 122) fps ∼67% +36%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
88 (min: 72, max: 115) fps ∼66% +33%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
66 (min: 55, max: 82) fps ∼49%
1280x720 Low Preset AA:T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
167 (min: 136, max: 227) fps ∼100% +135%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
125 (min: 99, max: 171) fps ∼75% +76%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
122 (min: 97, max: 162) fps ∼73% +72%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
100 (min: 82, max: 133) fps ∼60% +41%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
96 (min: 77, max: 116) fps ∼57% +35%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
71 (min: 59, max: 88) fps ∼43%
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
3840x2160 Ultra High Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
36.5 (min: 31, max: 40) fps ∼100% +47%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
34.6 (min: 29, max: 38) fps ∼95% +40%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
27.1 (min: 22, max: 31) fps ∼74% +9%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
24.8 (min: 21, max: 28) fps ∼68%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
128.4 (min: 107, max: 149) fps ∼100% +24%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
111.4 (min: 74, max: 151) fps ∼87% +8%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
111.3 (min: 90, max: 131) fps ∼87% +8%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
103.2 (min: 61, max: 137) fps ∼80%
1280x720 Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
152 (min: 111, max: 195) fps ∼100% +24%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
126.3 (min: 88, max: 160) fps ∼83% +3%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
122.4 (min: 59, max: 163) fps ∼81%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
121.4 (min: 103, max: 145) fps ∼80% -1%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
3840x2160 High Quality
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
28.8 fps ∼100% +7%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
28 (min: 19, max: 40) fps ∼97% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
27.9 (min: 20, max: 42) fps ∼97% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
27.9 (min: 20, max: 42) fps ∼97% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
27.7 (min: 13, max: 43) fps ∼96% +3%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
26.9 (min: 18, max: 43) fps ∼93%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
96.1 fps ∼100% +11%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
88.2 (min: 58, max: 118) fps ∼92% +2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
88.1 (min: 61, max: 116) fps ∼92% +2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
87.7 (min: 62, max: 118) fps ∼91% +1%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
86.6 (min: 66, max: 114) fps ∼90%
1280x720 Lite Quality
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
172.1 fps ∼100% +57%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
145.6 (min: 94, max: 177) fps ∼85% +33%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
143 (min: 98, max: 201) fps ∼83% +31%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
133.6 (min: 88, max: 191) fps ∼78% +22%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
109.3 (min: 63, max: 133) fps ∼64%
Assassin´s Creed Origins
3840x2160 Ultra High Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
34 (min: 25, max: 55) fps ∼100% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
34 fps ∼100% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
34 fps ∼100% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
34 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
33 fps ∼97% -3%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
88 fps ∼100% +63%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
76 fps ∼86% +41%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
71 fps ∼81% +31%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
64 (min: 27, max: 93) fps ∼73% +19%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
54 fps ∼61%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
105 fps ∼100% +81%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
81 fps ∼77% +40%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
76 fps ∼72% +31%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
68 (min: 34, max: 93) fps ∼65% +17%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
58 fps ∼55%
F1 2017
3840x2160 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
95 (min: 81, max: 112) fps ∼100% +70%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
91 (min: 79, max: 108) fps ∼96% +63%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
56 (min: 51, max: 64) fps ∼59%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
55 (min: 48, max: 65) fps ∼58% -2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
55 (min: 48, max: 65) fps ∼58% -2%
1280x720 Ultra Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
230 (min: 178, max: 266) fps ∼100% +10%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
209 (min: 169, max: 247) fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
208 (min: 167, max: 238) fps ∼90% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
189 (min: 145, max: 197) fps ∼82% -10%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
189 (min: 145, max: 197) fps ∼82% -10%
Ghost Recon Wildlands
3840x2160 Very High Preset AA:T AF:8x
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
38.4 (min: 28, max: 44) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
37.6 (min: 27.6, max: 42.9) fps ∼98% -2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
36.7 (min: 28, max: 42) fps ∼96% -4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
36.2 (min: 27, max: 42) fps ∼94% -6%
1280x720 Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
127.6 (min: 109, max: 146) fps ∼100% +35%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
113.5 (min: 93, max: 131) fps ∼89% +20%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
110 (min: 95, max: 126) fps ∼86% +16%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
94.8 (min: 80, max: 107) fps ∼74%
For Honor
3840x2160 High Preset AA:T AF:8x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
78 (min: 62, max: 105) fps ∼100% +55%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
50.4 (min: 42.4, max: 58.1) fps ∼65% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
50.4 (min: 41, max: 61) fps ∼65%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
49.5 (min: 39, max: 59) fps ∼63% -2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
49 (min: 40, max: 58) fps ∼63% -3%
1280x720 Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
