Apple M1 Max vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X

We compared two CPUs: the 3.2 GHz Apple M1 Max (laptop) with 10-cores against the 2.9 GHz AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X (desktop) with 64-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 3990X and Max
Advantages of Apple M1 Max
  • Around 314.23 GB/s (329%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • Newer - released 2-years and 4-months later
  • More modern manufacturing process – 5 versus 7 nanometers
  • 40% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1785 vs 1277 points
  • Includes an integrated GPU Apple M1 Max GPU (32-core)
Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X
  • Has 54 more physical cores
  • Supports up to 256 GB DDR4-3200 RAM
  • Unlocked multiplier


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 Apple M1 Max and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X


Vendor Apple AMD
Released May 7, 2022 January 10, 2020
Type Laptop Desktop
instruction set ARMv8 x86-64
Codename Apple M1 -
Integrated GPU Apple M1 Max GPU (32-core) No


Performance Cores
P-Cores 8 64
P-Threads 8 128
Base Frequency (P) 3.2 GHz 2.9 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) - 4.3 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 2 -
E-Threads 2 -
Base Frequency (E) 2.1 GHz -
Total Cores 10 64
Total Threads 10 128
Bus Frequency - 100 MHz
Multiplier - 29x
L1 Cache 192K (per core) 96K (per core)
L2 Cache 24MB (shared) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache - 128MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes


Transistors 57 billions 19.2 billions
Fabrication process 5 nm 7 nm
Socket Apple M-Socket sTRX4
TDP 30 W 280 W
Peak temperature - 95°C


Integrated Graphics Apple M1 Max GPU (32-core) -
GPU Base Clock 450 MHz -
GPU Boost Clock 1296 MHz -
Shading Units 4096 -
TMUs 256 -
ROPs 128 -
TGP 60 W -
Max. Resolution 6016x3384 - 60 Hz -

Memory Support

Memory types LPDDR5-6400 DDR4-3200
Memory Size 64 GB 256 GB
Max. Memory Channels 8 4
Max. Memory Bandwidth 409.6 GB/s 95.37 GB/s
ECC Support No Yes


Official site - AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X official page
PCI Express Version - 4.0
PCI Express Lanes - 64

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So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X or Apple M1 Max?
Anon 10 July 2022 09:14
It's very hard to compare both CPUs as the main concern about threadripper is its high amount of accessible cores. However, a lot of applications still cannot use more than 8 cores at the same time so I think I would settle with M1 because of its higher single-core performance and the fact there are still 10 cores integrated into this CPU.
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Leo 25 January 2022 18:05
30 watt vs 250watt+ and overall M1 win?? *throws threadripper
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