Intel Core i9-7960X vs Core i9-9940X

General info

Comparing Core i9-7960X and Core i9-9940X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.23
 
4.34
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Desktop processor
Series
Intel Core i9
 
Intel Core i9
Architecture codename
Skylake
 
Skylake
Launch date
1 September 2017 (3 years ago)
 
19 October 2018 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,699
 
$1,387
Price now
$2405 (1.4x MSRP)
 
$714 (0.5x MSRP)

Technical specs

Core i9-7960X and Core i9-9940X basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores
16 (Hexadeca-Core)
 
14 (Tetradeca-Core)
Threads
32
 
28
Base clock speed
2.8 GHz
 
3.3 GHz
Boost clock speed
4.4 GHz
 
4.5 GHz
Bus support
4 × 8 GT/s
 
4 × 8 GT/s
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
64K (per core)
L2 cache
1 MB (per core)
 
1 MB (per core)
L3 cache
22 MB (shared)
 
19.25 MB (shared)
Chip lithography
14 nm
 
14 nm
Maximum core temperature
98 °C
 
88 °C
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked multiplier
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i9-7960X and Core i9-9940X compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1
Socket
FCLGA2066
 
FCLGA2066
Thermal design power (TDP)
165 Watt
 
165 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i9-7960X and Core i9-9940X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
 
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
+
Turbo Boost Technology
2.0
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology
+
 
+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
+
 
+

Security technologies

Core i9-7960X and Core i9-9940X technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

EDB
+
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i9-7960X and Core i9-9940X are enumerated here.

VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i9-7960X and Core i9-9940X. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4-2666
 
DDR4-2666
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
128 GB
Max memory channels
4
 
4
Maximum memory bandwidth
85 GB/s
 
85 GB/s

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics card
-
 
-

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i9-7960X and Core i9-9940X.

PCIe version
3.0
 
3.0
PCI Express lanes
44
 
44

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i9-7960X 30.93
i9-9940X 32.31 +4.5%

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

i9-7960X 27149
i9-9940X 28356 +4.4%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i9-7960X and Core i9-9940X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Both CPUs satisfy the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Competitors of Core i9-7960X from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i9-7960X from AMD is Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i9-7960X:

Competitors of Core i9-9940X from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i9-9940X from AMD is Ryzen 7 5800X, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i9-9940X:

Advantages of Intel Core i9-7960X

We are unaware of any advantages of Intel Core i9-7960X over Intel Core i9-9940X.

Advantages of Intel Core i9-9940X

4.5% better performance in benchmarks

Much newer (19 October 2018 vs 1 September 2017)

Cheaper ($714 vs $2405)

Higher boost clock speed (3300 vs 2800 MHz)

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core i9-7960X and Intel Core i9-9940X. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions on choice between Core i9-7960X and Core i9-9940X, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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