Intel Core i7-9700 vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

Comparative analysis of Intel Core i7-9700 and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX processors for all known characteristics in the following categories: Essentials, Performance, Memory, Graphics, Graphics interfaces, Graphics image quality, Graphics API support, Compatibility, Peripherals, Security & Reliability, Advanced Technologies, Virtualization. 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 Intel Core i7-9700

  • CPU is newer: launch date 6 month(s) later
  • Around 12% higher clock speed: 4.70 GHz vs 4.2 GHz
  • Around 47% higher maximum core temperature: 100 °C vs 68°C
  • 3.8x lower typical power consumption: 65 Watt vs 250 Watt
  • Around 20% better performance in PassMark - Single thread mark: 2834 vs 2362
  • Around 20% better performance in Geekbench 4 - Single Core: 1218 vs 1016
Specifications (specs)
Launch date 23 April 2019 vs October 2018
Maximum frequency 4.70 GHz vs 4.2 GHz
Maximum core temperature 100 °C vs 68°C
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 65 Watt vs 250 Watt
Benchmarks
PassMark - Single thread mark 2834 vs 2362
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 1218 vs 1016

Reasons to consider the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

  • Processor is unlocked, an unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
  • 16 more cores, run more applications at once: 24 vs 8
  • 40 more threads: 48 vs 8
  • A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor: 12 nm vs 14 nm
  • 4.5x more L1 cache, more data can be stored in the L1 cache for quick access later
  • 6x more L2 cache, more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
  • 5.3x more L3 cache, more data can be stored in the L3 cache for quick access later
  • Around 93% better performance in PassMark - CPU mark: 26494 vs 13746
  • Around 56% better performance in Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core: 10347 vs 6643
Specifications (specs)
Unlocked Unlocked vs Locked
Number of cores 24 vs 8
Number of threads 48 vs 8
Manufacturing process technology 12 nm vs 14 nm
L1 cache 2304 KB vs 512 KB
L2 cache 12 MB vs 2 MB
L3 cache 64 MB vs 12 MB
Benchmarks
PassMark - CPU mark 26494 vs 13746
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 10347 vs 6643

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: Intel Core i7-9700
CPU 2: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

PassMark - Single thread mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
2834
2362
PassMark - CPU mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
13746
26494
Geekbench 4 - Single Core
CPU 1
CPU 2
1218
1016
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core
CPU 1
CPU 2
6643
10347
Name Intel Core i7-9700 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
PassMark - Single thread mark 2834 2362
PassMark - CPU mark 13746 26494
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 1218 1016
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 6643 10347
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score 0
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Face Detection (mPixels/s) 31.952
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Ocean Surface Simulation (Frames/s) 428.039
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - T-Rex (Frames/s) 2.209
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Video Composition (Frames/s) 21.946
CompuBench 1.5 Desktop - Bitcoin Mining (mHash/s) 31.783

Compare specifications (specs)

Intel Core i7-9700 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

Essentials

Architecture codename Coffee Lake Zen
Launch date 23 April 2019 October 2018
Launch price (MSRP) $323, $335
Place in performance rating 248 254
Processor Number i7-9700
Vertical segment Desktop Desktop
Family AMD Ryzen Processors
OPN PIB YD297XAZAFWOF
OPN Tray YD297XAZUHCAF
OS Support Windows 10 - 64-Bit Edition, RHEL x86 64-Bit, Ubuntu x86 64-Bit
Price now $1,299.99
Series AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors
Value for money (0-100) 3.52

Performance

64 bit support
Base frequency 3.00 GHz 3 GHz
Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
L1 cache 512 KB 2304 KB
L2 cache 2 MB 12 MB
L3 cache 12 MB 64 MB
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm 12 nm
Maximum core temperature 100 °C 68°C
Maximum frequency 4.70 GHz 4.2 GHz
Number of cores 8 24
Number of threads 8 48
Die size 213 mm
Transistor count 19200 million
Unlocked

Memory

ECC memory support
Max memory channels 2 4
Maximum memory bandwidth 41.6 GB/s
Maximum memory size 128 GB
Supported memory types DDR4-2666 DDR4
Supported memory frequency 2933 MHz

Graphics

Device ID 0x3E98
Graphics base frequency 350 MHz
Graphics max dynamic frequency 1.20 GHz
Intel® Clear Video HD technology
Intel® Clear Video technology
Intel® InTru™ 3D technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video
Max video memory 64 GB
Processor graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630

Graphics interfaces

Number of displays supported 3

Graphics image quality

4K resolution support
Max resolution over DisplayPort 4096x2304@60Hz
Max resolution over eDP 4096x2304@60Hz
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4 4096x2304@24Hz

Graphics API support

DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5

Compatibility

Max number of CPUs in a configuration 1 1
Sockets supported FCLGA1151 sTR4
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 65 Watt 250 Watt
Thermal Solution PCG 2015C (65W) Not included

Peripherals

Max number of PCIe lanes 16
PCI Express revision 3.0 3.0
PCIe configurations 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Scalability 1S Only

Security & Reliability

Execute Disable Bit (EDB)
Intel® Identity Protection technology
Intel® Memory Protection Extensions (Intel® MPX)
Intel® OS Guard
Intel® Secure Key technology
Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX)
Intel® Trusted Execution technology (TXT)

Advanced Technologies

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology
Idle States
Instruction set extensions Intel SSE4.1, Intel SSE4.2, Intel AVX2
Intel 64
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2)
Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® Hyper-Threading technology
Intel® Optane™ Memory Supported
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel® TSX-NI
Intel® Turbo Boost technology
Intel® vPro™ Platform Eligibility
Thermal Monitoring
AMD SenseMI
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
The "Zen" Core Architecture

Virtualization

Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
AMD Virtualization (AMD-V™)