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Intel Core i9 9900K vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.6 GHz Intel Core i9 9900K with 8-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.

NanoReview Review

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 Consumption
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 1950X and 9900K
Advantages of Intel Core i9 9900K
  • Consumes up to 47% less energy than the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X – 95 vs 180 Watt
  • Newer - released 1 year and 2 months later
  • More than 32 °C higher critical temperature
  • 25% higher Turbo Boost frequency (5 GHz vs 4 GHz)
  • Includes an integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
  • Supports up to 2048 GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • Has 8 physical cores more than the 9900K
  • Has 16 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Supports quad-channel memory
  • Around 37.87 GB/s (91%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth


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 9900K and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X


Vendor Intel AMD
Released October 8, 2018 August 10, 2017
Launch price 499 USD 999 USD
Type Desktop Desktop
Codename Coffee Lake Zen
Model number i9-9900K -
Socket LGA-1151 sTR4
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630 No


Cores 8 16
Threads 16 32
Base Frequency 3.6 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 5 GHz 4 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 36x 34x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s -
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 96K (per core)
L2 Cache 256K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 16MB (shared) 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes


Transistors - 9.6 billions
Fabrication Process 14 nm 14 nm
TDP 95 W 180 W
Max. temperature 100°C 68°C

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666
Memory Size 128 GB 2048 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 4
Max. Memory Bandwidth 41.6 GB/s 79.47 GB/s
EEC Support No Yes


Official site Intel Core i9 9900K official page AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 60
Instruction Set SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2 -

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So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X or Intel Core i9 9900K?