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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
CPU cooler= Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360-mm liquid cooler
Motherboard Gigabyte X399 Aorus Gaming 7
Chipset AMD X399
Memory size 32GB
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3600 (rated) SDRAM
Memory speed 3600 MT/s (actual)
Memory timings 16-16-16-36 2T
System drive Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe SSD


Intel Core i9-7980XE Intel Core i9-7960X Intel Core i9-7900X Intel Core i7-7820X
CPU cooler Corsair H115i 280-mm liquid cooler
Motherboard Asus Prime X299-Deluxe
Chipset Intel X299
Memory size 32GB
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3600 (rated) SDRAM
Memory speed 3600 MT/s (actual)
Memory timings 16-16-16-36 2T (DDR4-3600)
System drive Samsung 850 Pro 512GB


Intel Core i7-6950X
CPU cooler Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 280-mm liquid cooler
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX
Chipset Intel X99
Memory size 64GB
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200 (rated) SDRAM
Memory speed 3200 MT/s (actual)
Memory timings 16-18-18-38 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 385.69
OS Windows 10 Pro with Creators Update
Power supply Seasonic Prime Platinum 1000W

Our thanks to Intel and AMD for all of the CPUs we used in our testing. Our thanks to AMD, Intel, Gigabyte, Corsair, Cooler Master, and G.Skill for helping us to outfit our test rigs with some of the finest hardware available, as well.

Our X299 test rig

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.
  • All motherboards were tested using the most recent firmware available from the board vendor, including pre-release versions provided exclusively to the press where necessary.
  • All available Windows updates were installed on each test system before testing commenced. The most recent version of each software application available from each vendor was used in our testing, as well.

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.