Intel Core i9-7980XE vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

Intel Core i9-7980XE
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

General info

Comparing Core i9-7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
9.58
 
10.52
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Intel Core i9
 
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
Architecture codename
Skylake (server)
 
ZEN+
Release date
1 September 2017
 
2 October 2018
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,999
 
$1,299
Price now
$1585
 
$1300

Technical specs

Core i9-7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i9-7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
18
 
24
Number of threads
36
 
48
Base frequency
2.6 GHz
 
3 GHz
Maximum frequency
4.4 GHz
 
4.2 GHz
Bus support
4 × 8 GT/s
 
no data
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
96K (per core)
L2 cache
1 MB (per core)
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
24.75 MB (shared)
 
64 MB
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
12 nm
Die size
no data
 
213 mm2
Maximum core temperature
94 °C
 
no data
Transistor count
no data
 
19,200 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i9-7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 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
 
Socket TR4
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
250 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i9-7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX. 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 i9-7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
EDB
+
 
no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i9-7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 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 i9-7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2666
 
DDR4 Quad-channel
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
2 TiB
Max memory channels
4
 
4
Maximum memory bandwidth
79.47 GB/s
 
87.42 GB/s
ECC memory support
-
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i9-7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
no data
Max number of PCIe lanes
44
 
no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i9-7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i9-7980XE 36.21 +11.1%
Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 32.59

Passmark

i9-7980XE 29439 +11.1%
Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 26494

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i9-7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i9-7980XE

11.1% faster in synthetic tests
Less power hungry (165 vs 250 watts)

Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

Much newer (2 October 2018 vs 1 September 2017)
Cheaper ($1299 vs $1999)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 14 nm)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
ECCMemory

So, Core i9-7980XE or Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends Intel Core i9-7980XE.
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