Intel Core i7-5960X vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X

Intel Core i7-5960X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X

General info

Comparing Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
4.67
 
15.00
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Core i7 (Desktop)
 
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
Achitecture codename
Haswell-E
 
Zen
Release date
1 September 2014
 
30 July 2017
Launch price (MSRP)
$999
 
$549
Price now
$1005
 
$316

Technical specs

Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
8
 
8
Number of threads
16
 
16
Maximum frequency
3.5 GHz
 
3.8 GHz
FSB
n/d
 
4 × 8 GT / s
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
768 KB
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
4 MB
L3 cache
20 MB
 
16 MB
Manufacturing process technology
22 nm
 
14 nm
Die size
356 mm2
 
213 mm2
Maximum core temperature
67 °C
 
n/d
Transistor count
2,600 million
 
9600 Million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1
Socket
FCLGA2011-3
 
SP3r2
Power consumption (TDP)
140 Watt
 
180 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
n/d
AES-NI
+
 
-
AVX
+
 
-
vPro
-
 
n/d
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
+
 
n/d
Idle States
+
 
n/d
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
Smart Response
+
 
n/d
Demand Based Switching
-
 
n/d

Security technologies

Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
n/d
EDB
+
 
n/d
Identity Protection
+
 
-

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-d
+
 
n/d
VT-x
+
 
n/d
EPT
+
 
n/d

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X.
Supported memory types
DDR4-1600, DDR4-1866, DDR4-2133
 
DDR4
Maximum memory size
64 GB
 
2 TiB
Max memory channels
4
 
4
Maximum memory bandwidth
68 GB / s
 
79.47 GB / s
ECC memory support
-
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
n/d
Max number of PCIe lanes
40
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Core i7-5960X 50.14
Ryzen Threadripper 1900X 50.59 +0.9%

Passmark

Core i7-5960X 15945
Ryzen Threadripper 1900X 16089 +0.9%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
102 Mh/s
 
n/d

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-5960X and Ryzen Threadripper 1900X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-5960X

Less power hungry (140 vs 180 watts)
AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions - a set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions 2 - an extension to AVX, the set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)
AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)
TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)
AES-NI save
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
IdentityProtectionTechVersion

Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X

0.9% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (30 July 2017 vs 1 September 2014)
Cheaper ($549 vs $999)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 22 nm)
3DNow! (older SIMD instructions set used by AMD CPUs. Supercedes MMX, works with 64-bit registers)
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
ECCMemory

So, Core i7-5960X or Ryzen Threadripper 1900X?

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