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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

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Here between a Movie visual effects studio and a PC gamer’s lair, there’s a middle ground of architects, freelance photographers, and other creative professionals who need PCs that won’t suck up too much of their billable time as they wait for their products to process. Hardcore gamers may build their systems around a gaming powerhouse such as the Intel Core i9-9900K, and major Hollywood studios may have the resources and IT support for a fleet of Intel Xeon-powered workstations.

Nevertheless, in that intermediate ground, there are limited possibilities. One of them, thankfully, is the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX. This top-tier consumer processor, one of four in Threadripper’s second generation, has enough cores, seams, unboxed fluidity, and cost-effectiveness to serve as an excellent brain for digital artists searching for processing capability for the newest and greatest app stores without breaking the bank.

Features and Chipset AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

This chip, like the rest of the Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation family, is built on AMD’s 12nm Zen+ architecture, which enables greater clock rates and, of course, higher core counts than were previously seen in consumer CPUs.

Previously, we had to manually switch Threadripper components between Creative and Game modes in order to improve multi-threaded performance for intensive activities like as image editing, video processing, and streaming. Game Mode, on the other hand, limits core use to eight and focuses on Core complexes with direct memory access.

Switching between these two modes has been one of the most unpleasant elements of testing and using a Threadripper system. Nonetheless, Dynamic Local Mode will allow the system to select the best one for the job automatically. It not only works as predicted, but we saw no performance decrease when running Cinebench or Tomb Raider.

Dynamic Local Mode should have been a standard feature for Ryzen Threadripper CPUs at launch.


AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

Specifications of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX CPU is designed for the extremely high-end desktop computer market, with 24 cores, 48 threads, and a maximum clock of 4.2GHz. The table below allows us to clearly see the lithography, the number of transistors (if present), the cache memory offered, the maximum capacity of RAM memory that we can get, the type of compatible memory, the release date, the maximum number of PCIe lanes, and the values obtained in the Passmarkplatform, Cinebench R23, and Geekbench 5.

Processor        AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
Microarchitecture Zen+
Core name Colfax
Family Ryzen Threadripper 2000
Part number(s), S-Spec YD297XAZUHCAF
Lithography 12 nm
Transistors 19,200,000,000                      
Cores              24
Threads 48
Base frequency 3.0 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.2 GHz
Cache memory 64 MB
Max memory capacity 1 TB
Memory types DDR4-2933
Max memory bandwidth 87.42 GB/s

Performance of  AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

The AMD Threadripper 2970WX beats the competition in several ways. Despite having eight less cores than the Threadripper 2990WX, this CPU exceeds it in our Geekbench and HandBrake tests, as well as in almost all other benchmarks.

With 24 cores and 48 threads, the Threadripper 2970WX is clearly geared for multi-threaded workloads such as 3D rendering and video encoding. This is not the chip for you if you only need to run simple office apps or older programs that only need a single core.

In comparison to Threadripper siblings and equivalent Intel CPUs, the Threadripper 2970WX is substantially more enticing to value-conscious creative workers. There is no similar Intel chip. The closest equivalent is the Core i9-7960X, which costs $1,699 and features 16 cores and 32 threads. It is more expensive, has fewer cores and threads, and has a slower 2.8GHz base clock speed. Despite the fact that Intel’s high-end desktop (HEDT) CPU lineup is somewhat greater than AMD’s four current-generation Threadrippers, prices and features are clearly out of sync.

Intel’s next step ahead is the $2,000 18-core Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition and the brand-new Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition. (The latter will be reviewed by PC Labs in the near future.) Even though it’s a monster chip, it’s still “short” in cores when compared to the previous generation.

In the end, having a low-spec CPU is irrelevant if it can manage the CPU-intensive tasks you usually perform. Because each creative professional uses a unique set of workflows and apps, the relative strengths and weaknesses of a chip are far more important when spending more than $1,000 on one as the heart of a production workstation or scientific PC, rather than the $100 or $200 for the CPU that powers a typical consumer desktop PC.

Pros and Cons of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

Pros Cons
  • 24 cores, 48 threads
  • Excellent multi-core,
  • Multi-threaded performance
  • Compatible with existing X399 motherboards.
  • Excellent value for software that scales nicely with extra lines
  • Base clock speed is rather slow.
  • Single-threaded performance lags below that of other top-tier CPUs on occasion.
  • Threadripper X-series has fewer memory access options.



We would strongly recommend the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX if the Intel Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X were their only competitors. However, the Intel Core i9-9900K has completely eclipsed it as the most popular high-end mainstream processor. AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX is a killer CPU for digital producers running demanding, cutting-edge apps that need all of the threads they can get, with a staggering 24 cores.