The Ryzen Threadripper is the weapon from AMD to fight the Core X Intel lineup, with which it brings some similarities, like the quad-channel memory access and, of course, the high core (and thread) count.
Our tests show that the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is, with no doubt, a serious competitor for the Core i9-7900X. In all the applications where the number of cores is crucial, like Cinebench, Blender, and Handbrake, the Threadripper 1950X was faster than the Intel model.
So, the Threadipper 1950X is an excellent choice for the segment it is mean to be used: professional applications that use a lot of cores, like image and video rendering, raytracing, video encoding, scientific computing, etc.
But AMD also bets on the enthusiast market, specially gamers that like to do several things simultaneously, like playing a game while encoding and webcasting the gameplay, for example.
But for the regular consumer? Like its competitor, it is not a good deal if you just want to play games, and even more if you will only surf the web, type texts, fill spreadsheets, etc. Our tests shown that the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (and the Core i9-7900X) are slower, in most games, that CPUs that cost one third of its price.
As a final conclusion, it is excellent to see competition in a segment where, for a long time, there was a monopoly. It is healthy for the market and great for the consumers.