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Intel Core i9 7980XE vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 2.6 GHz Intel Core i9 7980XE with 18-cores against the 3.4 GHz AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X with 16-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

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General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
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Power Consumption
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NanoReview Final Score
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between 1950X and
Advantages of Intel Core i9 7980XE
  • More than 26 °C higher critical temperature
  • Consumes up to 8% less energy than the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X – 165 vs 180 Watt
  • Has 2 physical cores more than the 1950X
  • 5% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.2 GHz vs 4 GHz)
Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
  • Supports up to 2048 GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • Has 7 MB larger L3 cache size


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 7980XE and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X


Vendor Intel AMD
Released September 25, 2017 August 10, 2017
Launch price - 999 USD
Type Desktop Desktop
Codename Skylake Zen
Model number i9-7980XE -
Socket LGA-2066 sTR4
Integrated GPU No No


Cores 18 16
Threads 36 32
Base Frequency 2.6 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.2 GHz 4 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 26x 34x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s -
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 96K (per core)
L2 Cache 1MB (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 25MB (shared) 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes


Transistors - 9.6 billions
Fabrication Process 14 nm 14 nm
TDP 165 W 180 W
Max. temperature 94°C 68°C

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666
Memory Size 128 GB 2048 GB
Max. Memory Channels 4 4
Max. Memory Bandwidth 79.47 GB/s 79.47 GB/s
EEC Support No Yes


Official site Intel Core i9 7980XE official page AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 44 60
Instruction Set SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2, AVX-512 -

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