AMD’s 32-core  Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is arguably the most powerful “consumer” CPU ever sold. But most powerful doesn’t always mean it belongs in your PC. To help you decide if you need this monster CPU, we’ll lay out the reasons you should—or shouldn’t—buy it.

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In heavily-multi-threaded applications like Cinema4D, the 32-core is the leader of the pack.

Reasons you need to buy the 32-core Threadripper:

You need an insane amount of threads at your fingertips

Just two years ago, the most powerful CPU a regular person could buy was Intel’s 10-core Core i7-6950X. With AMD’s Threadripper 2990WX, you can now get 32 cores. Even crazier: With the Simultaneous Multi-Threading of the Threadripper 2990WX, you actually have 64 threads on tap.

If you do 3D modelling, visual effects, or heavy-duty workstation tasks that can scale up to its threads, then you’re going to cry tears of joy when you run your first workloads across the 32-core Threadripper 2990WX. I mean, *sniff,* it’s beautiful…

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If you see this happen on your 3D rendering job, it’s OK if you cry.

You need to multi-task like you’re nuts

Not everyone has applications that can use 32 or 64 threads of compute, but the good news is having this crazy amount of CPU cores allows you to multi-task like you never could before. Nay. Strike that. The 32-core Threadripper lets you multi-mega-super-sonic-task like you never could before. For example, here’s the performance result of doing a simultaneous Blender 3D model render on the CPU along with exporting a short video in Premiere Pro CC. The 32-core Threadripper easily outpaces the 18-core Core i9-7980XE that actually costs slightly more.

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If you encode a video in Premiere on the CPU while you render out a visual effect for your indie movie, the Threadripper leads the way.

The above tasks are actually fairly realistic, say, for someone making an indie movie. Threadripper’s compute performance is even more more pronounced when you do two heavily threaded tasks at once. Below, for example, you can see Blender being run along with Cinebench. Both are 3D rendering applications, and are unlikely to be run simultaneously, but if you do, the results are spectacular.

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If you run two 3D rendering apps simultaneously, the Threadripper kicks butt..

You want a boatload of PCIe lanes

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