Tech Leaks: Intel’s New Xeon Processor Bests AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Pro in 3D Rendering Benchmark
Intel’s new W9-3495X Xeon processor has outperformed AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995X CPU in Maxon’s Cinebench R23, a popular 3D rendering benchmark, according to a report by TechRadar. However, extreme overclocking and liquid nitrogen cooling were used in the benchmark, which is not a realistic representation of how the processors perform in everyday use. For a more accurate comparison, Puget Systems’ Matt Bach put together a content creation preview article that shows how the two rivals perform on creative software.
Xeon “Sapphire Rapids” processors were used in the benchmark, and they are designed for use in workstations and servers. Threadripper Pro CPUs, on the other hand, are aimed at creative professionals who require high-performance computing for tasks such as video editing and 3D rendering. While the benchmark results are impressive, they do not reflect the real-world performance of the processors.
In conclusion, while Intel’s new Xeon processor may have bested AMD’s Threadripper Pro in a benchmark, it is important to consider the practicality and sustainability of such extreme overclocking. For creative professionals, it is more important to have a processor that can handle their workload without risking system crashes or instability.
AMD Threadripper Pro 5995WX vs Intel Xeon: Which is Faster?
In a recent benchmark test, the AMD Threadripper Pro 5995WX was pitted against three Threadripper Pro CPUs and eight popular benchmark software, including Cinebench R23. The current generation Xeons were found to be 40% faster than the previous generation on single-core performance and faster by about 5% than AMD’s workstation CPU. However, the Threadripper Pro 5995WX was found to be faster than the best Xeon (W9-3495X) by about 8.5%.
It’s worth noting that the Threadripper Pro is not AMD’s fastest CPU anymore. The crown now belongs to the EPYC 9654, a 96-core/192 thread server processor that some vendors have started to use in workstations. Not only does it offer better IPC performance because it uses the newer Zen 4 architecture, but it also has 50% more cores, and because you can run them in pairs, the performance offered is unrivaled.
Intel only won the Cinebench contest because no new EPYC CPU was tested using overclocking. Cinebench is also limited to 128-cores (or 256 threads) per instance, which means that Cinebench R24/R25 will likely offer an instant boost to a 192-core EPYC system when Maxon decides to release it. Currently, a dual socket Cinebench R23 running on two-thirds of its cores scores up to nearly 140,000 without resorting to overclocking.
Mind the Cost
The Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995WX was launched in March 2022, and the EPYC 9654 in November 2022. Could there be a Ryzen Threadripper Pro 7995WX launched before the end of the year? Don’t discount it yet, although we suspect that there’s no need for it now given the fact that it is currently faster than the fastest CPU Intel has across a number of benchmarks.
Hypothetically, this CPU might stick to 64 cores with a slightly higher base/max frequency, more cache with a higher TDP. Those who want extra oomph can always check out boutique workstation providers like Broadberry, ThinkMate, Supermicro, Mediaworkstation, and a few others: as long as your budget allows for it, that is. Expect to pay more than $20,000 for a dual socket AMD EPYC workstation with 192 cores and full DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 support.
Overall, the AMD Threadripper Pro 5995WX is a powerful CPU that can compete with the best Xeon processors. However, the EPYC 9654 is currently the fastest CPU on the market, offering unrivaled performance and better IPC performance. If you’re looking for a powerful workstation, it’s worth considering the EPYC 9654, although it comes at a high cost.