AMD’s Threadripper 3990X has crazy specs. We’ve drooled written about it a few times. 64 cores, 128 threads, at a base 2.9GHz clock. Suffice it to say, we’re waiting to get one in-house.

The lucky folks at Bit-Tech already have. And they’ve been putting the CPU through it’s paces, including a new unconventional test: circumventing the GPU altogether. So just like the old days, where we asked “but can it run Doom?”, now even the 2007 title Crysis is functional, completely on the 3990X.

Crysis is well recognized as an excellent high-stress benchmark. CryEngine 2, the engine Crysis runs on, was well known as a resource hog and relatively inefficient. This is partially why Crysis 2 and Crysis 3, using CryEngine 3, looked better yet were less intensive to run. So Crysis is still better for stress testing than the newer engine, and it shows.

CoolNation Content Manager Shawn Sanders and I spoke about Bit-Tech’s test and, while ingenius, is somewhat deceiving. AMD’s software for the Threadripper improves performance over time, but that’s on a per-case basis. Watch the full video to see what we mean.

https://youtu.be/1LaKH5etJoE?t=557
The video starts where they test Crysis

You shouldn’t run a game built for GPU-performance on a CPU. Obviously. That’s because graphics cards use hundreds of individual processes running in parallel. It’s similar to today’s multi-core processors, except at much lower clock speeds. If you overclock a high-core chip like the 3990X, in theory it should work more like a GPU, but in practice, not so much.

Still, the fact that it can run at all and be even relatively playable is crazy. So when you pick yours up when they finally release (release date unknown), make sure you grab a proper cooler before seeing how hard you can push this bad boy.