Question Cost Being Equal - Threadripper 1950X or Ryzen 7 3700X?

Atif

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Hello Everyone!

Some quick context, I posted a thread over in the motherboards forum regarding the content creation rig I'm building for my sibling and the feasibility of running 64GB of RAM (dual rank, 4 sticks) at speeds in excess of 2933 on the AM4 platform. What I gathered is I'll have to wait for the X570 boards to hit the market to really run that sort of configuration on AM4.

With that said, one of the suggestions was to explore the TR4 platform because it'll easily support 64GB of RAM (though speeds in excess of 2933 might be hit or miss) and excel at the Adobe video and photo editing applications it'll almost exclusively be used for.

So the entire build list for this new machine is set/in hand, except for the CPU and motherboard. Given some of the open box deals available in my area, I think the price of admission to the TR4 platform will be about the same as a brand new X570 motherboard. Along those lines, Micro Center has the Threadripper 1950X available for $399, which isn't that far off from the $329 MSRP for the Ryzen 7 3700X. So, with that all said and keeping in mind absolutely no gaming will be happening on this machine, is the Threadripper 1950X (today) or the Ryzen 7 3700X (next month) the better choice for this build?

Rest of the build list:

Videocard - MSI AERO ITX GeForce GTX 1070

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws V F4-3000C14Q-64GVK (4 x 16GB double sided Samsung B Die kit)

Primary SSD - ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro PCIe NVMe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 1TB SSD (ASX8200PNP-1TT-C)

Power Supply - Corsair RM1000i 1000W

Operating System - Microsoft Windows 10 Professional

Thank you for any insights you can share!
 

Atif

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Thank you for your input! @Markfw , what motherboard + memory timings are you running at in those TR 1950X machines in your signature?
 

Markfw

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Thank you for your input! @Markfw , what motherboard + memory timings are you running at in those TR 1950X machines in your signature?
stock speed, ASTock Taichi, most are running 3600 cl15 @ 3466.
 

Atif

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That speed/those timings sound great to me! That's the same motherboard we'd be looking to get so that's encouraging.

With regards to your suggestion about the meatier TR, I'm considering my sister's budget and the fact that she's coming from a 6 core Phenom, and feel like we could start with the 1950X and then hopefully the platform persists far enough in the future to where we could pick up a Zen 2/3 based TR on the cheap as an incremental upgrade when/if this setup gets a little long in the tooth.
 

Markfw

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I just suggested that 2970x, as thats a great price, and with make offer to boot !
 


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