AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX vs Intel Core i9-7900X

Comparative analysis of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and Intel Core i9-7900X 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.

 

Differences

Reasons to consider the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

  • CPU is newer: launch date 1 year(s) 4 month(s) later
  • 14 more cores, run more applications at once: 24 vs 10
  • 28 more threads: 48 vs 20
  • A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor: 12 nm vs 14 nm
  • 3.6x more L1 cache, more data can be stored in the L1 cache for quick access later
  • 4.8x more L2 cache, more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
  • 4.6x more L3 cache, more data can be stored in the L3 cache for quick access later
Specifications (specs)
Launch date October 2018 vs 30 May 2017
Number of cores 24 vs 10
Number of threads 48 vs 20
Manufacturing process technology 12 nm vs 14 nm
L1 cache 2304 KB vs 64 KB (per core)
L2 cache 12 MB vs 256 KB (per core)
L3 cache 64 MB vs 13.8 MB
Benchmarks
PassMark - CPU mark 21887 vs 21873

Reasons to consider the Intel Core i9-7900X

  • Around 2% higher clock speed: 4.30 GHz vs 4.2 GHz
  • Around 40% higher maximum core temperature: 95°C vs 68°C
  • Around 79% lower typical power consumption: 140 Watt vs 250 Watt
  • Around 21% better performance in PassMark - Single thread mark: 2450 vs 2027
Specifications (specs)
Maximum frequency 4.30 GHz vs 4.2 GHz
Maximum core temperature 95°C vs 68°C
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 140 Watt vs 250 Watt
Benchmarks
PassMark - Single thread mark 2450 vs 2027

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
CPU 2: Intel Core i9-7900X

PassMark - Single thread mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
2027
2450
PassMark - CPU mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
21887
21873
Name AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Intel Core i9-7900X
PassMark - Single thread mark 2027 2450
PassMark - CPU mark 21887 21873
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 5331
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 35074
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score 0

Compare specifications (specs)

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Intel Core i9-7900X

Essentials

Architecture codename Zen Skylake
Family AMD Ryzen Processors
Launch date October 2018 30 May 2017
OPN PIB YD297XAZAFWOF
OPN Tray YD297XAZUHCAF
OS Support Windows 10 - 64-Bit Edition, RHEL x86 64-Bit, Ubuntu x86 64-Bit
Place in performance rating 81 82
Price now $1,299.99 $1,383.99
Series AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors Intel® Core™ X-series Processors
Value for money (0-100) 3.52 4.68
Vertical segment Desktop Desktop
Launch price (MSRP) $1,050
Processor Number i9-7900X
Status Launched

Performance

64 bit support
Base frequency 3 GHz 3.30 GHz
Die size 213 mm
L1 cache 2304 KB 64 KB (per core)
L2 cache 12 MB 256 KB (per core)
L3 cache 64 MB 13.8 MB
Manufacturing process technology 12 nm 14 nm
Maximum core temperature 68°C 95°C
Maximum frequency 4.2 GHz 4.30 GHz
Number of cores 24 10
Number of threads 48 20
Transistor count 19200 million
Unlocked
Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
Maximum case temperature (TCase) 72 °C
Number of QPI Links 0

Memory

Max memory channels 4 4
Supported memory frequency 2933 MHz
Supported memory types DDR4 DDR4-2666
Maximum memory size 128 GB

Compatibility

Max number of CPUs in a configuration 1 1
Sockets supported sTR4 FCLGA2066
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 250 Watt 140 Watt
Thermal Solution Not included PCG 2017X
Low Halogen Options Available

Peripherals

PCI Express revision 3.0 3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes 44
Scalability 1S Only

Advanced Technologies

AMD SenseMI
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
Intel® AES New Instructions
The "Zen" Core Architecture
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
Intel® vPro™ Platform Eligibility
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)