AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
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Year of release 2018
Performance 29.40

Summary

AMD started AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX sales 2 October 2018 at a recommended price of $1,299. Based on Zen architecture, this desktop processor is primarily aimed at home systems. It has 24 cores and 48 threads, and is based on 12 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 4200 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is Socket TR4 processor with a TDP of 250 Watt. It supports DDR4 Quad-channel memory.

It provides good benchmark performance at

29.40%

of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX.

General info

Of Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating130
Value for money11.14
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesAMD Ryzen Threadripper
Architecture codenameZen (2017−2020)
Release date2 October 2018 (3 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$1,299of 305 (Core i7-870)
Price now$2065 (1.6x MSRP)of 14999 (Xeon Platinum 9282)
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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 cores24 (Tetracosa-Core)
Threads48
Base clock speed3 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed4.2 GHzof 5.5 (Core i9-12900KS)
L1 cache96K (per core)of 1536 (EPYC Embedded 3401)
L2 cache512K (per core)of 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache64 MBof 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography12 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
Die size213 mm2
Number of transistors19,200 millionof 57000 (Apple M1 Max)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility+
Unlocked multiplier+

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 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 configuration1 (Uniprocessor)of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketSocket TR4
Thermal design power (TDP)250 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX. 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 2970WX's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4 Quad-channelof 4800 (Ryzen 9 6980HX)
Maximum memory size2 TiBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels4of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth93.867 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support+

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX.

Integrated graphics card-

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX. 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.

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 29.40
  • Passmark
  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
  • GeekBench 5 Multi-Core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core
  • 3DMark06 CPU
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core
  • TrueCrypt AES
  • WinRAR 4.0
  • x264 encoding pass 2
  • x264 encoding pass 1

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.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 30470

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

Benchmark coverage: 37%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 994

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

Benchmark coverage: 37%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 10555

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Benchmark coverage: 20%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 5241

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 37522

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 11073

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 22

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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 4376

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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 1.9

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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 173

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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 12.2

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.

Benchmark coverage: 12%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 4261

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.  

Benchmark coverage: 12%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 117

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.  

Benchmark coverage: 12%

Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 202

Game benchmarks

Relative perfomance

Overall Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.


Intel equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX from Intel is Core i9-9960X, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

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