Test Setup

For this review, I had access to the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX flagship processor. AMD did not provide us with any equipment or processors for this review. The motherboards were sent by ASRock and we will be using their lineup until we get access to an X399 refresh sample in the future. My review is entirely based purely on facts and precision.

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The full test setup configuration can be seen in the provided list below:

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX Test Bench:

ProcessorsAMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X
Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7920X
Intel Core i9-7900X
Intel Core i7-7820X
Intel Core i7-8700K
AMD Ryzen 2700
MotherboardsASRock X399 Professional Gaming
ASRock X399 Taichi
ASUS PRIME X299 Deluxe
AORUS Z370 Gaming 7
MemoryTeamgroup Xcalibur RGB Series 32 GB (4 x 8GB) CL16 3200 MHz
Video CardsASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti STRIX OC
Power SupplyCorsair AX1200i PSU
Cooling SolutionsCorsair H115i Pro AIO Liquid
DeepCool Castle 280 RGB AIO Liquid
DeepCool Fryzen Threadripper Air
Solid State DriveSamsung SSD 960 EVO M.2 (512 GB)
BIOS UsedASRock X399 Professional Gaming v3.20
ASRock X399 Taichi v3.20
OSWindows 10 64-bit

I would like to thank Teamgroup for providing me their latest Xcalibur RGB DDR4 memory kits, ASUS for providing the GTX 1080 TI STRIX OC and Deepcool for providing their latest Castle 280 RGB AIO liquid and Fryzen air coolers for this test.

For overclocking, the maximum clock speeds I was able to achieve on the ASRock FATAL1TY X399 Professional Gaming was 4.1 GHz across all cores with a voltage supply of 1.345V. The X399 Taichi managed 4.0 GHz across all cores with a supply of 1.32V. Anything above that is way too stressful for the VRMs but even having 4.0 GHz across all 32 cores is a feat in itself.

Wccftech Rating

The core revolution is here and AMD is leading the charge with their monstrous 32 core and 64 thread behemoth, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. Simply put, it crushes and rips through the entire Core-X lineup with a disruptive price tag and performance further refined with 12nm Zen+ cores. This is a premium enthusiast grade and work station ready chip for the performance hungry masses.

  • First 32 core and 64 thread high-end desktop processor
  • Destroys the competition with an absolutely stellar price per core, price per thread and price to performance value
  • Single-Thread performance enhanced with Zen+ Cores
  • Incredible Multi-threading performance
  • Highly efficient 12nm Design
  • Up To 80 MB of Cache on the chip
  • Up To 64 PCIe lanes on the chip
  • Compatible with all existing X399 motherboards
  • Compatible with the faster Spec'd DDR4 memory
  • Overclock up to 4-4.2 GHz possible across all 32 cores
  • Dedicated Gamer mode and Compute mode for optimized performance
  • Highly competitive but very high-price ($1799 US)
  • Not all X399 motherboards may allow good OC
  • Very High TDP (250W), Requires good cooling solutions
  • Very High Power Consumption when overclocked

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