AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors arrived officially on the scene at the back end of last week, shaking up the High-End Desktop segment that for so long has been the exclusive domain of Intel. Amongst all the media noise ASUS invited Elite Overclocker Neo Sibeko (South Africa) over to test drive the new platform using the latest ROG Zenith Extreme motherboard. Known to many as the chief editor of The Overclocker magazine, Neo made some very decent scores as part of his review article that will appear in the next edition of the magazine. In the end he managed to claim seven Hardware First Places (Cinebench R11.5, Cinebench R15, HWBOT Prime, x265 1080P, x265 4K, Geekbench3 -Multi and wPrime 1024M) plus a Global First Place ranked score for 16-core processor in the GPUPI for CPU 1B benchmark.
The benching session was of course centered on AMD’s new HEDT flagship, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, a 16-core / 32-thread monster of a processor that currently retails for reasonably competitive $999 USD. Here’s what ASUS had to say about the Overclocking session with The Overclocker in their coverage of the Threadripper launch:
Take Threadripper to the edge and beyond - Overclocking at the highest levels requires sub-zero cooling with exotic substances. Free pouring liquid nitrogen as smoke billows may not be practical for everyday desktops, but it helps us learn the limitations of the platform and how to get the most out of it. The Zenith Extreme is equipped with several enhancements for life on the ragged edge, including special operating modes for LN2 and multimeter probing points for voltage monitoring.
We’ve already used the board to push the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X to 5.37GHz across all 16 cores and 32 threads. That config was stable enough to generate an impressive Cinebench R15 score of 4514. As of August 10, the Zenith Extreme has claimed the top spot on the Threadripper leaderboards with Hardware First Place (HFP) scores across seven benchmarks and a Global First Place (GFP) in GPUPI for CPU -1B. All the scores are listed below along with links to the official submissions.
You can read more and find links to all the scores here on the ASUS ROG website.