The Full Nerd ep. 66: Threadripper 2990WX memory bandwidth, Athlon with Radeon, and more

Duron and data processing

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAdam Patrick Murray are joined by games guru Hayden Dingman once again—though games aren’t up for discussion.

Instead, Gordon covers his investigation into the Threadripper 2990WX’s memory bandwidth performance, sparked by the unusual configuration of the four dies connected within the 32-core (!!!) CPU. It’s complicated, and doubly so thanks to some quirky Windows behavior. Bottom line: If you can put all those cores and threads to work, the Threadripper 2990WX is still a very worthwhile purchase, though you might want to consider alternatives if your workload is especially memory intensive.

After that, we cover AMD dragging Athlon CPUs into the modern era with Zen and Radeon Vega innards, followed by talk about an HDMI cord that can perform its own anti-aliasing on your video output. Weird! You can watch our initial blind tests with the cord on YouTube.

And Hayden thinks DACs will be the next big push in gaming audio.

Witness it all in the video embedded above. You can also watch The Full Nerd episode 66 on YouTube (toss us a follow while you’re there!) or listen to it on Soundcloud if you prefer the audio alone.

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