Who makes one of the best 16-core CPU? Now that AMD has its 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Intel has its 16-core Core i9-7960X, we had an opportunity to search out out when boutique customized PC builder Falcon Northwest constructed a pair of nearly-identical rigs that might actually go face to face.
Our 16-core Falcon Northwest Talon specs
As Falcon Northwest is known for, each Talon methods are over-the-top in specs and chassis. Every got here outfitted with:
- 128GB of DDR4 RAM
- Two Nvidia Titan Xp graphics playing cards in SLI
- A pair of Samsung 1TB 960 Professional SSDs
- A 6TB Western Digital exhausting drive
Each characteristic the identical 1,000-watt EVGA Tremendous Nova G3 PSU and the identical customized closed-loop cooler system. The quantity and sort of system followers are the identical as effectively.
Though each have the identical storage subsystem, there’s a slight variance. The pair of Samsung 960 Professional NVMe SSDs within the Intel system are configured as PCIe gadgets in RAID zero, whereas the AMD field retains each Samsung 960 Professional drives as separate drives.
We settled for this variance in order to not hobble the Intel field. In spite of everything, on the time we requested the machines in early September, RAID zero utilizing NVMe drives was obtainable solely on the Intel platform (not VROC, however utilizing the X299 chipset) not on AMD’s X399. Since then, AMD has launched assist for NVMe RAID.
Trying on the learn and write efficiency of each machines, the distinction does not appear to matter a lot. The Intel system has considerably larger learn speeds, whereas the AMD system has considerably larger write speeds.
We matched fastidiously in most different areas. Each CPUs are stored bone inventory. On the time of our story, Falcon had certified 128GB of RAM as much as DDR4/3000 speeds for the Intel system, whereas the highest-clocked RAM on the Threadripper system when utilizing eight DIMMS was DDR4/2400. We determined to maintain each machines at DDR4/2400 to match in value in addition to functionality.
Apart from the CPU and motherboard, the one different massive distinction is the colour.
The AMD machine is hand-painted in luscious Pink Clouds, whereas the Intel machine is hand-painted within the placing Cobalt Clouds.
Efficiency: CPU-centric assessments
Cinebench R15 Efficiency
First up is Maxon’s Cinebench R15 take a look at. It is a free benchmark based mostly on the rendering engine Maxon makes use of in its skilled Cinema4D app. It is extremely multi-threaded and nearly solely a CPU-focused take a look at (although there’s a graphics take a look at, too).
The default mode is to check all the cores without delay. The Core i9 squeaks by the Threadripper field by just a few share factors.
Cinebench R15 additionally lets you tweak the variety of threads to check, so we ran it on solely a single core. That is the place Intel has had a bonus over Zen-based chips, and it reveals with the Core i9’s 15-percent lead on single-threaded duties. We’ll dive into simply the place Intel will get this benefit later, however anybody who thinks this is not a giant win for the 16-core Core i9 is in denial.
POV Ray Efficiency
The Persistence of Imaginative and prescient Raytracer is an app that actually goes again to the times of the Commodore Amiga. Clearly transformed to run on trendy , the free ray tracer loves CPU cores and threads. As we noticed with Cinebench, the Core i9 has a slight edge in efficiency.
POV-Ray additionally helps working in single-threaded mode. As with Cinebench, we see a really clear benefit go to the Core i9, principally because of the clock velocity benefit the Intel chip holds. (We’ll get into simply how a lot of a clock velocity benefit that’s in a while.) There is not any denying that on frivolously threaded hundreds, Core i9 has the benefit.
Blender is an open-source 3D modeler that sees a number of use by unbiased film makers for results sequences. Even NASA makes use of Blender today to produce 3D fashions.
Blender was additionally the benchmark of alternative AMD used when it first unveiled its Zen CPU final 12 months. So who leads the way in which right here? Within the chart beneath (exhibiting Blender utilizing the BMW benchmark), decrease scores are higher in rendering, and the Core i9 has a double-digit lead over the Threadripper half. Ouch.
Corona Renderer 1.three Efficiency
Corona Renderer was first launched with AMD’s Threadripper, and it was used to soundly trounce Intel’s 10-core Core i9-7900X chip as a result of 16 > 10. When it is 16-on-16, although, issues go somewhat sideways. The place Cinebench and POV-Ray put the 2 CPUs pretty shut, Corona Renderer 1.three places the Threadripper about 19 p.c slower than the Core i9. Ouch once more.
Benchmarks will be simply change into political footballs, with one aspect’s followers claiming a take a look at is cooked to favor the opposite. Let’s remind everybody that it was AMD who beneficial the Corona Renderer take a look at.
Shifting on to a compression take a look at, we use the favored and free 7-Zip to measure how briskly every machine is at dealing with file compression. Utilizing the interior benchmark, the Core i9 is about 9 p.c sooner.
7-Zip additionally incorporates a single-threaded take a look at, the outcomes of which are not any shock: The Core i9 comes out about 21 p.c sooner than the Threadripper half. Once more, that is doubtless because of the clock velocity benefit of the Intel chip over its AMD counterpart.
For encoding, we ran our normal take a look at, which duties the free Handbrake encoder with changing a 30GB 1080p MKV file utilizing the Android Pill preset. Like most encoders, Handbrake favors having extra cores, and we see the 2 chips in the identical neighborhood a minimum of. The Core i9 nonetheless comes out forward by eight p.c, however a minimum of it is not the blowout we noticed in Corona or Blender.
Sure, sure, however how do they recreation? Maintain studying to search out out.