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Our testing methods
As always, we did our best to deliver clean benchmarking numbers. We ran each benchmark at least three times and took the median of those results. Our test systems were configured as follows:

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X
Motherboard Gigabyte X399 Aorus Gaming 7
Chipset AMD X399
Memory size 32GB
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3600 (rated) SDRAM
Memory speed 3200 MT/s (actual)
Memory timings 15-15-15-35 1T
System drive Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe SSD


Intel Core i9-7900X Intel Core i7-7820X
Motherboard Asus Prime X299-Deluxe
Chipset Intel X299
Memory size 32GB
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3600 (rated) SDRAM
Memory speed 3200 MT/s (actual), 3600 MT/s (actual)
Memory timings 15-15-15-35 2T (DDR4-3200), 16-16-16-36 2T (DDR4-3600)
System drive Samsung 850 Pro 512GB


Intel Core i7-6950X Intel Core i7-7740X
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 3
Chipset Intel X99 Intel X299
Memory size 64GB 16GB
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200 (rated) SDRAM G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3866 (rated) SDRAM
Memory speed 3200 MT/s (actual) 3200 MT/s (actual)
Memory timings 16-18-18-38 2T 15-15-15-35 2T
System drive Samsung 960 EVO 500GB

They all shared the following common elements:

Storage 2x Corsair Neutron XT 480GB SSD
1x HyperX 480GB SSD
Discrete graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
Graphics driver version GeForce 384.94
OS Windows 10 Pro with Creators Update
Power supply Seasonic Prime Platinum 1000W

Our thanks to AMD, Intel, Gigabyte, Corsair, and G.Skill for helping us to outfit our test rigs with some of the finest hardware available. Some additional notes on our testing methods:

  • Unless otherwise noted, we ran our gaming tests at 2560x1440 at a refresh rate of 144 Hz. V-sync was disabled in the driver control panel.
  • For our Intel test system, we used the Balanced power plan, as we have for many years. Our AMD test bed was configured to use the Ryzen Balanced power plan that ships with AMD's chipset drivers.

Our testing methods are generally publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions, feel free to post a comment on this article or join us in the forums.