AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 2950X hits store shelves

AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 2950X earned a TR Editor's Choice award from yours truly when we reviewed it, and that CPU is now available to those planning new high-end system builds. Newegg now has the Threadripper 2950X in stock, and the chip is also available at Amazon.

While the Threadripper 2950X is still an impressive performer, it's worth noting that the newer chip doesn't outpace its predecessor, the Threadripper 1950X, by all that much in our benchmarks. As a product riding off into the sunset, the 1950X is available for just $714 on Amazon, and it could be a real deal for folks who want to build a high-end desktop system for less. You can't lose either way.

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    • Disinclined
    • 1 year ago

    Patiently waiting for obs/game streaming benchmarking on this thing. Was originally just going build an 8700k rig, and call it a day, but saw a 2700x streaming bench that put that on full stop. Yes I know a 2950x is more appropriately suited going up against a 7900x, but I’m curious nonetheless.

    • Goty
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]While the Threadripper 2950X is still an impressive performer, it's worth noting that the newer chip doesn't outpace its predecessor, the Threadripper 1950X, by all that much in our benchmarks.[/quote<] HardOCP posted an article today that shows the boost the 2950X can receive from enabling Precision Boost Overdrive (note: not just Precision Boost 2) even on good air cooling, so that's at least one thing the 2950X has going for it over the 1950X.

      • blastdoor
      • 1 year ago

      1950X or 2950X, that is the question….

      It sounds like PBO voids the warranty, though, which is a bit more aggressive than what I’m looking to be.

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    Nah I’ll settle for a 2700X. At $340 it’s amazing.

      • dragontamer5788
      • 1 year ago

      The main downside to Threadripper is the $300+ motherboards.

        • Disinclined
        • 1 year ago

        That, and form factor. Basically 12 boards with ATX, and eATX just about split down the middle, and a single sexy mATX Taichi on the side which I believe is the cheapest of the bunch, and has some of the best VRM’s, and passive cooling out of them all.

          • Krogoth
          • 1 year ago

          It is because the CPU packaging so bloody large. It is tricky to engineer an ATX board with Socket Socket TR4 (Larger than Socket 2011/2066 and about the same size as Socket 3647).

          • jihadjoe
          • 1 year ago

          I dunno, I feel like ATX/eATX is just right for TR. Not even mentioning the size of the socket, there’s no way to use 60 PCIe lanes without going whole hog on the motherboard.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 1 year ago

    I like the 2950x for the higher single core speed versus the 1950x.

    From the short bread, there was a link showing the 1920x is a great buy at around $400.

      • Amiga500+
      • 1 year ago

      I was actually thinking more the clock speed for lightly threaded operations.

      [In most workloads, there will be sections that don’t scale to all 16 cores – and in that, I’d expect the refined boost algorithms to shine.]

    • Waco
    • 1 year ago

    Our 1950X from the 8086k contest arrives today! Can’t wait!

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      Do the free-free upgrade to the 2990WX, then convince Intel to do the free-free-free upgrade to a 28 core Sklyake X, the convince Nvidia that you need a free Turing because reasons!

        • Waco
        • 1 year ago

        I’d rather have that 2990WX than a Skylake X or Turing!

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 1 year ago

          The 2990wx is great in specific work loads. I’d rather have an upcoming 22 core skl x gen 2 on 14nm+++ for an all around performer. That’s great the 32 core meets your needs more closely.

            • Waco
            • 1 year ago

            It’s great for a lot of things as long as they aren’t heavily reliant on memory bandwidth or latency.

            • Usacomp2k3
            • 1 year ago

            or Money.

            • Waco
            • 1 year ago

            TR is much cheaper in general than comparable Intel chips…

            • Usacomp2k3
            • 1 year ago

            I was intending that to imply that the Intel solution was more expensive. I think my implication was targeted opposite though.

    • Krogoth
    • 1 year ago

    SUNDAY SUPER RIPPING SALE!

    GET IT NOW!

    IT’LL RIP YOUR BUDGET APART!

    #PoorCannonLake

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      And

      #PoorCascadeLake
      #Poor10nm

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      #PoorVoltaBecauseWhyNot

      • ronch
      • 1 year ago

      AMD will rip your wallet. Intel will rip you off.

      Choose your destiny.

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