With AMD's second-generation thread ripper in the wild, the company has decided to cut prices for parts of the first generation. So far, only the 32-core 2990WX and 16-core 2950X have been released, while the 12- and 24-core versions will arrive in about two more months.
In the meantime, AMD quietly reduced the Threadripper 1920X SEP, short for "Suggested E-Tailer Price", from its starting price of $ 800 to just $ 400. On paper, a high-end desktop processor with 12 cores and 24 threads for $ 400 is an incredible purchase. To put this in perspective, you can expect to pay roughly the same amount for the Intel Core i7-7800X with half as many cores. Intel's 10-core 7900X still costs $ 1,000. At least compared to the high-end desktop offerings from Intel, the 1920X is a crazy bargain.
Note that it is not yet clear whether this sale will continue while stocks last, or whether AMD will reset prices. The information we currently have suggests that the sale will continue until the end of August, although AMD retailers may continue to offer discounts so they can maintain the sale price until inventory runs out.
Still, with the new low price, you pay a decent premium over more mainstream parts like the 2700X. Granted, the 1920X costs just 20% more at the new price and packs 50% more cores, but the motherboard prices increase the platform costs considerably.
For example, the 2700X with a high-quality B450 motherboard like the MSI Tomahawk version costs $ 430, while the 1920X with the cheapest X399 board costs $ 700 and is a little over 60% more expensive. Including the memory doesn't help much as you need at least 4 sticks for the X399 platform. However, this can also be seen as a bonus. We'll discuss all of this towards the end of the article, once we've looked at the performance benefits.
Let's quickly jump into the benchmarks and then find out who this affordable 12-core processor is for.
All tests were performed on the MSI MEG X399 Creation using 32 GB G.Skill FlareX DDR4-3200 memory. Performance can be achieved on all X399 motherboards. For the 1920X we recommend budget boards from MSI, Asrock and Asus …
As I said, we'll just go through all the tests. As you can see when rendering tasks, expect an increase in performance of around 40% with the 1920X compared to the 2700X and an incredible increase of 90% over the Intel with the similar price of 7800X.
This time, when testing with Blender, we see a 35% increase in performance over the 2700X and an 80% improvement over the 7800X.
The last rendering test, POVray, showed a massive 46% increase in performance for the 1920X over the 2700X and decimated the 7800X by an incredible 78%. So if you render a lot, the 1920X is an extreme bargain right now.
For general use, the 1920X still manages and here it delivered the best result in the modern office benchmark PCMark 10 and outperformed the 7800X by 20%.
For aspiring content creators, the 1920X is again an affordable option at the new price of $ 400. The coding was 9% faster than the 2700X and 43% faster than the 7800X.
The 1920X performs well even for heavy machining tasks, here it was 19% faster than the 2700X and 27% faster than the 7800X.
When it comes to gaming, the 1920X isn't a problem either, as it beats both the 2700X and 7800X in the heavy ashes of singularity. Of course, performance won't be that impressive in all games, but if this is a sign of the future, 1920X should be a very solid player for many years to come.
Even under less than ideal conditions, the 1920X still does well and here we see that it always pushes well over 100 fps.
Another example is the F1 2017, which doesn't offer earth-shattering performance compared to the competition, but overall still impressive performances and 144 Hz players will be satisfied.
Here's another title that punishes the CPU, and the 1920X does well, displacing the 7800X and 2700X by a small margin.
Another big advantage of the X399 platform and the quad-channel memory controller of the 1920X is the large memory bandwidth and of course the large memory capacity.
Another strength is the power consumption. With the 1920X, you can get away with a high-quality 650-watt power supply and still pair it with a high-end graphics card.
There is a quick refresh of performance. Now let's analyze the deal …
It goes without saying, but we'll still say it: if you don't use a 12-core CPU and eight or fewer cores get you through it easily, this deal isn't really of interest to a 2700X or maybe even the 2600X, especially if you only play.
However, if you need as many cores as you can afford and only $ 700 is available for the CPU and motherboard combination, you just can't do it any better.
On average, it can be said that the 1920X and Core i9-7900X are comparable. The Intel CPU could even prevail overclocking, provided that you always have dry ice. In any case, it's a pointless comparison since the 7900X plus a simple motherboard costs around $ 1,250, almost 80% more.
Suppose your workload can use all 12 cores and you need to finish them as soon as possible. Then what are you waiting for? Then let's grab a 1920X with an affordable X399 motherboard. There's no point waiting 6-8 weeks for the 2920X to land at $ 650. This is the MSRP and realistically it will only be a few percent better in terms of performance.
It's also worth noting that you may pay two or three times more for an X399 board than for an X470 or B450 board. But for that money, you get a lot more motherboard. Keep in mind that X399 cards with their 8 DIMM slots support large amounts of DDR4 memory. You also get an amazing number of PCI Express lanes and many other features like more USB 3 ports than you can shake with a stick.