285.6 (min: 158.1, max: 368.9) fps ∼100% +33%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
263.8 (min: 104, max: 311) fps ∼92% +22%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
215.4 (min: 157, max: 278) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
155 (min: 129, max: 180) fps ∼54% -28%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
142.8 (min: 107, max: 160) fps ∼50% -34%
Watch Dogs 2
3840x2160 High Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
37.8 (min: 34, max: 42) fps ∼100% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
37.8 (min: 34, max: 44) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
36.9 (min: 32, max: 42) fps ∼98% -2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
36.2 (min: 32, max: 40) fps ∼96% -4%
1366x768 Medium Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
102.4 (min: 76, max: 131) fps ∼100% +21%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
92.3 (min: 65, max: 121) fps ∼90% +9%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
88 (min: 67, max: 110) fps ∼86% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
84.5 (min: 63, max: 109) fps ∼83%
1280x720 Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
115.7 (min: 87, max: 146) fps ∼100% +24%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
99.3 (min: 75, max: 124) fps ∼86% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
98.3 (min: 14, max: 133) fps ∼85% +5%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
93.6 (min: 70, max: 117) fps ∼81%
Battlefield 1
3840x2160 High Preset AA:T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
65.6 (min: 59, max: 69) fps ∼100% +7%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
65.2 (min: 58, max: 71) fps ∼99% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
61.4 (min: 56, max: 64) fps ∼94% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
61.3 (min: 55, max: 69) fps ∼93%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
61.2 (min: 55, max: 69) fps ∼93% 0%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:FX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
200 (min: 197, max: 201) fps ∼100% +35%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
197.5 (min: 188, max: 201) fps ∼99% +33%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
164.7 (min: 150, max: 187) fps ∼82% +11%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
162 (min: 153, max: 177) fps ∼81% +9%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
148.1 (min: 141, max: 159) fps ∼74%
1280x720 Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
200 (min: 173, max: 201) fps ∼100% +26%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
199.1 (min: 182, max: 201) fps ∼100% +25%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
181.4 (min: 141, max: 194) fps ∼91% +14%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
173 (min: 161, max: 185) fps ∼87% +9%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
158.8 (min: 147, max: 174) fps ∼79%
Deus Ex Mankind Divided
3840x2160 High Preset AF:4x
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
37.5 (min: 29, max: 47.2) fps ∼100% +8%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
36.2 (min: 29.3, max: 45.7) fps ∼97% +5%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
35.5 fps ∼95% +3%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
34.6 (min: 27, max: 43) fps ∼92%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
122.6 (min: 83.3, max: 191.2) fps ∼100% +29%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
109.1 (min: 69.7, max: 165.9) fps ∼89% +15%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
107.9 fps ∼88% +14%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
95 (min: 67, max: 137) fps ∼77%
1280x720 Low Preset AF:1x
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
115.9 (min: 34.5, max: 180.5) fps ∼100% +34%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
114.5 (min: 80.2, max: 178.2) fps ∼99% +32%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
112.8 fps ∼97% +30%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
86.7 (min: 61, max: 126.2) fps ∼75%
The Division
3840x2160 High Preset AF:8x
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
50.9 fps ∼100% +1%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
50.6 fps ∼99% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
50.5 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
50.3 fps ∼99% 0%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:4x
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
185.1 fps ∼100% +12%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
174.7 fps ∼94% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
171.4 fps ∼93% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
165.1 fps ∼89%
1280x720 Low Preset AF:1x
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
236.1 fps ∼100% +16%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
205.3 fps ∼87% +1%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
205.1 fps ∼87% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
204.1 fps ∼86%
Far Cry Primal
3840x2160 High Preset AA:SM
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
50 (min: 46, max: 56) fps ∼100% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
50 (min: 44, max: 55) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
49 (min: 45, max: 54) fps ∼98% -2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
48 (min: 44, max: 52) fps ∼96% -4%
1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:SM
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
114 (min: 85, max: 138) fps ∼100% +78%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
106 (min: 76, max: 128) fps ∼93% +66%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
87 (min: 66, max: 106) fps ∼76% +36%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
64 (min: 52, max: 75) fps ∼56%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
51.2 (min: 47, max: 58) fps ∼100% +7%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
51.2 (min: 45, max: 58) fps ∼100% +7%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
50.4 (min: 45, max: 57) fps ∼98% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
47.7 (min: 43, max: 52) fps ∼93%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
44.6 (min: 40, max: 50) fps ∼87% -6%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
193.3 (min: 177, max: 216) fps ∼100% +8%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
189.7 (min: 178, max: 203) fps ∼98% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
178.7 (min: 163, max: 200) fps ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
178.5 (min: 166, max: 197) fps ∼92% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
174.7 (min: 162, max: 200) fps ∼90% -2%
1024x768 Lowest Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
