Test Bed and Setup

As per our processor testing policy, we take a premium category motherboard suitable for the socket, and equip the system with a suitable amount of memory running at the manufacturer's maximum supported frequency. This is also typically run at JEDEC subtimings where possible. It is noted that some users are not keen on this policy, stating that sometimes the maximum supported frequency is quite low, or faster memory is available at a similar price, or that the JEDEC speeds can be prohibitive for performance. While these comments make sense, ultimately very few users apply memory profiles (either XMP or other) as they require interaction with the BIOS, and most users will fall back on JEDEC supported speeds - this includes home users as well as industry who might want to shave off a cent or two from the cost or stay within the margins set by the manufacturer. Where possible, we will extend out testing to include faster memory modules either at the same time as the review or a later date.

Test Setup
AMD TR3 Threadripper 3970X
Threadripper 3960X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme (BIOS 0601)
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Riing 360 CLC
DRAM Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 8x8 GB DDR4-3200
GPU MSI GTX 1080 Gaming 8G
PSU Corsair AX860i
SSD Crucial MX500 2TB
OS Windows 10 1909

For our motherboards, we are using the latest firmware. It should be noted that our Intel tests do not have the latest Intel security updates for JCC and others, as the motherboard vendors for the models we used have not implemented them yet.

The latest AMD TR3 benchmarks were run by Gavin Bonshor, while I attended Supercomputing in Denver last week. Unfortunately both Intel and AMD decided to sample processors before the annual trade show conference, with launches only a couple of days after the show finished. As a result, our testing has been split between Gavin and myself, and we have endeavored to ensure parity through my automated testing suite.

Also, our compile test seems to have broken itself when we used Windows 10 1909, and due to travel we have not had time to debug why it is no longer working. We hope to get this test up and running in the new year, along with an updated test suite.

We must thank the following companies for kindly providing hardware for our multiple test beds. Some of this hardware is not in this test bed specifically, but is used in other testing.

Hardware Providers
Sapphire RX 460 Nitro MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X OC Crucial MX200 +
MX500 SSDs
Corsair AX860i +
AX1200i PSUs
G.Skill RipjawsV,
SniperX, FlareX
Crucial Ballistix
Zen2 Platform for HEDT - Improvements over Last-Gen CPU Performance: Rendering Tests
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  • niva - Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - link

    If that's how you feel just go to another website, why even bother posting here?
  • stux - Monday, November 25, 2019 - link

    I must admit I’m saddened by the lack of compiler benchmarks. Who cares about gaming benchmarks on a workstation processor.

    Meanwhile actually benchmarks which may affect serious purchasers are missing
  • ABR - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    Another vote for compilation. Ability to take advantage of more cores is a complex equation depending on caching, i/o, and memory access, so it would be informative to see some comparisons done.
  • Lux88 - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    Another vote for compilation. Should be relatively easily scriptlable too. Linux kernel compiles under half a minute, but Chromium or Firefox should still be big enough. Additionally there's .NET, could be an interesting data point.
  • GreenReaper - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    PostgreSQL database work? It can parallelize quite nicely now, especially with PG12.
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    Yup, one more +1 for compiler benchmarks and for the lack of relevance of gaming benchmarks.
  • peevee - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    Agree. Compiler, CADs etc must be here, games and self-made tests and useless PI calculators should not.
  • Supercell99 - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    Would like to see how it runs some VMware ESXi loads as well.
  • cosecant - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    Another vote for compilation, go or c++, as well as database tests, CAD of some kind, and virtualization (bonus points for docker or Kubernetes as well)... however... please don’t remove all the gaming benchmarks... I might be in the minority, but I like to be able to game or work on the same machine...
  • Supercell99 - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    Yea more HEDT testing applicable. Gaming on this chip is not the intent.

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