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

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
Intel Core i9-10980XE

General info

Comparing Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
no data
 
15.61
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Architecture codename
Matisse
 
Cascade Lake-X
Release date
25 November 2019
 
19 October 2019
Launch price (MSRP)
no data
 
$979
Price now
no data
 
$1145

Technical specs

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
32
 
18
Number of threads
64
 
36
Base frequency
3.7 GHz
 
3 GHz
Maximum frequency
4.5 GHz
 
4.8 GHz
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)
Manufacturing process technology
7 nm
 
14 nm
Maximum core temperature
no data
 
86 °C
Transistor count
19,200 million
 
no data
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE 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
Socket
TR4
 
FCLGA2066
Power consumption (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
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
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+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
no data
 
+
Turbo Boost
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2.0
Hyper-Threading
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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 raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
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+
EDB
no data
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE are enumerated here.
AMD-V
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+
VT-d
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+
VT-x
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+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE.
Supported memory types
DDR4 Eight-channel
 
DDR4-2933
Maximum memory size
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256 GB
Max memory channels
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4

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE.
Integrated graphics
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N/A

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE.
PCIe revision
no data
 
3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
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48

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Core i9-10980XE. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 76.73 +80%
i9-10980XE 42.62

Passmark

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 62372 +80%
i9-10980XE 34643

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.

Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

80% faster (about 2 times) in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (25 November 2019 vs 19 October 2019)
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)
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)

Advantages of Intel Core i9-10980XE

Less power hungry (165 vs 280 watts)
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, Ryzen Threadripper 3970X or Core i9-10980XE?

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