3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X vs Intel Core i9-10980XE Performance Comparison

AMD just launched the first wave of 3rd Gen Threadripper chips today to tackle Intel’s Cascade Lake parts. Although traditionally Intel’s HEDT lineup has been rather dismal, the present offerings are quite competitive providing a great value for money given the pricing. Please keep in mind that at the time of writing, there are no third-party reviews out, so take this as a preliminary test and not the final verdict. We’ll be comparing the ,399 Threadripper 3960X to the 5 Intel Core i9-10980XE using a set of leaked benchmarks that we have at our disposal. ( Let’s get to it.

Intel Core i9-10980XE AMD Threadripper 3960X
Process 14nm 7nm
Architecture Skylake Zen 2
Cores/Threads 18/36 24/48
Clocks 3/4.6GHz 3.8/4.5GHz
Cache 24.75MB 140MB
TDP 165W 280W

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X vs Intel Core i9-10980XE: Arithmetic

The first benchmark is from the SiSoft database and gives an idea of the arithmetic prowess of the two processors. It basically refers to bitwise and arithmetic operations conducted on integers and gives a good idea of how well a CPU will perform in INT workloads.

The 3960X is roughly 40-45% faster than the 9980XE and it’d be safe to assume that the newer 10980XE will lag behind it by at least 30%. I mean let’s face it, it is a slightly higher clocked 9980XE. So when it comes to INT, you are paying another $400 for a 30-35% gain. Impressive.

AMD TR 3960X vs Intel Core i9-10980XE: TimeSpy Extreme

This one I’m taking from WCCFTech’s recent test. They overclocked the Core i9-9980XE to simulate the performance of the 10980XE and found the following:

And what do you know, the Core i9-10980XE actually manages to beat the new Threadripper, despite essentially being an old CPU on steroids. It tells you a lot about why Intel has so much confidence in the Skylake core. This test was more affected by the clock speeds and so we see the Cascade Lake part edging past. I suspect we’ll be seeing similar results in gaming workloads.

I expect the HEDT space to be arranged similar to the mainstream market, with the Intel parts better at clockspeed dependent workloads while the AMD chips getting ahead in applications that benefit more from a higher thread count. We’ll keep you posted.


Computer hardware enthusiast, PC gamer, and almost an engineer. Former co-founder of Techquila (2017-2019), a fairly successful tech outlet. Been working on Hardware Times since 2019, an outlet dedicated to computer hardware and its applications.
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