AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X vs Ryzen 9 5950X

General info

Comparing Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 5950X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.75
 
2.65
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Desktop processor
Series
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
 
AMD Ryzen 9
Architecture codename
Matisse
 
Vermeer (Zen3)
Launch date
7 November 2019 (1 year ago)
 
8 October 2020 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,999
 
$799
Price now
$4200
 
$3132

Technical specs

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 5950X 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
 
16
Threads
64
 
32
Base clock speed
3.7 GHz
 
3.4 GHz
Boost clock speed
3.7 GHz
 
3.4 GHz
Bus support
8 × 16 GT/s
 
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L1 cache
2 MB
 
1 MB
L2 cache
16 MB
 
8 MB
L3 cache
128 MB
 
64 MB
Chip lithography
7 nm, 12 nm
 
7 nm, 12 nm
Die size
no data
 
2x 80.7 + 125 (I/O) mm2
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
no data
 
95 °C
Transistor count
23540 Million
 
no data
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked multiplier
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 5950X 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.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1 (Uniprocessor)
 
1
Socket
TR4
 
AM4
Thermal design power (TDP)
280 Watt
 
105 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 5950X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
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86x MMX(+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, SSE4A,-64, AMD-V, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, SHA, Precision Boost 2
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 5950X are enumerated here.

AMD-V
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 5950X.

Supported memory types
DDR4 Eight-channel
 
DDR4-3200
Maximum memory size
no data
 
128 GB
Max memory channels
4
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
102.403 GB/s
 
51.196 GB/s
ECC memory support
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 5950X. 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 73.24 +39.3%
Ryzen 9 5950X 52.57

Passmark

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

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 64217 +39.3%
Ryzen 9 5950X 46096

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 5950X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

39.3% better performance in benchmarks

Higher boost clock speed (3700 vs 3400 MHz)

Higher base clock speed (3700 vs 3400 MHz)

ECCMemory

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

Somewhat newer (8 October 2020 vs 7 November 2019)

Cheaper ($3132 vs $4200)

Lower power consumption (105 vs 280 watts)

So, Ryzen Threadripper 3970X or Ryzen 9 5950X?

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

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