AMD Threadripper X399 platform offers additional PCIe lanes as compared to the mainstream lineup and that allows users to add-in thunderbolt 3 cards even if it is not an option on the motherboard. An enthusiast used the Gigabyte GC-Titan-Ridge add-in card in order to get an external Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics card working on the AMD Threadripper X300 platform.
It turns out that the process is pretty simple and overall it is a plug and play solution. What is interesting is that the system already had an AMD Vega graphics card installed inside and the external Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics card still worked.
The user said that he built the system with no plan of adding Thunderbolt 3. But this is something that you can afford to do when you have 64 PCIe lanes. You can check out the benchmarks of the system below:
You can check out some other benchmarks included below but you can check out the complete benchmarks from the user’s post.
The current AMD Theadripper CPUs offer up to 32 cores and the pricing is very competitive keeping in mind what Intel is charging. This makes AMD a very interesting option to consider. AMD is not stopping there as AMD CEO Lisa Su is going to talk about the upcoming 7nm CPUs and GPUs at CES 2019. According to AMD:
In 2019, AMD will catapult computing, gaming, and visualization technologies forward with the world’s first 7nm high-performance CPUs and GPUs, providing the power required to reach technology’s next horizon.
While there is little that we know about the upcoming AMD Vega cards that are based on the 7nm process, we did get some leaked benchmarks that show that they perform up to 65% better when compared to the AMD Vega 64. That is some serious performance. If that is indeed the case then the performance of the AMD Navi cards will be impressive.