AMD Ryzen 9 5900 vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X

Compare AMD Ryzen 9 Desktop 12 core CPU vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 24 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

142 %
145 %
2% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

108 %
24% slightly better gaming score
87 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

156 %
167 %
7% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

164 %
181 %
10% slightly better heavy workload score

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Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

12
24
100% significantly more cores

Threads

Number of logical processing units

24
48
100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
4 GHz
26% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
4% slightly higher turbo speed
5 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
330% significantly lower TDP
280 W

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

768 KiB
1,536 KiB
100% significantly more L1 cache

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

6 MiB
12 MiB
100% significantly more L2 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

64 MiB
128 MiB
100% significantly more L3 cache

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

7th of 1,326
3rd of 1,326

Family

The product line

Ryzen 9 Desktop
Ryzen Threadripper

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

December 2021
November 2019

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4
DDR4

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
Yes

Ryzen 9 5900 vs Ryzen Threadripper 3960X comparison

In our benchmarks, the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X beats the Ryzen 9 5900 in overall performance. Despite this, the Ryzen 9 5900 has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that Ryzen Threadripper 3960X has significantly more cores with 12 compared to the Ryzen 9 5900 that has 24. It also has more threads than the Ryzen 9 5900.

Our database shows that the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X has a slightly higher clock speed than the Ryzen 9 5900. Despite this, the Ryzen 9 5900 has a slightly higher turbo speed.

A Ryzen 9 5900 CPU outputs less heat than a Ryzen Threadripper 3960X CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

In terms of cache, the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X has significantly more L2 cache when compared to the Ryzen 9 5900. The Ryzen Threadripper 3960X also has significantly more L3 cache.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X over the Ryzen 9 5900.

CPU comparison

Use the table to the left to compare both the Ryzen 9 5900 and the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Ryzen 9 5900 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.

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