305.2 (min: 278, max: 339) fps ∼100% +25%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
263.7 (min: 256, max: 276) fps ∼86% +8%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
262.2 (min: 252, max: 300) fps ∼86% +7%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
258.9 (min: 230, max: 274) fps ∼85% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
244.8 (min: 237, max: 255) fps ∼80%
The Witcher 3
3840x2160 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
51.2 (min: 48, max: 56) fps ∼100% +9%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
49.7 (min: 42, max: 56) fps ∼97% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
49.1 (min: 44, max: 54) fps ∼96% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
47.7 (min: 43, max: 53) fps ∼93% +1%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
47.1 (min: 35, max: 54) fps ∼92%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
232.3 (min: 212, max: 249) fps ∼100% +27%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
222.3 (min: 196, max: 246) fps ∼96% +22%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
220 (min: 207, max: 247) fps ∼95% +20%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
201.1 (min: 176, max: 227) fps ∼87% +10%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
182.6 (min: 161, max: 206) fps ∼79%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
349 (min: 260, max: 392) fps ∼100% +45%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
332.1 (min: 289, max: 377) fps ∼95% +38%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
318.2 (min: 289, max: 352) fps ∼91% +32%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
298.7 (min: 259, max: 354) fps ∼86% +24%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
258.5 (min: 219, max: 295) fps ∼74% +8%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
240.2 (min: 158, max: 270) fps ∼69%
Battlefield 4
3840x2160 High Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
77 (min: 70, max: 92) fps ∼100% +7%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
76.4 (min: 69, max: 91) fps ∼99% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
76.4 (min: 69, max: 91) fps ∼99% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
73.4 (min: 63, max: 89) fps ∼95% +2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
72.2 (min: 65, max: 86) fps ∼94%
1366x768 Medium Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
200 (min: 179, max: 202) fps ∼100% +2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
200 (min: 195, max: 201) fps ∼100% +2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
195.3 (min: 174, max: 201) fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
188 (min: 181, max: 194) fps ∼94% -4%
1024x768 Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
200 (min: 190, max: 202) fps ∼100% +1%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
200 (min: 192, max: 201) fps ∼100% +1%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
197.2 (min: 174, max: 201) fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
191.8 (min: 178, max: 200) fps ∼96% -3%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
170.7 (min: 58.8, max: 296.1) fps ∼100% +10%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
164.4 (min: 57.2, max: 282.2) fps ∼96% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
163 (min: 40, max: 344) fps ∼95% +5%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
154.8 (min: 38, max: 343) fps ∼91%
1366x768 Medium Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
289.1 (min: 59.7, max: 743.3) fps ∼100% +32%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
274 (min: 59.5, max: 723.1) fps ∼95% +25%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
254.7 (min: 51, max: 744) fps ∼88% +16%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
219.7 (min: 45, max: 715) fps ∼76%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
308.4 (min: 29.9, max: 784.2) fps ∼100% +11%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
299.1 (min: 29.9, max: 767.3) fps ∼97% +8%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
297.3 (min: 19, max: 869) fps ∼96% +7%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
276.6 (min: 54, max: 664) fps ∼90%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
38335 Points ∼100% +35%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
31265 Points ∼82% +10%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (27881 - 31877, n=13)
30286 Points ∼79% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
29935 Points ∼78% +5%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
29285 Points ∼76% +3%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
28493 Points ∼74%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
27632 Points ∼72% -3%
Average of class
  (-1 - 50983, n=3221)
5593 Points ∼15% -80%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
9635 Points ∼100% +41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
9463 Points ∼98% +39%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
7221 Points ∼75% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
7183 Points ∼75% +5%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
7129 Points ∼74% +4%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (6530 - 7284, n=14)
7024 Points ∼73% +3%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
6824 Points ∼71%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
6815 Points ∼71% 0%
Average of class
  (76 - 14645, n=541)
3913 Points ∼41% -43%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
27582 Points ∼100% +43%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
27349 Points ∼99% +42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i7-8700K
26515 Points ∼96% +38%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
23117 Points ∼84% +20%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
22761 Points ∼83% +18%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
22338 Points ∼81% +16%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (19234 - 23194, n=14)
22053 Points ∼80% +15%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
21547 Points ∼78% +12%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
19234 Points ∼70%
Average of class
  (90 - 40636, n=2367)
5227 Points ∼19% -73%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i7-8700K
157012 Points ∼100% +136%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
156190 Points ∼99% +134%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
127011 Points ∼81% +91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
120426 Points ∼77% +81%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (60794 - 156190, n=14)
118686 Points ∼76% +78%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
102781 Points ∼65% +54%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
86339 Points ∼55% +30%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
