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
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.95
 
16.21
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Intel Core i9
 
AMD Ryzen 9
Achitecture codename
Sky Lake-X
 
Zen2
Release date
on October 2018
 
7 July 2019
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,979
 
$499
Price now
$2949
 
$588

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
 
4.6 GHz
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
96K (per core)
L2 cache
18 MB
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
24.8 MB
 
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
 
125 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
 
n/d
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
n/d
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
 
n/d
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
 
n/d
Max number of PCIe lanes
44
 
n/d

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 60.74
Ryzen 9 3900X 66.54 +9.5%

3DMark06 CPU

i9-9980XE 14331
Ryzen 9 3900X 14922 +4.1%

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

i9-9980XE 7444 +24.2%
Ryzen 9 3900X 5992

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

i9-9980XE 65332 +45%
Ryzen 9 3900X 45047

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

i9-9980XE 2
Ryzen 9 3900X 2 +5.8%

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

i9-9980XE 44 +32.3%
Ryzen 9 3900X 33

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

i9-9980XE 200
Ryzen 9 3900X 209 +4.5%

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

i9-9980XE 4172 +36.8%
Ryzen 9 3900X 3049

wPrime 32

i9-9980XE 2 +23.7%
Ryzen 9 3900X 3

WinRAR 4.0

i9-9980XE 7589 +0.8%
Ryzen 9 3900X 7529

x264 encoding pass 1

i9-9980XE 242
Ryzen 9 3900X 268 +10.7%

x264 encoding pass 2

i9-9980XE 178 +21.1%
Ryzen 9 3900X 147

TrueCrypt AES

i9-9980XE 21 +89.9%
Ryzen 9 3900X 11

Passmark

i9-9980XE 29127
Ryzen 9 3900X 31911 +9.6%

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

HyperThreading (allows one physical CPU function as two logical ones. It increases performance, since while one logical CPU is waiting for data, the second may still do useful work)
AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)
TSX-NI (Transactional Synchronization Extensions New Instructions - hardware acceleration of multithreaded calculations for Intel CPUs)
Quick Sync (hardware acceleration of video encoding and decoding for Intel CPUs. Speeds up video encoding by times, but at the cost of somewhat lower quality)
vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

9.5% faster in synthetic tests
Cheaper ($499 vs $1979)
Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 14 nm)
Less power hungry (125 vs 165 watts)

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

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