Nvidia’s Latest Drivers Bring Massive Gaming Performance Improvements To Threadripper 2990WX As Much As 50% Boost In Some Titles

Nvidia recently released brand new drivers through it’s GeForce Experience platform for improved support of the new Upcoming titles including Shadow of The Tomb Raider , The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta, and Asseto Corsa Competizione early access.
In the patch notes, they mentioned the improvement in processors having 32 cores and 64 threads. The first processor which comes into mind with that core count is AMD’s Threadripper 2990WX. And PcPer.com got to testing

Screenshot – Patch Notes Of Version 399.24

Initially, the performance of the 2990WX was extremely underwhelming when it came to gaming, but it did not come off as a shock to the consumers, as AMD had stated this CPU is not designed to game on and was intended for the HPC market.

After the patch came out users of the 2990WX were quick to report the gain in gaming performance they started noticing after the update rolled out.

PcPer.com plugged in their Threadripper 2990WX and benchmarked it’s gaming performance post patch to compare it with the results they had gotten previously. They used the following test bench for the 2990WX.

Test System Setup
CPUAMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
MotherboardASUS ROG Zenith Extreme – BIOS 1304
Memory16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3200

Operating at DDR4-2933

StorageCorsair Neutron XTi 480 SSD
Sound CardOnboard
Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB
Graphics DriversNVIDIA 398.26 and 399.24
Power SupplyCorsair RM1000x
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro x64 RS4 (17134.165)


After all the testing was done the results they came up with were exactly as the users reported. The performance in Frames per second had gone up by an average of 50% from when they last tested the 2990WX for gaming.

Grand Theft Auto V

As mentioned by PcPer.com GTA V had one of the worse performances out of all the games tested prior to the update, reaching about 45 frames per second at average. After the patch that number went up by about 40% with the game running at around 73 frames per second on average.

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Assassin’s Creed: Origins

The highly demanding RPG game although remained playable pre-patch maintaining an average framerate just short of 60 fps, also saw a significant boost of about 25 average fps reaching up to 83 after the patch. Which is identical to the performance the Threadripper 2990WX offered pre-patch with just 1/4th of its cores enabled under the legacy compatibility mode.

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Total War: Warhammer II (DX11)

Total War: Warhammer II told a pretty similar story but it was at an entirely different spectrum, although there was an improvement in FPS of about 25%-30%, it only rose from pretty extremely unplayable, to extremely unplayable. With the post-patch framerate not even hitting the 30 fps mark. This is one of the best examples of how games are not developed to take advantage of multiple core and thread counts as of yet.

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Far Cry 5

Far Cry was one of the most interesting titles in the testing list. With the pre-patch list it showed itself to be incompatible to the 32 core count and crashed on launch, although it ran at a great average framerate of 98 with only 1/4th of the cores enabled of the 2990WX, but the GeForce Version 399.24 made Far Cry 5 compatible to run with the 32 core Threadripper. Though the framerate wasn’t impressive it was still a 100% gain from not running at all.

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They also tested Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and F1 2017 both of which showed amazing improvements in average FPS’ shooting up to 78% in case of F1 and 20% in case of Shadow of War with the new update installed.

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Concluding the Results

So it definitely seems that gaming performance on the 2990WX was held up by software, and not the actual processor itself. But this still doesn’t change the fact that the 2990WX is very much a chip for professional use and not for gaming. Gaming workloads still prefer strong single core performance, although that is changing slowly as both Intel and AMD are bringing more cores to mainstream desktop CPUs. Although it’s nice of Nvidia to bring out this patch, as this will definitely help consumers who bought the 2990WX, do a bit of gaming. We want to thank PcPer again for this comprehensive benchmark please check them out here.

Indranil Chowdhury
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