AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X: specs and benchmarks

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

Summary

AMD started AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X sales 13 August 2018 at a recommended price of $899. This is ZEN+ architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at home systems. It has 16 cores and 32 threads, and is based on 12 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 4400 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is Socket TR4 processor with a TDP of 180 Watt. It supports DDR4 Quad-channel memory.

It provides good benchmark performance at 35.26 percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

Of Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

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Value for money (0-100)
4.49
 
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Series
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
 
Architecture codename
ZEN+
 
Launch date
13 August 2018 (2 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$899
 
Price now
$800 (0.9x MSRP)
 

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores
16 (Hexadeca-Core)
 
Threads
32
 
Base clock speed
3.5 GHz
 
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed
4.4 GHz
 
L1 cache
96K (per core)
 
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
512K (per core)
 
L3 cache
32 MB
 
Chip lithography
12 nm
 
of 5 (Apple M1)
Die size
213 mm2
 
Number of transistors
19,200 million
 
of 16000 (Apple M1)
64 bit support
+
 
Unlocked multiplier
+
 

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen Threadripper 2950X compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1 (Uniprocessor)
 
Socket
Socket TR4
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
180 Watt
 

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Ryzen Threadripper 2950X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

AES-NI
+
 
AVX
+
 

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

AMD-V
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Ryzen Threadripper 2950X's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4 Quad-channel
 
of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size
2 TiB
 
Max memory channels
4
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
93.867 GB/s
 
ECC memory support
+
 

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Ryzen Threadripper 2950X.

Integrated graphics card
-
 

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Ryzen Threadripper 2950X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

35.26

TrueCrypt AES

TrueCrypt is a discontinued piece of software that was widely used for on-the-fly-encryption of disk partitions, now superseded by VeraCrypt. It contains several embedded performance tests, one of them being TrueCrypt AES, which measures data encryption speed using AES algorithm. Result is encryption speed in gigabytes per second.

19.5

x264 encoding pass 2

x264 Pass 2 is a slower variant of x264 video compression that produces a variable bit rate output file, which results in better quality since the higher bit rate is used when it is needed more. Benchmark result is still measured in frames per second.  

145

x264 encoding pass 1

x264 version 4.0 is a video encoding benchmark uses MPEG 4 x264 compression method to compress a sample HD (720p) video. Pass 1 is a faster variant that produces a constant bit rate output file. Its result is measured in frames per second, which means how many frames of the source video file were encoded per second.  

202

WinRAR 4.0

WinRAR 4.0 is an outdated version of a popular file archiver. It contains an internal speed test, using 'Best' setting of RAR compression on large chunks of randomly generated data. Its results are measured in kilobytes per second.

4548

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core (sometimes called Multi-Thread) is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

3110

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.

176

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

27.1

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

1.9

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

30948

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

This processor matches 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Intel equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen Threadripper 2950X from Intel is Core i9-9960X, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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