AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X vs Ryzen Threadripper 3960X

General info

Comparing Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen Threadripper 3960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

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Value for money (0-100)
5.03
 
7.05
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Desktop processor
Series
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
 
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
Architecture codename
Matisse
 
Matisse
Launch date
25 November 2019 (1 year ago)
 
25 November 2019 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,999
 
$1,399
Price now
$2295 (1.1x MSRP)
 
$1400 (1x MSRP)

Technical specs

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 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)
 
24 (Tetracosa-Core)
Threads
64
 
48
Base clock speed
3.7 GHz
 
3.8 GHz
Boost clock speed
4.5 GHz
 
4.5 GHz
Bus support
8 × 16 GT/s
 
8 × 16 GT/s
L1 cache
96K (per core)
 
96K (per core)
L2 cache
512K (per core)
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
128 MB
 
128 MB
Chip lithography
7 nm, 12 nm
 
7 nm, 12 nm
Number of transistors
19,200 million
 
19,200 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked multiplier
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 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
 
TR4
Thermal design power (TDP)
280 Watt
 
280 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen Threadripper 3960X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen Threadripper 3960X are enumerated here.

AMD-V
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen Threadripper 3960X. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4 Eight-channel
 
DDR4 Eight-channel
Max memory channels
4
 
4
Maximum memory bandwidth
102.403 GB/s
 
102.403 GB/s
ECC memory support
+
 
+

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 +16.9%
Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 62.59

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 3970X 64221 +16.9%
Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 54934

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 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.

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

Ryzen Threadripper 3960X satisfies the 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

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

Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

16.9% better performance in benchmarks

Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X

Cheaper ($1400 vs $2295)

Higher base clock speed (3800 vs 3700 MHz)

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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