66653 Points ∼42%
Average of class
  (145 - 184578, n=2468)
27698 Points ∼18% -58%
Unigine Heaven 4.0
Extreme Preset OpenGL
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (82.8 - 89.6, n=7)
85.4 fps ∼100% +3%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
82.8 fps ∼97% 0%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
82.8 fps ∼97%
Average of class
  (2.2 - 204, n=96)
58.3 fps ∼68% -30%
Extreme Preset DX11
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
106.6 fps ∼100% +5%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (102 - 109, n=7)
106 fps ∼99% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
101.9 fps ∼96%
Average of class
  (2.1 - 224, n=248)
64.1 fps ∼60% -37%
Unigine Valley 1.0
1920x1080 Extreme HD DirectX AA:x8
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (74.6 - 81.8, n=7)
79.1 fps ∼100% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
77.8 fps ∼98% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
74.6 fps ∼94%
Average of class
  (1.2 - 164, n=158)
50.6 fps ∼64% -32%
1920x1080 Extreme HD Preset OpenGL AA:x8
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (56.1 - 59.3, n=7)
58.1 fps ∼100% +2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
56.9 fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
56.1 fps ∼97% -1%
Average of class
  (1.7 - 145, n=125)
39.6 fps ∼68% -30%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (72.4 - 82.5, n=6)
78.5 fps ∼100% +8%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
77.09 fps ∼98% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
72.43 fps ∼92%
Average of class
  (0.97 - 212, n=282)
53.6 fps ∼68% -26%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
206.77 fps ∼100% +793%
Average of class
  (1.07 - 256, n=282)
31.6 fps ∼15% +36%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (21.3 - 28.9, n=6)
24.3 fps ∼12% +5%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
23.16 fps ∼11%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
137.04 fps ∼100% +24%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (110 - 115, n=6)
112 fps ∼82% +1%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
110.77 fps ∼81%
Average of class
  (2.63 - 192, n=270)
42.7 fps ∼31% -61%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
79.59 fps ∼100% +74%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (45.7 - 51, n=6)
48.8 fps ∼61% +7%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
45.66 fps ∼57%
Average of class
  (0.58 - 87, n=274)
22.1 fps ∼28% -52%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (74.5 - 105, n=6)
87.5 fps ∼100% +17%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
79.67 fps ∼91% +7%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
74.54 fps ∼85%
Average of class
  (2.09 - 195, n=281)
54.1 fps ∼62% -27%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
19.78 fps ∼100% +63%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
12.13 fps ∼61%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (5.21 - 12.7, n=6)
11.3 fps ∼57% -7%
Average of class
  (0.04 - 28.1, n=274)
6.16 fps ∼31% -49%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
75.42 fps ∼100% +45%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (52.1 - 62.5, n=6)
57.4 fps ∼76% +10%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
52.09 fps ∼69%
Average of class
  (0.91 - 160, n=283)
42.9 fps ∼57% -18%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (151 - 162, n=6)
157 fps ∼100% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
150.62 fps ∼96%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
100.27 fps ∼64% -33%
Average of class
  (4.56 - 197, n=279)
54.8 fps ∼35% -64%
1900x1060 3ds Max (3dsmax-05)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
151.85 fps ∼100% +5%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
144.46 fps ∼95%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (129 - 159, n=6)
143 fps ∼94% -1%
Average of class
  (11 - 272, n=85)
112 fps ∼74% -22%
SPECviewperf 13
Solidworks (sw-04)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (92.8 - 102, n=6)
98.3 fps ∼100% +6%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
92.75 fps ∼94%
Average of class
  (3.69 - 189, n=84)
86.5 fps ∼88% -7%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
82.05 fps ∼83% -12%
Siemens NX (snx-03)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
370.89 fps ∼100% +789%
Average of class
  (4.37 - 462, n=84)
95.3 fps ∼26% +128%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (38.4 - 51.6, n=6)
43.8 fps ∼12% +5%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
41.72 fps ∼11%
Showcase (showcase-02)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
136.84 fps ∼100% +27%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (108 - 115, n=6)
112 fps ∼82% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
108.15 fps ∼79%
Average of class
  (4.99 - 192, n=77)
70.9 fps ∼52% -34%
Medical (medical-02)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
71.36 fps ∼100% +131%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (30.9 - 73.8, n=6)
48.3 fps ∼68% +57%
Average of class
  (1.96 - 89.3, n=77)
40.2 fps ∼56% +30%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
30.86 fps ∼43%
Maya (maya-05)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
236.54 fps ∼100% +21%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (196 - 211, n=6)
202 fps ∼85% +3%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
195.62 fps ∼83%
Average of class
  (15.7 - 402, n=83)
160 fps ∼68% -18%
Energy (energy-02)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
32.46 fps ∼100% +41%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
22.98 fps ∼71%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (7.55 - 23.8, n=6)
19.3 fps ∼59% -16%
Average of class
  (0.21 - 51.9, n=71)
15.4 fps ∼47% -33%
Creo (creo-02)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
185.23 fps ∼100% +73%
Average of class
  (15.2 - 308, n=84)
126 fps ∼68% +18%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (107 - 110, n=6)
109 fps ∼59% +2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
107.1 fps ∼58%
Catia (catia-05)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (225 - 241, n=6)
234 fps ∼100% +4%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
225.07 fps ∼96%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
161.39 fps ∼69% -28%
Average of class
  (17.4 - 302, n=83)
135 fps ∼58% -40%
3ds Max (3dsmax-06)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
153.41 fps ∼100% +9%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (130 - 160, n=6)
143 fps ∼93% +2%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
140.83 fps ∼92%
Average of class
  (10.8 - 269, n=83)
121 fps ∼79% -14%
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark Vantage
 
