Intel Core i9-9900KF vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

Comparative analysis of Intel Core i9-9900KF and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 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 i9-9900KF

  • Around 14% higher clock speed: 5.00 GHz vs 4.4 GHz
  • Around 47% higher maximum core temperature: 100°C vs 68°C
  • Around 89% lower typical power consumption: 95 Watt vs 180 Watt
  • Around 32% better performance in PassMark - Single thread mark: 2932 vs 2218
Specifications (specs)
Maximum frequency 5.00 GHz vs 4.4 GHz
Maximum core temperature 100°C vs 68°C
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 95 Watt vs 180 Watt
PassMark - Single thread mark 2932 vs 2218

Reasons to consider the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

  • Processor is unlocked, an unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
  • 8 more cores, run more applications at once: 16 vs 8
  • 16 more threads: 32 vs 16
  • A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor: 12 nm vs 14 nm
  • Around 23% better performance in PassMark - CPU mark: 25543 vs 20715
Specifications (specs)
Unlocked Unlocked vs Locked
Number of cores 16 vs 8
Number of threads 32 vs 16
Manufacturing process technology 12 nm vs 14 nm
PassMark - CPU mark 25543 vs 20715

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: Intel Core i9-9900KF
CPU 2: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

PassMark - Single thread mark
PassMark - CPU mark
Name Intel Core i9-9900KF AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
PassMark - Single thread mark 2932 2218
PassMark - CPU mark 20715 25543
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 4730
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 35248
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score 0

Compare specifications (specs)

Intel Core i9-9900KF AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X


Architecture codename Coffee Lake Zen+
Launch date Q1'19 31 August 2018
Place in performance rating 7 86
Processor Number i9-9900KF
Series 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9 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 $899.99
Value for money (0-100) 8.50


64 bit support
Base frequency 3.60 GHz 3.5 GHz
Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm 12 nm
Maximum core temperature 100°C 68°C
Maximum frequency 5.00 GHz 4.4 GHz
Number of cores 8 16
Number of threads 16 32
Die size 213 mm
L1 cache 1536 KB
L2 cache 8 MB
L3 cache 32 MB
Transistor count 9600 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 180 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
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™)