AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X vs Intel Core i9-9990XE

General info

Comparing Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and Core i9-9990XE processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

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Market segment
Desktop processor
Desktop processor
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
Intel Core i9
Architecture codename
Skylake (server)
Release date
13 August 2018 (3 years ago)
19 October 2018 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
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Price now
$1000 (1.1x MSRP)

Technical specs

Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and Core i9-9990XE 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)
Base clock speed
3.5 GHz
4 GHz
Boost clock speed
4.4 GHz
4 GHz
Bus support
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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
12 nm
14 nm
Die size
213 mm2
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Number of transistors
19,200 million
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64 bit support
Unlocked multiplier


Information on Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and Core i9-9990XE 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 (Uniprocessor)
Socket TR4
Thermal design power (TDP)
180 Watt
255 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and Core i9-9990XE. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.


Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and Core i9-9990XE are enumerated here.

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Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and Core i9-9990XE. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

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

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics card

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 2950X 35.03 +1.9%
i9-9990XE 34.37


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 2950X 30748 +1.9%
i9-9990XE 30162

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and Core i9-9990XE 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.


Competitors of Ryzen Threadripper 2950X from Intel

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen Threadripper 2950X from Intel is Core i9-9960X, which is faster by 2% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest Intel rivals to Ryzen Threadripper 2950X:

Competitors of Core i9-9990XE from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i9-9990XE from AMD is Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, which is faster by 2% and higher by 5 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i9-9990XE:

Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

1.9% higher performance in benchmarks

Cheaper ($1000 vs $2163)

Higher boost clock speed (4400 vs 4000 MHz)

Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 14 nm)

Lower power consumption (180W vs 255W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)


Advantages of Intel Core i9-9990XE

Somewhat newer (19 October 2018 vs 13 August 2018)

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and Intel Core i9-9990XE. The differences in performance seem too small.

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