3DMark 03 Standard129519 points
3DMark 05 Standard
29455 points
3DMark 06 Standard
31783 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
55262 points
3DMark 11 Performance
20440 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
137997 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
34160 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
15462 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
9469 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
6937 points
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AMD Threadripper 2970WX + AMD Radeon RX Vega 64

low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 276.6 219.7 214.5 154.8 fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 197.2 195.3 196 134.9 72.2 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 240.2 182.6 135.7 78.8 47.1 fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 300.3 253 236.8 200.7 78.4 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 244.8 178.7 112.9 94.2 47.7 fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 71 64 59 55 50 fps
The Division (2016) 204.1 165.1 115 96.7 50.5 fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 86.7 95 86.5 51.5 34.6 fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 158.8 148.1 137.1 125.7 61.3 fps
Watch Dogs 2 (2016) 93.6 84.5 77.7 65.5 37.8 fps
For Honor (2017) 215.4 164.4 158.8 125.7 50.4 fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 94.8 71.2 70 49.8 38.4 fps
F1 2017 (2017) 209 176 141 121 56 fps
Assassin´s Creed Origins (2017) 58 54 54 49 34 fps
Call of Duty WWII (2017) 149.6 152.6 104.3 102.1 64.1 fps
Need for Speed Payback (2017) 108.1 101.4 97.8 97 50.7 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 109.3 86.6 57.5 26.9 fps
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) 122.4 103.2 83.9 64.9 24.8 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 71 66 63 60 44 fps
The Crew 2 (2018) 60 60 60 60 32.1 fps
Monster Hunter World (2018) 105.4 105.9 98.7 78.7 27.2 fps
F1 2018 (2018) 212 181 149 118 52 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 127 102 93 84 30 fps
Forza Horizon 4 (2018) 155 119 118 117 62 fps
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey (2018) 57 53 49 42 28 fps
Hitman 2 (2018) 74.6 71 65.2 64 44 fps
Battlefield V (2018) 175.9 145.8 138.3 129.6 58 fps

