Intel Core i9-7960X vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X

Intel Core i9-7960X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X

General info

Comparing Core i9-7960X and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
5.47
 
n/d
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Intel Core i9
 
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
Achitecture codename
Skylake-X
 
ZEN+
Release date
30 May 2017
 
6 August 2018
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,699
 
$649
Price now
$1400
 
n/d

Technical specs

Core i9-7960X and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 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 Threadripper 2920X performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
16
 
12
Number of threads
32
 
24
Maximum frequency
2.8 GHz
 
3.5 GHz
FSB
4 × 8 GT / s
 
4 × 8 GT / s
L1 cache
1 MB
 
1.125 MB
L2 cache
16 MB
 
6 MB
L3 cache
22 MB (shared)
 
32 MB
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
12 nm
Die size
n/d
 
213 mm2
Transistor count
n/d
 
9600 Million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i9-7960X and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 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
2066
 
SP3r2
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
180 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i9-7960X and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
AES-NI
+
 
-
AVX
+
 
-

Security technologies

Core i9-7960X and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
n/d

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i9-7960X and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-d
+
 
n/d
VT-x
+
 
n/d

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i9-7960X and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X.
Supported memory types
DDR4
 
DDR4
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
2 TiB
Max memory channels
4
 
n/d
Maximum memory bandwidth
79.47 GB / s
 
87.42 GB / s

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i9-7960X and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Core i9-7960X 81.74 +17.4%
Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 69.61

Passmark

Core i9-7960X 25998 +17.4%
Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 22140

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i9-7960X and Ryzen Threadripper 2920X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i9-7960X

17.4% faster in synthetic tests
Less power hungry (165 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

Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X

Much newer (6 August 2018 vs 30 May 2017)
Cheaper ($649 vs $1699)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 14 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)

So, Core i9-7960X or Ryzen Threadripper 2920X?

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