Intel Core i9-9980XE vs AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Intel Core i9-9980XE
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

General info

Comparing Core i9-9980XE and Ryzen 9 3900X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Intel Core i9
 
AMD Ryzen 9
Achitecture codename
Skylake-X
 
Zen 2
Release date
8 October 2018
 
7 July 2019
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,979 (tray)
 
$499
Price now
$2100
 
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Technical specs

Core i9-9980XE and Ryzen 9 3900X quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i9-9980XE and Ryzen 9 3900X performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
18
 
12
Number of threads
36
 
24
Maximum frequency
4.5 GHz
 
3.8 GHz
FSB
4 × 8 GT / s
 
n/d
L1 cache
1.125 MB
 
96K (per core)
L2 cache
18 MB
 
6 MB
L3 cache
24.75 MB (shared)
 
64 MB
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
7 nm
Maximum core temperature
84 °C
 
n/d
Transistor count
n/d
 
19,200 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i9-9980XE and Ryzen 9 3900X 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 i9-9980XE and Ryzen 9 3900X. 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
 
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AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
+
 
n/d

Security technologies

Core i9-9980XE and Ryzen 9 3900X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
EDB
+
 
n/d

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i9-9980XE and Ryzen 9 3900X 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 i9-9980XE and Ryzen 9 3900X.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2666
 
DDR4-3200
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

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i9-9980XE and Ryzen 9 3900X.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
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Max number of PCIe lanes
44
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i9-9980XE and Ryzen 9 3900X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i9-9980XE 91.55
Ryzen 9 3900X 100.00 +9.2%

Passmark

i9-9980XE 29127
Ryzen 9 3900X 31815 +9.2%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i9-9980XE and Ryzen 9 3900X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i9-9980XE

We are unaware of any advantages of Intel Core i9-9980XE over AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

9.2% faster in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (7 July 2019 vs 8 October 2018)
Cheaper ($499 vs $1979)
Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 14 nm)
Less power hungry (105 vs 165 watts)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)

So, Core i9-9980XE or Ryzen 9 3900X?

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