Application Performance

PCMark 10 score at stock settings
PCMark 10 score at stock settings

The Threadripper 2970WX finished last in our PCMark 10 comparison table, which suggests that the benchmark is not optimised for multi-core processors. We did not notice such performance restrictions in daily use though, with our test system running smoothly and stably throughout testing. Pairing the APU with an NVMe SSD would further improve its PCMark benchmark scores.

AMD has also announced as part of the release of its 2nd-generation Threadripper APUs that its StoreMI tool will come free of charge with all X399 motherboards. StoreMI combines the advantages of SSDs and HDDs into one by generating a virtual drive from two disks and 2 GB RAM. The tool then analyses user behaviour and stores frequently used applications on the faster virtual drive.

A graphical representation of how StoreMI works (Source: AMD)
A graphical representation of how StoreMI works (Source: AMD)
The benefits of using StoreMI (Source: AMD)
The benefits of using StoreMI (Source: AMD)
PCMark 10 - Score
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7764 Points ∼100% +42%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7451 Points ∼96% +36%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7337 Points ∼95% +34%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
7285 Points ∼94% +33%
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7035 Points ∼91% +28%
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
6432 Points ∼83% +17%
Intel Core i7-8700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
6150 Points ∼79% +12%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5481 Points ∼71%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5975 Points ∼100% +32%
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
5325 Points ∼89% +17%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4891 Points ∼82% +8%
Intel Core i7-8700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
4821 Points ∼81% +6%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4750 Points ∼79% +5%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4735 Points ∼79% +4%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4534 Points ∼76%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
4520 Points ∼76% 0%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
8794 Points ∼100% +21%
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8604 Points ∼98% +18%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8217 Points ∼93% +13%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
8166 Points ∼93% +12%
Intel Core i7-8700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
8110 Points ∼92% +11%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7948 Points ∼90% +9%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7859 Points ∼89% +8%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7297 Points ∼83%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5523 Points ∼100% +38%
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
5239 Points ∼95% +31%
Intel Core i7-8700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
4648 Points ∼84% +16%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4483 Points ∼81% +12%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4392 Points ∼80% +10%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
4367 Points ∼79% +9%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4359 Points ∼79% +9%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
3992 Points ∼72%
PCMark 7 Score
7892 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3992 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
7297 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4534 points
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Cooling

AMD provided us with an AIO liquid-cooling system to effectively cool the Threadripper 2970WX throughout our tests. The AIO is the Enermax Liqtech TR4 240, which is rated up to 500 W. The two fans are audible under load on stock settings, but the fan curve is freely configurable in the BIOS should you wish to change it. Please note that we kept all settings at stock for our tests, except for when we overclocked the APU. We will cover overclocking in detail at the end of this article.

