AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X vs Ryzen 5 3600X

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.5 GHz AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X with 16-cores against the 3.8 GHz Ryzen 5 3600X with 6-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 3600X and 2950X
Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
  • Supports up to 2048 GB DDR4-2933 RAM
  • Has 10 more physical cores
  • Supports quad-channel memory
  • Around 39.74 GB/s (83%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
  • Consumes up to 47% less energy than the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X – 95 vs 180 Watt
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 12 nanometers
  • More than 27° C higher critical temperature
  • Newer - released 10-months later
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
  • 16% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1325 vs 1138 points


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
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Full technical specification of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and Ryzen 5 3600X


Vendor AMD AMD
Released August 31, 2018 July 7, 2019
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Zen+ Zen 2
Socket sTR4 AM4
Integrated GPU No No


Cores 16 6
Threads 32 12
Base Frequency 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.4 GHz 4.4 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 35x 38x
L1 Cache 96K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 512K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 32MB (shared) 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes


Transistors 9.6 billions 3.8 billions
Fabrication process 12 nm 7 nm
TDP 180 W 95 W
Max. temperature 68°C 95°C

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2933 DDR4-3200
Memory Size 2048 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 4 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 87.42 GB/s 47.68 GB/s
ECC Support Yes Yes


Official site AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X official page AMD Ryzen 5 3600X official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 60 16

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