AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16c 32t Processor Review
Peter Donnell / 8 months ago
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
The time has finally come, where we get to fire up the new flagship AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor on our test bench. Equipped with an incredible 16-core and 32-thread design, this CPU promises to deliver extreme performance to the masses. Of course, this processor is much bigger than its consumer-friendly Ryzen brothers and uses the new TR4 socket and X399 chipset. With that in mind, you’ll need a new TR4 motherboard too, and with all the major brands having boards at launch, there’s already a good few to pick from.
What is X399?
The new X399 chipset is the extreme end of the Ryzen spectrum, set to compete with the HEDT solutions from Intel such as their X99 and X299 motherboards. It’ll support quad-channel memory with up to 8 x DDR4 DIMMS, a first for Ryzen chips. However, the big star of the show is a staggering 64 PCIe lanes, allowing for extreme bandwidth for multi-GPU and PCIe attached storage devices.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Specs
- CPU Type: AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper
- CPU Model: 1950X
- Socket: TR4
- Architecture: Zen
- Manufacturing Process: 14nm
- No. of Cores: 16 Core
- No. of Threads: 32 Threads
- Clock Speed: 3.4GHz
- Turbo Speed: 4.0GHz
- Unlocked CPU: Yes
- Max. Memory Speed: DDR4-2666
- Max. Memory Channels: Quad (4)
- ECC Memory Support: No
- PCIe Lanes Supported: 64
- L1 Cache: 1.125MB
- L2 Cache: 8MB
- L3 Cache: 40MB
- Max. TDP: 180W
Check out the official AMD product page here.
As with all the mainstream Ryzen chips, the new 1950x also features SenseMI, an unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking, and more. You can tweak away in the BIOS, or use AMD’s Ryzen Master Utility to squeeze extra performance when you need it.
Monster Sized Chip!
The first thing you’ll notice about this CPU is that it’s easily the biggest chip you can buy as a consumer. Interestingly, it comes mounted in a caddy that allows you to slide it down into the socket. It’s a unique install procedure and requires special tools. Of course, those tools are included with your purchase, so don’t worry about that.
In the box, you’ll find the chip, a cooling bracket, torque screw driver, and the usual documentation. But enough of the box, let’s fire up this beast on our test bench!