AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X vs Intel Core i9-7980XE

Comparative analysis of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 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 Threadripper 3990X

  • CPU is newer: launch date 2 year(s) 5 month(s) later
  • 46 more cores, run more applications at once: 64 vs 18
  • 92 more threads: 128 vs 36
  • 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
  • 3.6x more L1 cache, more data can be stored in the L1 cache for quick access later
  • Around 78% more L2 cache; more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
  • 10.3x more L3 cache, more data can be stored in the L3 cache for quick access later
  • 4x more maximum memory size: 512 GB vs 128 GB
  • Around 4% better performance in PassMark - Single thread mark: 2554 vs 2466
  • 2.7x better performance in PassMark - CPU mark: 80919 vs 29679
  • Around 3% better performance in Geekbench 4 - Single Core: 1214 vs 1177
  • Around 42% better performance in Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core: 23273 vs 16370
Specifications (specs)
Launch date 7 Feb 2020 vs September 2017
Number of cores 64 vs 18
Number of threads 128 vs 36
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
L1 cache 4 MB vs 64 KB (per core)
L2 cache 32 MB vs 1024 KB (per core)
L3 cache 256 MB vs 25344 KB (shared)
Maximum memory size 512 GB vs 128 GB
Benchmarks
PassMark - Single thread mark 2554 vs 2466
PassMark - CPU mark 80919 vs 29679
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 1214 vs 1177
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 23273 vs 16370

Reasons to consider the Intel Core i9-7980XE

  • Around 70% lower typical power consumption: 165 Watt vs 280 Watt
  • Around 7% better performance in 3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score: 11860 vs 11061
Specifications (specs)
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 165 Watt vs 280 Watt
Benchmarks
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score 11860 vs 11061

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X
CPU 2: Intel Core i9-7980XE

PassMark - Single thread mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
2554
2466
PassMark - CPU mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
80919
29679
Geekbench 4 - Single Core
CPU 1
CPU 2
1214
1177
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core
CPU 1
CPU 2
23273
16370
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score
CPU 1
CPU 2
11061
11860
Name AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Intel Core i9-7980XE
PassMark - Single thread mark 2554 2466
PassMark - CPU mark 80919 29679
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 1214 1177
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 23273 16370
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score 11061 11860
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 Threadripper 3990X Intel Core i9-7980XE

Essentials

Architecture codename Zen Skylake
Launch date 7 Feb 2020 September 2017
Launch price (MSRP) $3990 $1,999
OPN PIB 100-100000163WOF
OPN Tray 100-000000163
Place in performance rating 19 24
Vertical segment Desktop Desktop
Price now $2,005.50
Processor Number i9-7980XE
Series Intel® Core™ X-series Processors
Status Launched
Value for money (0-100) 4.08

Performance

Base frequency 2.9 GHz 2.60 GHz
L1 cache 4 MB 64 KB (per core)
L2 cache 32 MB 1024 KB (per core)
L3 cache 256 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 64 18
Number of threads 128 36
Unlocked
64 bit support
Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
Number of QPI Links 0

Memory

Max memory channels 8 4
Maximum memory size 512 GB 128 GB
Supported memory types DDR4-3200 DDR4-2666

Compatibility

Sockets supported sTRX4 FCLGA2066
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 280 Watt 165 Watt
Low Halogen Options Available
Max number of CPUs in a configuration 1
Thermal Solution PCG 2017X

Peripherals

PCI Express revision 4.0 3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes 44
Scalability 1S Only

Advanced Technologies

Fused Multiply-Add 3 (FMA3)
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2)
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)