AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X Windows Performance
First, we are going to move through our Windows suite before we proceed to our Linux testing. Instead of focusing on lower-end mainstream products, we are going to focus on higher-end parts.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X AIDA64 Memory Test
AIDA64 memory bandwidth benchmarks (Memory Read, Memory Write, and Memory Copy) measure the maximum achievable memory data transfer bandwidth.
The higher frequency helps here, but the Intel Xeon W-3275 performs well with its 6 channel memory.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X Cinebench R15
Here are our Cinebench R15 results:
Generally, AMD performs very well here due to microarchitectural reasons. We are going to discuss Cinebench after showing off the newer R20 results.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X Cinebench R20
We have not run Cinebench R20 in our reviews but will start doing so in future reviews.
We got about 47% higher performance with the Threadripper 3970X over the 2990WX. That is ultra-impressive as an AMD on AMD generational 32 core improvement.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X Geekbench 4
Geekbench is a popular Windows benchmark.
Geekbench tends to struggle with higher core counts, and especially additional NUMA nodes. Here we see what is essentially a 2x improvement over the previous generation Threadripper.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 3DMark PCI Express Bandwidth
3DMark feature tests are special tests designed to highlight specific techniques, functions or capabilities. The 3DMark PCI Express feature test is designed to measure the bandwidth available to your GPU over your computer’s PCI Express interface.
The test aims to make bandwidth the limiting factor for performance. It does this by uploading a large amount of vertex and texture data to the GPU for each frame. The result of the test is the average bandwidth achieved during the test.
Here we are using PCIe Gen3 for the GPU bandwidth tests since it is a NVIDIA GPU. Still, results are solid versus Intel.
PCIe Gen4 Networking
PCIe Gen4 matters more than just for GPUs. A great example is what we saw with a Mellanox ConnectX5 100GbE PCIe Gen4 adapter when we installed it in Gen3 and Gen4 capable systems.
We did not get to test the NIC in our normal switched architecture in the main data center lab, so this is from our EPYC 7002 runs. Still, we had the opportunity to do a quick test using direct attach to the workstation and saw +/- 5% of these results on the early runs we did. It was enough to suggest we are seeing similar numbers on the 3rd generation AMD Threadripper parts, but we did not use our full normal test methodology.
In a workstation, this matters a bit less. One is unlikely, at the time of this publication, to have dual 100GbE demands to workstations. Still, it is a good proof point to show why it is impactful as GPUs, networking, and storage can all benefit from the faster interface.
Next, we are going to look at Windows system performance benchmarks.