AMD’s 32-Core Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX was plagued with an issue that caused it to perform terribly during gaming. Turns out the fault was on Nvidia’s end and their latest update to the drivers has significantly improved the gaming performance.
PCWorld setup a testbench and tried out two games with the CPU set to Legacy Mode, where it switches off three dies (8 cores), and then Create Mode, with all four dies on (32 cores). The original results showed that in Legacy Mode (8 cores), performance was about on a par with the Core i9-7980XE, but in Create Mode (32 cores) performance dropped.
Upon comparing the new driver to the older one we can see a significant difference in frame rates
Rise of the Tomb Raider on the other hand showed little to no difference which is quite perplexing.
Rise of the Tomb Raider with the 398.82 driver secured a score of 88.3 fps which is just slightly off the original score.
Upon restart, Rise of the Tomb Raider with the broken 398.82 drivers was running in the 130-fps range. An average of three runs was 130 fps and the score with the fixed 399.24 drivers was 131. Its hard to explain what exactly might have caused this.
Regardless, this is great news for the 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX CPU. While its not very likely that someone buying this CPU would be gaming that often, having good performance for when you do game is definitely needed.
There’s way better options for those building a gaming PC. But for someone who intends to render video or heavily multi-task most of the time while throwing in a couple hours of gaming in there, the 32-core Ryzen Threadripper is unbeatable.