AMD Threadripper 2920X
Maximum PC|January 2019
AMD Threadripper 2920X

Twelve cores of pure unadulterated joy

Zak Storey

WHEN THE FIRST SAMPLES of the early Threadripper processors ventured out into the wilds of the technology journo landscape, we were blown away. The high-end desktop processors were unlike anything we’d ever seen. They were incredible, with 16 cores and 32 threads, all for a little under a grand. AMD had slapped Intel’s high-end CPUs in the face, and made them take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror. We’d expected as much. The Infinity Fabric design, the modular core complexes, the EPYC server arsenal—it was all lining up to create a perfect storm in which these high-end consumer parts could make some serious headway into the market.

The thing is, they weren’t perfect. They had their niggles. Memory compatibility, latency issues, slow single-core clock speeds—the Threadripper lineup was hardly bereft of problems. If plug-and-play was the name of the game, Intel was still king, and the Core i97900X—although 12 threads down in comparison—still provided the best option for the high-end, power-hungry, plug-and-play enthusiast.

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January 2019