The Liqtech TR4 240 is easy to install and leaves the first PCIe slot free, unlike the Wraith Ripper that we used for our Threadripper 2950X review. Likewise, the Liqtech TR4 240 does not obstruct the RAM slots either. We would always recommend using an AIO cooler if you have space within your case as they cool processors more effectively than air coolers do.

Enermax Liqtech 240 TR4
Enermax Liqtech 240 TR4
What’s in the box
What’s in the box

Temperature

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX during a Prime95 stress test with the Enermax Liqtech 240 fitted
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX during a Prime95 stress test with the Enermax Liqtech 240 fitted

The Threadripper 2970WX completed a Prime95 stress test without any issues. Core temperatures reached a maximum of 59.4 °C during the one-hour stress test, which is remarkable since the APU maintained a 3.6 GHz clock speed across 24 cores. We should point out that the motherboard offsets the APU temperature by 27 °C to make the cooling system work more effectively. The downside of this is that the fans spin up quickly when the APU is pushed hard, which we found annoying by the end of our tests.

We should also note that the Threadripper 2970WX’s 250 W TDP causes the VRMs to get significantly hotter than when they are working with a processor that has a 180 W TDP. Fortunately, some OEMs offer retrofit kits to combat the increased heat dissipation from the VRMs. The ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme is one such example and has an additional heatsink designed to specifically cool the VRMs around its first PCIe slot. We would recommend equipping the board with the additional heatsink when it is paired with any 250 W processor. The VRMs on our test motherboard averaged 63 ° C during our load tests, although they reached a maximum of 74 °C after about 11.5 minutes of testing. Please note that we measured these temperatures on an open system, so we would expect the VRMs to get even hotter in a closed system.

Temperatures - CPU Temperature Prime95
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
72 (min: 33, max: 83) °C ∼100% +21%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
71 °C ∼99% +20%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
70.5 °C ∼98% +19%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
64 °C ∼89% +8%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
59.4 °C ∼83%

Power Consumption

The Threadripper 2970WX has a 250 W TDP as mentioned in previous sections. By comparison, the Threadripper 1950X and the Threadripper 2950X both have 180 W TDPs. The Threadripper 2970WX is therefore not an economical processor at first glance, but it powers considerably more cores.

Nevertheless, an X399 platform is not the basis for an energy-efficient system. Our test system consumes around 96 W at idle, which is higher than any of our other test systems in our comparison table. Power consumption rose to an average of 378 W during a Cinebench R15 multi-core looped benchmark, while we recorded an average consumption of 441 W during a stress test. Our test device system consumed an eye-watering 475 W while playing The Witcher 3 at 1080p on ultra graphics; the CPU was not even being pushed to its limits either, so our test system could conceivably consume more power in CPU-heavy games. Please note that our power consumption values do not include an external monitor.

Power consumption at idle
Power consumption at idle
Power consumption during a Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark loop
Power consumption during a Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark loop
Power consumption during a Prime95 stress test
Power consumption during a Prime95 stress test
Power consumption while playing The Witcher 3 on the ultra preset
Power consumption while playing The Witcher 3 on the ultra preset
Power Consumption
Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
378 (min: 375, max: 380) Watt * ∼100%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
263 Watt * ∼70% +30%
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) (Idle: 63.4 W)
243 Watt * ∼64% +36%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Idle: 74.3 W)
219.2 Watt * ∼58% +42%
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
203.22 (min: 197, max: 205) Watt * ∼54% +46%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
164.45 (min: 159.3, max: 165.75) Watt * ∼44% +56%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
441 (min: 382, max: 475) Watt * ∼100%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
421 Watt * ∼95% +5%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
411 Watt * ∼93% +7%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Idle: 74.3 W)
408 Watt * ∼93% +7%
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) (99 fps, Idle: 63.4 W)
373 Watt * ∼85% +15%
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (80 fps)
366.06 Watt * ∼83% +17%

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Overclocking

A heat map of the Enermax Liqtech 240 cooler during a stress test with the processor running at 4.1 GHz.
A heat map of the Enermax Liqtech 240 cooler during a stress test with the processor running at 4.1 GHz.

