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Intel Core i9 10900K vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.7 GHz Intel Core i9 10900K with 10-cores against the 3.8 GHz AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X with 24-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 3960X and 10900K
Advantages of Intel Core i9 10900K
  • Consumes up to 55% less energy than the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X – 125 vs 280 Watt
  • More than 32° C higher critical temperature
  • Newer - released 6-months later
  • 18% higher Turbo Boost frequency (5.3 GHz vs 4.5 GHz)
  • Includes an integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X
  • Has 108 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Has 14 more physical cores
  • Around 49.57 GB/s (108%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 14 nanometers
  • Supports up to 256 GB DDR4-3200 RAM
  • Supports quad-channel memory
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)


Full technical specification of Intel Core i9 10900K and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X


Vendor Intel AMD
Released May 1, 2020 November 25, 2019
Launch price 488 USD 1399 USD
Type Desktop Desktop
Codename Comet Lake Zen 2
Model number i9-10900K 3960X
Socket BGA-1200 sTRX4
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics 630 No


Cores 10 24
Threads 20 48
Base Frequency 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 5.3 GHz 4.5 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 37x 38x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s -
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 256K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 20MB (shared) 128MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes


Transistors - 23.5 billions
Fabrication process 14 nm 7 nm
TDP 125 W 280 W
Max. temperature 100°C 68°C


Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630 -
GPU Base Clock 350 MHz -
GPU Boost Clock 1000 MHz -
Shading Units 192 -
TMUs 24 -
ROPs 3 -
Execution Units 24 -
TGP 15 W -
Max. Resolution 4096x2304 - 60 Hz -

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2933 DDR4-3200
Memory Size 128 GB 256 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 4
Max. Memory Bandwidth 45.8 GB/s 95.37 GB/s
ECC Support No Yes


Official site Intel Core i9 10900K official page AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 64

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So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X or Intel Core i9 10900K?