Being immeasurably bored during this lockdown version of New Year, I figured I've never posted in this thread...
Some of you may already be acquainted with my little Sorceress, but, if not, here goes. As befits a proper mage, she's not the youngest girl on the block. But that doesn't detract from kicking a serious alien butt... and looking good while doing it!
2 x Xeon 2687W, liquid-cooled
128 Gb ECC DDR3 in 8 channels (2x4)
GTX1080 Hybrid (EVGA)
Dual band WiFi/Bluetooth adapter
Creative SoundBlaster ZxR
AverMedia capture card
Thermaltake ToughPower Gold 1200W PSU
Pair of MasterLiquid 240 AIOs with Noctua fans
Fractal Design Define R6 case
APC SmartUPS 1500VA that can in theory run at "office load" for 1h (~15 min at max load)
Windows 10 Enterprise
Suffice to say, she's used for work as much as for fun, and I am yet unsure if getting 50% more performance from the meanest Threadripper is worth the upgrade. For parallel tasks there are few systems that come close, fewer still that would cost less than 5k. Slower RAM is sometimes a bottleneck for poorly written software, but, again, 2x50 GBps over 8 channels (Quad channel per CPU) ought to be enough in this day and age. If not, you're doing something wrong, and a Threadripper won't fare that much better due to its own "dual-headed nature".
Also, not using HDDs for the same reason I have mostly Noctua fans (a few others at low RPMs are used where visible, in black). While I can't say she's totally silent, she is quiet enough to do recording, even at max load. There are no fan curves in play here, all fans are at permanent RPM settings. Plus, there's a 18TB of RAID space on a NAS for stuff I don't need quickly, and 2TB on an SSD is enough for most tasks.
In other words, are there faster systems out there? Definitely. Are there any that are worth upgrading to? Doubtful.