AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X Processor Review
Today we are very excited about reviewing AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X Processor a 64 Cores and 128 Threads HEDT (High-End Desktop) processor from AMD.
Ryzen Threadripper 7980X is the flagship processor of the AMD's latest "Zen 4" Core Architecture based Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series code named “Storm Peak" which were announced on October 19 2023.
Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series processors were introduced as for two distinct market segments. The Ryzen Threadripper Pro Platform with the WRX90 chipset is designed for workstation market, in contrast the Ryzen Threadripper HEDT Platform with the TRX50 chipset is designed for high-end desktop usages.
There are a couple of differences between these two platforms. Threadripper have up to 8 CCDs so resulting up to 64 cores CPU but only supports four memory channels along with up to 48 PCIe Gen 5.0 Lanes, whereas Threadripper Pro supports up to 12 CCDs or up to 96 cores CPU with eight memory channels and 128 PCIe Gen 5.0 Lanes.
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X Processor is a great return of AMD to the high-end desktop market with the innovative 5nm process and "Zen 4" architecture this CPU offers power, performance and efficiency with the ultimate overclocking headroom. With 64 Cores and 128 Threads, Total cache of 320MB the Ryzen Threadripper 7980X Processor have base frequency of 3.2 GHz to a maximum Boost of up to 5.1GHz at a TDP of 350W.
Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series CPU comes with a new TR5 or SP6 socket. While there's a significant difference in pin-count compared with older gen Threadripper CPU but the physical size of the socket is the same, that means you can use old TR4 or SP3 thermal solutions with Threadripper 7000 platform as long as they are capable to handle 350 watts TDP.
For testing we received AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X Processor along with ASUS Pro WS TRX50-SAGE WIFI motherboard, GSKILL ZETA R5 NEO 128GB DDR5 R-DIMMs 6400MHz memory and AMD RADEON PRO W7800 32GB Graphics card.
With Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series CPU, AMD have switched over to a more compact and eco-friendly product packing when comparted with previous generation Threadripper CPU packaging.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X
GSKILL ZETA R5 NEO 128GB DDR5 R-DIMMs
ASUS Pro WS TRX50-SAGE WIFI
AMD RADEON PRO W7800 32GB
Test System configuration -
|AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X
|ASUS Pro WS TRX50-SAGE WIFI
|GSKILL ZETA R5 NEO 128GB DDR5 R-DIMMs
|Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD
|Corsair HYDRO X Series Liquid cooling with Corsair XC9 TR4 Water-block
|AMD Radeon PRO W7800 32GB GDDR6
|MSI Modern MD271UL Series 4K
|Corsair 7000D AIRFLOW
|Windows 11 (23H2)
For testing the performance for the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X processor, we ran few benchmarks at Stock Setting, at AMD EXPO enable and last with some overclocking.
Stock Setting is where BIOS setting is set to default by pressing Clear CMOS button.
Second, we simply set the AMD EXPO profile to DDR5-6400MHz i.e., as provided by GSKILL with ZETA R5 NEO DDR5 R-DIMMs Kit.
And last for overclocking the Ryzen Threadripper 7980X CPU, we simply enable AMD Precision Boost Overdrive and ASUS DOCP.
V-Ray GPU CUDA
Wattage reading as per displayed by APC Pro 1500VA (Model no. BR1500G-IN) UPS. For max power reading CINEBENCH 2024 benchmark was used as load.
- Great Multi-Threaded Performance
- High performance R-DIMMs Supported
- Out of the box Overclocking support
- Overall best power to performance ratio
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X processor with 64 Cores and 128 Threads is a very impressive entry into the HEDT (High-End Desktop) market from AMD. Ryzen Threadripper 7980X processor performed very well in our benchmarks runs, giving superb performance in heavily threaded workloads where as single threaded / light workload also resulted in very good performance. Even more impressive is that all this big performance-power comes with a TDP of 350W slightly higher than currently available highest-end consumer CPUs in the market.
Overall, a system-build around AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X processor with TRX50 board and DDR5 RDIMM memory will be a very expensive build. But utilization of such a workstation by professionals will results in substantial time savings, making this a valuable investment with significant monetary advantages.
Finally considering the best Power-to-Performance given by this new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X processor is the most impressive CPU performance we have seen till date and makes it worthy of our PC TeK Reviews PERFORMANCE Award.