Review of AMD Threadripper 2990WX 32 cores HEDT processor

System setup

Our test setup comprises of the following

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 32 cores , 2950X, 1950X- USD 1749
ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme X399 motherboard USD 537.58
Samsung 860 EVO 256 GB with Windows 10 version 1809 mounted on ASUS ROG DIMM2
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB driver 24.21.13.9924 USD 247.86

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
ASUS ROG CrossHair HERO
16 GB DDR4-3200
Kingston Hyper X 250 GB SSD

Intel Core i9-7900X, Core i9-7980XE
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme LGA2066 DDR4
32 GB DDR4-3200
Kingston Hyper X 250 GB SSD

The final setupSetting up the system is pretty straightforward but it is always good to have the manual ready. The ASUS board has 8 DIMM slots and another so called DIMM2 which right next to the power connector. That is designed like a DIMM slot but it is actually meant for the mounting the Samsung 860 EVO. To get Quad DDR4 working, it is also important to insert the 4 DIMMs into the right socket, otherwise you would only be getting half the memory performance or it may not boot. The manual wasn’t very clear as it labels the DIMM slots which they could have labelled it using colour code.

The Enermax Liquid cooler fits nicely on the CPU socket. The good news is that you don’t need to use torx to screw it tight. The usual Philips head screw driver will suffice.

The DDR4 modules are AMD certified to run at CAS 14 DDR4-3200. For easy configuration, on the ASUS board, we used the AOCP configuration.

ASUS RoG Zenith Extreme motherboard
ROG DIMM2 with 256GB Samsung EVO 860 running Windows 10.

Enermax 240 LIQTECH AIO liquid cpu cooler

Enermax 240 LIQTECH AIO liquid cpu cooler
Enermax 240 LIQTECH AIO liquid cpu cooler

4 x 8GB G Skill Flare X DDR4-3200 modules

4 x 8GB G Skill Flare X DDR4-3200 modules

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