AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X vs Intel Core i9-9940X

General info

Comparing Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Core i9-9940X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
5.36
 
5.80
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Desktop processor
Series
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
 
Intel Core i9
Architecture codename
Zen
 
Skylake
Launch date
10 August 2017 (3 years ago)
 
19 October 2018 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$999
 
$1,387
Price now
$740 (0.7x MSRP)
 
$714 (0.5x MSRP)

Technical specs

Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Core i9-9940X basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores
16 (Hexadeca-Core)
 
14 (Tetradeca-Core)
Threads
32
 
28
Base clock speed
3.4 GHz
 
3.3 GHz
Boost clock speed
4 GHz
 
4.5 GHz
Bus support
no data
 
4 × 8 GT/s
L1 cache
96K (per core)
 
64K (per core)
L2 cache
512K (per core)
 
1 MB (per core)
L3 cache
32 MB
 
19.25 MB (shared)
Chip lithography
14 nm
 
14 nm
Die size
213 mm2
 
no data
Maximum core temperature
68 °C
 
88 °C
Number of transistors
9,600 million
 
no data
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked multiplier
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Core i9-9940X compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1 (Uniprocessor)
 
1
Socket
SP3r2
 
FCLGA2066
Thermal design power (TDP)
180 Watt
 
165 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Core i9-9940X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
SSE4.2, SSE4A, AMD-V, AES, AVX2, FMA3, SHA
 
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
no data
 
+
Turbo Boost Technology
no data
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology
no data
 
+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
no data
 
+

Security technologies

Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Core i9-9940X technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

EDB
no data
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Core i9-9940X are enumerated here.

AMD-V
+
 
-
VT-d
no data
 
+
VT-x
no data
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Core i9-9940X. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4 Quad-channel
 
DDR4-2666
Maximum memory size
2 TiB
 
128 GB
Max memory channels
4
 
4
Maximum memory bandwidth
85.33 GB/s
 
85 GB/s
ECC memory support
+
 
-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics card
-
 
-

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Core i9-9940X.

PCIe version
3.0
 
3.0
PCI Express lanes
60
 
44

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 30.95
i9-9940X 32.31 +4.4%

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 27168
i9-9940X 28356 +4.4%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Core i9-9940X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Both CPUs satisfy the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Competitors of Ryzen Threadripper 1950X from Intel

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen Threadripper 1950X from Intel is Core i9-7960X, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest Intel rivals to Ryzen Threadripper 1950X:

Competitors of Core i9-9940X from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i9-9940X from AMD is Ryzen 7 5800X, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i9-9940X:

Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X

Higher boost clock speed (4000 vs 3300 MHz)

Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)

ECCMemory

Advantages of Intel Core i9-9940X

4.4% better performance in benchmarks

Much newer (19 October 2018 vs 10 August 2017)

Cheaper ($714 vs $740)

Lower power consumption (165W vs 180W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Intel Core i9-9940X. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions on choice between Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Core i9-9940X, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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