AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Review 64 Cores for a Workstation

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X AIDA64 CPU Benchmarks

Benchmark pages of AIDA64 Extreme provide several methods to measure system performance. These benchmarks are synthetic, so their results show only the theoretical (maximum) performance of the system.

CPU and FPU benchmarks of AIDA64 Extreme are built on the multi-threaded AIDA64 Benchmark Engine that supports up to 1280 simultaneous processing threads. It also supports multi-processor, multi-core and SMT (Hyper-Threading) enabled systems. More information about these benchmarks can be found here.

AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 CPU Queen
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 CPU Queen
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 CPU PhotoWorxx
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 CPU PhotoWorxx
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 CPU ZLib
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 CPU ZLib
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 CPU AES
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 CPU AES
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 CPU SHA3
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 CPU SHA3
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 FPU Julia
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 FPU Julia
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 FPU Mandel
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 FPU Mandel
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 FPU SinJulia
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 FPU SinJulia
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 FP32 Ray Trace
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 FP32 Ray Trace
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 FP64 Ray Trace
AMD Threadripper 3990x AIDA64 FP64 Ray Trace

Here we see most tests with a clear 50%-90% lead with the 3990X versus the 3970X. That is overall a great result. The CPU PhotoWorxx test shows a case, again, where the Threadripper 3990X is more in-line with other 28-32 core offerings. This pattern of having great results in some areas and acceptable results in others is one that we see repeating. If you remember our monster truck example from the introduction, this is good at crushing cars and jumping dirt ramps, but merely OK on grocery runs.

Next, we are going to look at our Linux benchmark results.

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  1. I know it’s an ad, but the point made in the “Red Digital Cinema gets 64-Core Performance” video is what makes these CPUs so important:

    Jarred Land: When I see this, how fast it is, it lets me get a liiiiiittle bit more aggressive with what we’re going to do next. With what we have on our roadmap, please, keep going, keep going, because we’re gonna need it.

    Everything is connected. You can’t push the boundaries in one field if the technology in another is lacking.

  2. Great review, John.

    Just a thought/suggestion for a future article: It’d be great to see a round up of these workstation CPUs benchmarked with 16, 32, and 64 threads loaded. Particularly given how the higher end models can be quite a lot better binned silicon and how the CPU boosting technologies are implemented. It’d be really interesting to see the power draw and performance to see if the higher end models perform similarly at less power at moderate loads. I know previously it’s sometimes been better and cheaper, TCO wise, to buy the more expensive models for finish quicker then sleep efficiency advantages and also the better silicon – am curious if this might be the case for the 3990X.

  3. According to Anandtech, you need Windows for Workstations to be able to use more than 64 threads effectively. I don’t see this being commented on in this article. Has that Windows version been used for the testing?

  4. @Nikolay
    you can use more than 64t but consumer versions partition it into processor groups thinking they are on separate sockets. However someone had mentioned that his Windows Pro machine only sees one socket in the task manager so I don’t know. Maybe it’s due to firmware or uefi settings? Or a much more recent update/patch or chipset driver package from AMD?

  5. Imagine what it will be like in 3-5 years after Intel and AMD go a few more rounds. Looking forward to purchasing a 256 core 512 threads . Maybe then I can install Oracle Fusion Applications in my home lab.

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