Intel Core i9-9960X vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

Comparative analysis of Intel Core i9-9960X 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.

Differences

Reasons to consider the Intel Core i9-9960X

  • CPU is newer: launch date 1 month(s) later
  • Around 25% higher maximum core temperature: 85°C vs 68°C
  • 2x more L2 cache, more data can be stored in the L2 cache for quick access later
  • Around 9% lower typical power consumption: 165 Watt vs 180 Watt
  • Around 12% better performance in PassMark - Single thread mark: 2494 vs 2217
  • Around 13% better performance in PassMark - CPU mark: 28820 vs 25479
Specifications (specs)
Launch date October 2018 vs 31 August 2018
Maximum core temperature 85°C vs 68°C
L2 cache 1 MB (per core) vs 8 MB
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 165 Watt vs 180 Watt
Benchmarks
PassMark - Single thread mark 2494 vs 2217
PassMark - CPU mark 28820 vs 25479

Reasons to consider the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

  • A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor: 12 nm vs 14 nm
  • Around 50% more L1 cache; more data can be stored in the L1 cache for quick access later
  • Around 45% more L3 cache; more data can be stored in the L3 cache for quick access later
Manufacturing process technology 12 nm vs 14 nm
L1 cache 1536 KB vs 64K (per core)
L3 cache 32 MB vs 22 MB (shared)

Compare benchmarks

CPU 1: Intel Core i9-9960X
CPU 2: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

PassMark - Single thread mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
2494
2217
PassMark - CPU mark
CPU 1
CPU 2
28820
25479
Name Intel Core i9-9960X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
PassMark - Single thread mark 2494 2217
PassMark - CPU mark 28820 25479
Geekbench 4 - Single Core 4748
Geekbench 4 - Multi-Core 34644
3DMark Fire Strike - Physics Score 20545

Compare specifications (specs)

Intel Core i9-9960X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

Essentials

Architecture codename Skylake Zen+
Launch date October 2018 31 August 2018
Place in performance rating 1 20
Processor Number i9-9960X
Series Intel® Core™ X-series Processors AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors
Status Launched
Vertical segment Desktop Desktop
Family AMD Ryzen Processors
OPN PIB YD295XA8AFWOF
OPN Tray YD295XA8UGAAF
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

Performance

64 bit support
Base frequency 3.10 GHz 3.5 GHz
Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
L1 cache 64K (per core) 1536 KB
L2 cache 1 MB (per core) 8 MB
L3 cache 22 MB (shared) 32 MB
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm 12 nm
Maximum core temperature 85°C 68°C
Maximum frequency 4.40 GHz 4.4 GHz
Number of cores 16 16
Number of QPI Links 0
Number of threads 32 32
Unlocked
Die size 213 mm
Transistor count 9600 million

Memory

Max memory channels 4 4
Maximum memory size 128 GB
Supported memory types DDR4-2666 DDR4
Supported memory frequency 2933 MHz

Compatibility

Max number of CPUs in a configuration 1 1
Sockets supported FCLGA2066 sTR4
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 165 Watt 180 Watt
Thermal Solution PCG 2017X Not included

Peripherals

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

Security & Reliability

Execute Disable Bit (EDB)
Intel® Trusted Execution technology (TXT)

Advanced Technologies

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology
Instruction set extensions Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
Intel 64
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® Hyper-Threading technology
Intel® Optane™ Memory Supported
Intel® Turbo Boost technology
Number of AVX-512 FMA Units 2
AMD SenseMI
The "Zen" Core Architecture

Virtualization

Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
AMD Virtualization (AMD-V™)