AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X vs Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

General info

Comparing Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 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
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
Architecture codename
Launch date
25 November 2019 (1 year ago)
7 November 2019 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
Price now
$5099 (1.3x MSRP)
$2060 (1x MSRP)

Technical specs

Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 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
64 (Tetrahexaconta-Core)
32 (Dotriaconta-Core)
Base clock speed
2.9 GHz
3.7 GHz
Boost clock speed
4.3 GHz
4.5 GHz
Bus support
no data
8 × 16 GT/s
L1 cache
4 MB
2 MB
L2 cache
32 MB
16 MB
L3 cache
256 MB
128 MB
Chip lithography
7 nm, 12 nm
7 nm, 12 nm
Die size
74 mm2
no data
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
95 °C
no data
Number of transistors
19,200 million
23540 Million
64 bit support
Unlocked multiplier


Information on Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 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
280 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and Ryzen Threadripper 3970X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.


Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and Ryzen Threadripper 3970X are enumerated here.


Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and Ryzen Threadripper 3970X. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4 Eight-channel
Max memory channels
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 3990X 91.02 +24.5%
Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 73.09


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 3990X 79889 +24.5%
Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 64146

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 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 3990X from Intel

It seems that there's no Intel equivalent for Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. The nearest candidate is Core i9-10980XE, however, it's 57% slower and lower by 29 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest Intel rivals to Ryzen Threadripper 3990X:

Competitors of Ryzen Threadripper 3970X from Intel

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen Threadripper 3970X from Intel is Core i9-10980XE, which is slower by 47% and lower by 26 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest Intel rivals to Ryzen Threadripper 3970X:

Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X

24.5% better performance in benchmarks

Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

Cheaper ($2060 vs $5099)

Higher boost clock speed (4500 vs 4300 MHz)

Higher base clock speed (3700 vs 2900 MHz)

So, which one is the better CPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.

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