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    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X vs Intel Core i9-10980XE: HEDT Showdown

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    AMD just launched the first wave of 3rd Gen Threadripper chips today to compete with Intel’s Cascade Lake lineup. Although traditionally Intel’s HEDT lineup has been quite disappointing, the present offerings are very competitive, providing a great value for money at the set pricing. Please keep in mind that at the time of writing, there are no third-party reviews out, so take this as a preliminary test and not the final verdict. We’ll be comparing the $1,399 Threadripper 3960X to the $965 Intel Core i9-10980XE using a set of leaked benchmarks that we have at our disposal.

    Intel Core i9-10980XEAMD Threadripper 3960X
    ArchitectureSkylakeZen 2

    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X vs Intel Core i9-10980XE: Arithmetic

    The first benchmark is from the SiSoft database and gives an idea of the arithmetic prowess of the two processors.

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    The Threadripper 3960X is roughly 40-45% faster than the Intel i9-9980XE here and it’d be safe to assume that the newer 10980XE will also be at least 30% slower. After all, it is a slightly overclocked 9980XE.

    AMD TR 3960X vs Intel Core i9-10980XE: TimeSpy Extreme

    WCCFTech overclocked the Core i9-9980XE to simulate the performance of the 10980XE and got the following results:


    Here the Core i9-10980XE actually manages to beat the new Threadripper. It tells you a lot about why Intel hasn’t ditched the Skylake core and how mature their 14nm node really is. I suspect we’ll be seeing similar results in gaming workloads.

    Like the mainstream market, the HEDT space seems to be seeing similar results with the Intel parts performing better at clockspeed dependent workloads while the AMD chips charging ahead in applications that benefit more from a higher thread count.

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