AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X vs Intel Core i9-10980XE

General info

Comparing Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE 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
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Architecture codename
Cascade Lake
Launch date
25 November 2019 (1 year ago)
19 October 2019 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
Price now
$2295 (1.1x MSRP)
$969 (1x MSRP)

Technical specs

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE 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
32 (Dotriaconta-Core)
18 (Octadeca-Core)
Base clock speed
3.7 GHz
3 GHz
Boost clock speed
4.5 GHz
4.8 GHz
Bus support
8 × 16 GT/s
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L1 cache
96K (per core)
64K (per core)
L2 cache
512K (per core)
1 MB (per core)
L3 cache
128 MB
24.75 MB (shared)
Chip lithography
7 nm, 12 nm
14 nm
Maximum core temperature
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86 °C
Number of transistors
19,200 million
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64 bit support
Unlocked multiplier


Information on Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE 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)
Thermal design power (TDP)
280 Watt
165 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
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Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
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Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
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Turbo Boost Technology
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Hyper-Threading Technology
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Turbo Boost Max 3.0
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Security technologies

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

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Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE are enumerated here.

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Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4 Eight-channel
Maximum memory size
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256 GB
Max memory channels
Maximum memory bandwidth
102.403 GB/s
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ECC memory support

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics card
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Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE.

PCIe version
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PCI Express lanes
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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 3970X 73.17 +88.1%
i9-10980XE 38.89


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 3970X 64221 +88.2%
i9-10980XE 34130

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE 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.

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X satisfies the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.


i9-10980XE satisfies the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.


Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

88.1% faster (about 2 times) in synthetic tests

Somewhat newer (25 November 2019 vs 19 October 2019)

Higher base clock speed (3700 vs 3000 MHz)

Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 14 nm)

AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)

x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)


Advantages of Intel Core i9-10980XE

Cheaper ($969 vs $2295)

Higher boost clock speed (4800 vs 4500 MHz)

Lower power consumption (165W vs 280W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

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)

Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)

TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)

So, which one is the better CPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X.

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