AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X And 1920X Review: Unleashing The Multi-Threaded Beast

AMD ThreadRipper Cinebench, POV-Ray, Fluid Dynamics Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 is a combination CPU and OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and can utilize any number of threads, which make is an excellent gauge of computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders and animates 3D scenes and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

3D Rendering Benchmark


Threadripper dominates in a multi-threaded benchmark like Cinebench. The Threadripper 1950X takes the top spot and the 1920X finishes just behind it. Both processors easily surpass the 10-core Core i9-7900X in the multi-threaded test. The single-threaded test, however, clearly illustrates Intel's advantage when only a single core is utilized.

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing Benchmark

POV-Ray , or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit images. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.


POV-Ray tells a similar story. The 16-core Threadripper 1950X takes the top spot in the multi-threaded test once again, but this time around the Core i9-7900X is able to pull ahead of the Threadripper 1920X. The high-end Intel parts' strong single-thread performance is also on display here.

STARS Euler3d
Computational Fluid Dynamics

STARS Euler3d is a computational fluid dynamics benchmark which uses a CFD grid that contains 1.23 million tetrahedral elements and 223 thousand nodes. The benchmark executable advances a mach 0.50 Advisory Group for Aerospace Research, or AGARD, flow solution for an aeroelastic test wing. The benchmark score is reported as a CFD cycle frequency in Hertz.

This benchmark is multi-threaded, but is also dependent on platform bandwidth, so the final results are not determined by compute performance alone. Cache and memory bandwidth and latency affect the score as well...

Threadripper's massive amount of memory bandwidth propel it near the top of the charts here, but they can't quite catch either of the 10-core Intel processors. The Core i9-7900X in particular, thanks to its memory bandwidth and frequency advantages over the 6950X, puts up a very strong number here.

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