Intel Core i9-7960X vs AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

General info

Comparing Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
7.42
 
30.28
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Intel Core i9
 
AMD Ryzen 7
Architecture codename
Skylake (server)
 
Matisse
Release date
1 September 2017
 
7 July 2019
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,699
 
$399
Price now
$1879
 
$398

Technical specs

Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
16
 
8
Number of threads
32
 
16
Base frequency
2.8 GHz
 
3.9 GHz
Maximum frequency
4.4 GHz
 
4.5 GHz
Bus support
4 × 8 GT/s
 
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L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
96K (per core)
L2 cache
1 MB (per core)
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
22 MB (shared)
 
32 MB
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
7 nm
Maximum core temperature
98 °C
 
no data
Transistor count
no data
 
19,200 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X 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 (Uniprocessor)
Socket
FCLGA2066
 
AM4
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
105 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X. 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
 
no data
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
no data
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
no data
Hyper-Threading
+
 
no data
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
+
 
no data

Security technologies

Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
EDB
+
 
no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-d
+
 
no data
VT-x
+
 
no data

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2666
 
DDR4 Dual-channel
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
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Max memory channels
4
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
79.47 GB/s
 
47.68 GB/s

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X.
Integrated graphics
-
 
-

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
no data
Max number of PCIe lanes
44
 
no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i9-7960X 33.77 +15.7%
Ryzen 7 3800X 29.20

Passmark

i9-7960X 26978 +15.6%
Ryzen 7 3800X 23330

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i9-7960X and Ryzen 7 3800X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i9-7960X

15.7% faster in synthetic tests

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

Much newer (7 July 2019 vs 1 September 2017)
Cheaper ($399 vs $1699)
Higher maximum frequency (4500 vs 4400 MHz)
Higher base frequency (3900 vs 2800 MHz)
Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 14 nm)
Less power hungry (105 vs 165 watts)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)

So, Core i9-7960X or Ryzen 7 3800X?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends Intel Core i9-7960X.
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