The Threadripper 2970WX delivers an excellent performance on stock settings, but we could squeeze more power from it by overclocking its clock speed. The APU has an unlocked multiplier, which allowed us to overclock the APU to 4.1 GHz on all cores. We also increased the voltage to 1.44 V. The APU could run at 4.2 GHz on all cores too, but our test system crashed shortly after starting Cinebench R15. Hence, we kept the clock speed at 4.1 GHz and reran Cinebench R15, in which it scored an impressive 5,079 points. The higher score represents around a 15% performance uplift, although the Threadripper 2970WX scored lower in the single-core benchmark because of its 100 MHz lower maximum clock speed.

However, the overclock caused power consumption to rise to an average of 699 W during a Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark, which is 321 W higher than what our test system achieved at stock settings. Moreover, the eye-wateringly high power consumption corresponded with a spike in temperatures. Core temperatures reached a maximum of 85.9 °C during a Prime95 stress test with the APU running at 4.1 GHz on all cores, while the VRMs heated up to approximately 121 °C after just 15 minutes stress-testing. The latter is too high for continuous use, so we stopped the stress test shortly after noticing the VRMs’ extremely high temperatures. The excess heat also caused the APU to throttle to 500 MHz to cool itself, which somewhat negates the improved performance that overclocking the APU brought.

Overall, we overclocked the APU to see its maximum potential, but we would not recommend overclocking the Threadripper 2970WX based on our tests. The cons definitively outweigh the pros of doing so.

Stress test at stock settings
Stress test at stock settings
Stress test with the APU running at 4.1 GHz on all cores
Stress test with the APU running at 4.1 GHz on all cores
Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark results with the APU running at 4.1 GHz on all cores
Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark results with the APU running at 4.1 GHz on all cores
Power consumption during a Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark loop at 4.1 GHz
Power consumption during a Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark loop at 4.1 GHz

Verdict

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX desktop CPU review. Test device courtesy of AMD.
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX desktop CPU review. Test device courtesy of AMD.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX is undoubtedly a powerful APU. It is currently the second-fastest processor in AMD’s portfolio behind the Threadripper 2990WX. Moreover, the Threadripper 2970WX makes all but the 2990WX look outdated when applications can take advantage of its 24 cores and 48 threads. Excellent multi-core performance comes at the cost of heightened power consumption, which prevents the Threadripper 2970WX from being used in a power-efficient system.

A big advantage of the Threadripper range is its backwards compatibility. So far, all X399 motherboards support the new Threadripper APUs courtesy of a BIOS update. However, we would recommend investigating whether your motherboard manufacturer sells retrofittable VRM heatsinks, as the Threadripper 2970WX and 2990WX carry a 250 W TDP, which will cause VRMs to heat up considerably more than they would when paired with a 180 W TDP APU.

The 2nd-generation Threadripper APUs are the first processors to bring up to 32 cores and 64 threads to home users. The Threadripper 2970WX is a workstation APU that would make a great purchase for someone who frequently uses multi-core optimised applications. However, we would suggest looking elsewhere if you are looking for mainly a gaming processor, as its single-core performance does not justify its almost US$1,300 price tag.

The purpose of the Threadripper 2970WX is primarily as a workstation APU. Benchmark results reflect this use case, with the APU coming into its own in multi-core benchmarks. Almost US$1,300 for comparatively poor single-core performance may seem steep to some people, but the Threadripper 2970WX is considerably cheaper than its Intel counterparts and offers strikingly better multi-core performance. In short, the hefty price tag is worth it in our opinion.

Video or photo-editors will appreciate the power of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX. Similarly, the APU could comfortably run multiple virtual machines at once, which makes the Threadripper 2970WX a great candidate as a server processor. Overall, the APU is a multi-core beast, but its lacklustre single-core performance and high launch price prevent it from being an all-rounder; it is best used as a workstation or server processor where it can make use of its high core and thread count.

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