AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX vs Intel Core i9-9960X

Comparative analysis of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and Intel Core i9-9960X 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.

Differences

Reasons to consider the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

  • 8 more cores, run more applications at once: 24 vs 16
  • 16 more threads: 48 vs 32
  • A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor: 12 nm vs 14 nm
  • 2.3x more L1 cache, more data can be stored in the L1 cache for quick access later
  • 2.9x more L3 cache, more data can be stored in the L3 cache for quick access later
Number of cores 24 vs 16
Number of threads 48 vs 32
Manufacturing process technology 12 nm vs 14 nm
L1 cache 2304 KB vs 64K (per core)
L3 cache 64 MB vs 22 MB (shared)

Reasons to consider the Intel Core i9-9960X

  • Around 5% higher clock speed: 4.40 GHz vs 4.2 GHz
  • Around 25% higher maximum core temperature: 85°C vs 68°C
  • Around 33% more L2 cache; more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
  • Around 52% lower typical power consumption: 165 Watt vs 250 Watt
  • Around 19% better performance in PassMark - Single thread mark: 2468 vs 2072
  • Around 28% better performance in PassMark - CPU mark: 28050 vs 21846
Specifications (specs)
Maximum frequency 4.40 GHz vs 4.2 GHz
Maximum core temperature 85°C vs 68°C
L2 cache 1 MB (per core) vs 12 MB
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 165 Watt vs 250 Watt
Benchmarks
PassMark - Single thread mark 2468 vs 2072
PassMark - CPU mark 28050 vs 21846

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
CPU 2: Intel Core i9-9960X

PassMark - Single thread mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
2072
2468
PassMark - CPU mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
21846
28050
Name AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Intel Core i9-9960X
PassMark - Single thread mark 2072 2468
PassMark - CPU mark 21846 28050
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 5467
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 49807

Compare specifications (specs)

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Intel Core i9-9960X

Essentials

Architecture codename Zen Skylake
Family AMD Ryzen Processors
Launch date October 2018 October 2018
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 30 1
Price now $1,299.99
Series AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors Intel® Core™ X-series Processors
Value for money (0-100) 3.52
Vertical segment Desktop Desktop
Processor Number i9-9960X
Status Launched

Performance

64 bit support
Base frequency 3 GHz 3.10 GHz
Die size 213 mm
L1 cache 2304 KB 64K (per core)
L2 cache 12 MB 1 MB (per core)
L3 cache 64 MB 22 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology 12 nm 14 nm
Maximum core temperature 68°C 85°C
Maximum frequency 4.2 GHz 4.40 GHz
Number of cores 24 16
Number of threads 48 32
Transistor count 19200 million
Unlocked
Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
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 165 Watt
Thermal Solution Not included PCG 2017X

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
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)