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V-Ray: AMD Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series vs Intel Xeon W-3300

Written on June 23, 2022 by Kelly Shipman
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TL;DR: AMD Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series performance in V-Ray

For CPU-based rendering, AMD’s Threadripper PRO has long been the best choice. This new generation of CPUs widens AMD’s lead even further. With rendering scores increasing by 25% or more, this new generation of Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series CPUs is truly something V-Ray users can get excited about.

Introduction

When AMD announced the Threadripper Pro 5000 WX-Series of CPUs several months ago, it was no surprise V-Ray users were very excited. AMD’s Threadripper PRO line of CPUs quickly became the go-to option for CPU rendering, due in large part to its high core counts (up to 64 cores and 128 threads), 8 channel memory support, and up to 2TB of total RAM. While GPU rendering has grown in popularity, many still rely on the CPU due to the much higher RAM capacity for larger scenes, or to use alongside the GPU to squeeze out every last bit of performance from their systems.

Image showing and AMD Threadripper PRO CPU next to an Intel Xeon W-3300 CPU

In this article, we will be using the V-Ray Benchmark from Chaos to examine the performance of the new AMD Threadripper PRO 5000WX CPUs and compare them to the previous generation of Threadripper PRO, as well as Intel’s Xeon line. If you want to read about what sets Threadripper PRO apart in more detail, we recommend checking out our landing page for Threadripper PRO. If you want to see results from other applications or learn more about our test setup, check out the Threadripper PRO 5000WX summary.

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Benchmark Results

Graph showing relative performance of AMD'd Threadripper PRO 5000WX-series, 3000-Series, and Intel Xeon W-3000 series. With Threadripper PRO 5000WS series having a significant lead over the others.

High-core count CPUs always do exceptionally well in CPU rendering. As we can see from the chart, the IPC and boost clock improvements AMD made to this generation of CPUs have given the new 64-Core 5995WX a 25% increase in performance over the previous generation. This is a fantastic result for a new CPU that can slot into existing motherboards and one that Intel doesn’t yet have an answer for on the workstation side.

Meanwhile, the 32-Core 5975WX sees a 29% improvement over the previous 32-core Threadripper PRO 3975WX. What's more, compared to the 32-core Intel Xeon W-3365, the Threadripper Pro 5975WX is just over 41% faster.

Comparing the 24-core Threadripper Pro 5965WX directly to Intel’s 24-core Xeon X-3345, we see AMD leading by 44% with the same number of cores. While there was no 24-core Threadripper PRO in the previous generation, I will point out that this new 24-core CPU is a whopping 81% faster than the next closest CPU, the Threadripper Pro 3955WX. It is also worth noting that the 24-Core Threadripper PRO 5965WX outperformed Intel’s 32-core Xeon W-3365 by nearly 14%. AMD is able to get quite a bit more out of each core.

How well do AMD Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series CPUs perform in V-Ray?

For CPU-based rendering, AMD’s Threadripper PRO has long been the best choice. This new generation of CPUs widens AMD’s lead even further. With rendering scores increasing by 25% over the previous generation and outperforming similar core count CPUs from Intel by over 40%, these new Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series CPUs are truly something V-Ray users can get excited about.

Keep in mind that the benchmark results in this article are strictly for V-Ray and that performance will vary widely in different applications. If your workflow includes other software packages (we have similar articles for a number of other applications that can be found in our AMD Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series Review Roundup article), you need to consider how the system will perform in those applications as well. Be sure to check our list of Hardware Articles to keep up to date on how all of these software packages - and more - perform with the latest CPUs.

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Tags: AMD Threadripper 3rd Gen, Intel Xeon W-3300, Modeling, 3995WX, 3975WX, 3955WX, 5965WX, 5975WX, 5995WX, V-Ray, AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series, AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3000 Series
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