As long as they can jam more power into a PC, we’ll keep opening the checkbooks for something faster, better, MORE POWERFUL. Faster rendering speeds, better processing power – all of these factors help productivity for us who crank the CAD all day. Whether you’re multi-tasking whilst building a massive assembly or want to max the core count for simulation and rendering, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is showing more evidence that it’s the 3D CAD Pro’s dream CPU.

The 1950X processor packs 16 cores/32 thread with a max turbo core speed of 4GHz/3.4GHz base clock speed. It uses 2667MHz quad channel DDR4 memory with ECC support and has 40MB of combined cache to access the computer’s large data stores. 64 PCIe Gen 3 lanes also feed the system and cover large GPU and NVMe requirements. This makes it ideal for those who want to run a number of taxing applications at the same time.

A recent study done by compares the Threadripper 1950X as is and when overlocked at 4.0 GHz to its competition. Below is a series of graphs comparing the Threadripper 1950Xs using Cinebench R15 (their figures are marked in dark grey and light blue, respectively). The first graph shows its normal performance on a single thread, while the second shows the results of locking all the processors at 3500 MHz.

As you can see, AMD’s processor stands up to some of Intel’s Core i5, i7, and even the upcoming (much pricier) i9 processors when put through a single thread performance. But where the Threadripper 1950X really shines is in its multi-threaded performance:

It throws the rest of the processors in sack and kicks them to the curb. Even when compared to the lesser Threadripper 1920X, the Threadripper 1950X overtakes it by 541 CB marks. There are other programs (such as Sony Vegas Pro and Ghost Recon:Wildlands) the website puts the processor through to test its performance, but for the most part they all result in the AMD Threadripper 1950x either beating out or standing with its rivals.

Compared to other products with the same specs, this one is a tad more forgiving on the wallet. The Threadripper 1950X costs about $999, making it $700 cheaper than Intel’s i9-7960X (which also has 16 cores and 32 threads). To see an in-depth primer on its specifications, you can check out the Threadripper 1950X on AMD’s webpage.

We’re looking forward to giving this a go ourselves. Have a Threadripper system already? Let us know about it in the comments!


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