AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 vs Intel Core i9-7980XE

Comparative analysis of AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 and Intel Core i9-7980XE processors for all known characteristics in the following categories: Essentials, Performance, Memory, Compatibility, Peripherals, Advanced Technologies, Virtualization, Security & Reliability. Benchmark processor performance analysis: PassMark - Single thread mark, PassMark - CPU mark, Geekbench 4 - Single Core, Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core, 3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score, CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Face Detection (mPixels/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Ocean Surface Simulation (Frames/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - T-Rex (Frames/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Video Composition (Frames/s), CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Bitcoin Mining (mHash/s).

 

Differences

Reasons to consider the AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900

  • CPU is newer: launch date 2 year(s) 0 month(s) later
  • Around 2% higher clock speed: 4.3 GHz vs 4.20 GHz
  • Around 1% higher maximum core temperature: 95 °C vs 94°C
  • A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor: 7 nm vs 14 nm
  • 2.6x more L3 cache, more data can be stored in the L3 cache for quick access later
  • 2.5x lower typical power consumption: 65 Watt vs 165 Watt
  • Around 29% better performance in PassMark - Single thread mark: 3018 vs 2341
  • Around 19% better performance in PassMark - CPU mark: 32899 vs 27674
Specifications (specs)
Launch date 30 Sep 2019 vs September 2017
Maximum frequency 4.3 GHz vs 4.20 GHz
Maximum core temperature 95 °C vs 94°C
Manufacturing process technology 7 nm vs 14 nm
L3 cache 64 MB vs 25344 KB (shared)
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 65 Watt vs 165 Watt
Benchmarks
PassMark - Single thread mark 3018 vs 2341
PassMark - CPU mark 32899 vs 27674

Reasons to consider the Intel Core i9-7980XE

  • 6 more cores, run more applications at once: 18 vs 12
  • 12 more threads: 36 vs 24
  • Around 50% more L1 cache; more data can be stored in the L1 cache for quick access later
  • 3x more L2 cache, more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
Number of cores 18 vs 12
Number of threads 36 vs 24
L1 cache 64 KB (per core) vs 768 KB
L2 cache 1024 KB (per core) vs 6 MB

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900
CPU 2: Intel Core i9-7980XE

PassMark - Single thread mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
3018
2341
PassMark - CPU mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
32899
27674
Name AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 Intel Core i9-7980XE
PassMark - Single thread mark 3018 2341
PassMark - CPU mark 32899 27674
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 1182
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 16740
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score 0
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Face Detection (mPixels/s) 40.947
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Ocean Surface Simulation (Frames/s) 484.771
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - T-Rex (Frames/s) 3.237
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Video Composition (Frames/s) 21.073
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Bitcoin Mining (mHash/s) 218.231

Compare specifications (specs)

AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 Intel Core i9-7980XE

Essentials

Architecture codename Zen 2 Skylake
Family Ryzen 9
Launch date 30 Sep 2019 September 2017
OPN Tray 100-000000072
Place in performance rating 3 67
Processor Number PRO 3900 i9-7980XE
Vertical segment Desktop Desktop
Launch price (MSRP) $1,999
Price now $2,005.50
Series Intel® Core™ X-series Processors
Status Launched
Value for money (0-100) 4.08

Performance

Base frequency 3.1 GHz 2.60 GHz
L1 cache 768 KB 64 KB (per core)
L2 cache 6 MB 1024 KB (per core)
L3 cache 64 MB 25344 KB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology 7 nm 14 nm
Maximum core temperature 95 °C 94°C
Maximum frequency 4.3 GHz 4.20 GHz
Number of cores 12 18
Number of threads 24 36
Unlocked
64 bit support
Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
Number of QPI Links 0

Memory

Max memory channels 2 4
Maximum memory bandwidth 47.68 GB/s
Maximum memory size 128 GB 128 GB
Supported memory types DDR4-3200 DDR4-2666

Compatibility

Max number of CPUs in a configuration 1 1
Sockets supported AM4 FCLGA2066
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 65 Watt 165 Watt
Low Halogen Options Available
Thermal Solution PCG 2017X

Peripherals

Max number of PCIe lanes 20 44
PCI Express revision 4.0 3.0
PCIe configurations 1x16+x4, 2x8+x4, 1x8+2x4+x4
Scalability 1S Only

Advanced Technologies

AMD SenseMI
Fused Multiply-Add 3 (FMA3)
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2)
Intel® AES New Instructions
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology
Instruction set extensions Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
Intel 64
Intel® Hyper-Threading technology
Intel® Optane™ Memory Supported
Intel® Turbo Boost technology
Number of AVX-512 FMA Units 2

Virtualization

AMD Virtualization (AMD-V™)
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)

Security & Reliability

Execute Disable Bit (EDB)
Intel® Trusted Execution technology (TXT)