AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, A Good Budget 12 Core CPU in 2019?


The Threadripper 1920x was the top of the line for professional gamers and enthusiasts when it launched on August 10, 2017. It was touted as the best processor for a multi-tasker gamer, where you can have a game instance running on one screen while streaming your gameplay on another one.

The Threadripper 1920X Was AMD's First High-End Desktop CPU To Offer 12 Cores & 24 Threads

This processor is based in the HEDT market and is more focused on streamers because it is a powerful enough computer to run both the game and either OBS or the streamer's specific game recorder. The Threadripper 1920x CPU is a 12 core / 24 thread, a TDP of 180W and a total cache of 38MB. This CPU base clock is 3.5Ghz and a boost clock is 4.0Ghz, while not the fastest processor (the I9-9900k has a much faster single-core clock of 5.0Ghz and the I9-9900KS has the 5.0Ghz on all cores) it is still an amazing CPU that really just runs games and many programs at the same time without an issue.

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The Ryzen Threadripper 1920X is more focused on Game Streaming and Black chain processing, Blockchain processing is bitcoin mining, so if you were looking for a cheaper bitcoin mining rig in 2019, this processor is most definitely a good processor.

The overclocking possibilities of this CPU are great too, as of now, my 1920X is currently cooled by Noctua NH-U9. With that cooler, the overclocking potential is lower than if I were to get an AIO cooler, which would make the overclocking potential increase exponentially, as most Threadripper CPUs are designed to work with liquid cooling.

Compared to the Ryzen 9 3900X, the other AMD 12 core/ 24thread CPU, there are many major differences like the base clock speed, the cache size for the CPU and the socket are some of the major differences. The first generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs were based on the 14nm FinFET process based on Zen 1 core architecture while Ryzen 3000 series is based on the 7nm process and Zen 2 core architecture.

The Ryzen 9 3900X base clock speed is 3.8Ghz that is already a 300 MHz increase over the 1920X but where the 3900X really outshines the 1920x is the boost clock. The boost clock for the 3900X is a staggering 4.6Ghz a full 0.6Ghz faster than the 1920x. The increased clock speeds along with the higher cache amount, the Ryzen 3900X has 64MB of total cache size, which dwarfs the 38MB cache that the 1920x.

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Between the Ryzen 9 3900X and the Threadripper 1920x, the most important difference is the socket. The 3900X uses a common AM4 motherboard socket, while the 1920x uses a the HEDT TR4 socket. The difference in these motherboards comes to price the AM4 you could get as cheap as $100 and below, while an X399 (the TR4 motherboard) is more expensive being $299.99 at the cheapest on Newegg (and that's on sale, check out our review of it here). Another difference between the 3900X and the 1920x is the motherboard size compatibility, AM4 motherboards come in Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX, EATX, while the 1920x only comes in mATX, ATX and EATX sizes. This means that if you are looking to build a small form factor PC, AM4 is the only true way to go.

Conclusion - The Ryzen Threadripper 1920X Was Great But The Ryzen 9 3900X Is Even Better!

So I would suggest going with the Ryzen 9 3900X, this is because while it has fewer PCIe lanes and isn't the fancy HEDT processor that some people want. It's functional, runs great (with a couple of BIOS updates to help) and is worth the price, which is a staggering $499.99. The Threadripper 1920x is an older processor that got dwarfed by it's newer and fancier counterpart and has made its way down to the low price of under $300 on Amazon (via 3rd party sellers) and is suspected to possibly drop more once Threadripper gen 3 arrives sometime in November.