AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X vs Intel Core i9-9960X

Compare AMD Ryzen Threadripper 64 core CPU vs Intel Core X-series 16 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

97 %
Identical
97 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

48 %
62 %
29% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

116 %
5% slightly better multitasking score
110 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

128 %
9% slightly better heavy workload score
117 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

25,486
78% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score
14,254

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1,215
9% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
1,106

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

64
300% significantly more cores
16

Threads

Number of logical processing units

128
300% significantly more threads
32

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
3 GHz
6% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
4 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

280 W
165 W
69% significantly lower TDP

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

4
Identical
4

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

4,096 KiB
300% significantly more L1 cache
1,024 KiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

256 MiB
1063% significantly more L3 cache
22 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

56th of 1,327
55th of 1,327

Family

The product line

Ryzen Threadripper
Core X-series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

July 2020
November 2018

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4
DDR4-2666

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
Yes

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

-
No

Ryzen Threadripper 3990X vs Core i9-9960X comparison

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i9-9960X performs better than the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X in all gaming tests too.

With info from our database, we find that the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X has significantly more cores with 64 cores whereas the Core i9-9960X has 16 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i9-9960X. With our hardware info, we find that the Core i9-9960X has a slightly higher clock speed than the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. Also, the Core i9-9960X has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Core i9-9960X outputs less heat than Ryzen Threadripper 3990X thanks to a significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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