Intel Core i7-9700KF vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

Comparative analysis of Intel Core i7-9700KF and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX processors for all known characteristics in the following categories: Essentials, Performance, Memory, 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.



Reasons to consider the Intel Core i7-9700KF

  • Around 17% higher clock speed: 4.90 GHz vs 4.2 GHz
  • Around 47% higher maximum core temperature: 100°C vs 68°C
  • 2.6x lower typical power consumption: 95 Watt vs 250 Watt
  • Around 39% better performance in PassMark - Single thread mark: 2812 vs 2027
Specifications (specs)
Maximum frequency 4.90 GHz vs 4.2 GHz
Maximum core temperature 100°C vs 68°C
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 95 Watt vs 250 Watt
PassMark - Single thread mark 2812 vs 2027

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
  • Around 27% better performance in PassMark - CPU mark: 21887 vs 17198
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
PassMark - CPU mark 21887 vs 17198

Compare benchmarks

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

PassMark - Single thread mark
PassMark - CPU mark
Name Intel Core i7-9700KF AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
PassMark - Single thread mark 2812 2027
PassMark - CPU mark 17198 21887
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 6164
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 29776
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score 0

Compare specifications (specs)

Intel Core i7-9700KF AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX


Architecture codename Coffee Lake Zen
Launch date Q1'19 October 2018
Place in performance rating 67 81
Processor Number i7-9700KF
Series 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processors AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors
Status Launched
Vertical segment Desktop Desktop
Family AMD Ryzen Processors
OS Support Windows 10 - 64-Bit Edition, RHEL x86 64-Bit, Ubuntu x86 64-Bit
Price now $1,299.99
Value for money (0-100) 3.52


64 bit support
Base frequency 3.60 GHz 3 GHz
Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm 12 nm
Maximum core temperature 100°C 68°C
Maximum frequency 4.90 GHz 4.2 GHz
Number of cores 8 24
Number of threads 8 48
Die size 213 mm
L1 cache 2304 KB
L2 cache 12 MB
L3 cache 64 MB
Transistor count 19200 million


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


Max number of CPUs in a configuration 1 1
Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Sockets supported FCLGA1151 sTR4
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 95 Watt 250 Watt
Thermal Solution PCG 2015D (130W) Not included


Max number of PCIe lanes 16
PCI Express revision 3.0 3.0
PCIe configurations Up to 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)
Secure Boot

Advanced Technologies

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology
Idle States
Instruction set extensions Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Intel 64
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
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
The "Zen" Core Architecture


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™)