Once again, AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X 16 core mainstream and Intel's Core i9-10980XE 18 core high-end desktop CPUs have been benchmarked against each other in Geekbench . Both CPUs are targeted to launch later this month.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16 Core vs Intel Core i9-10980XE 18 Core Processor Benchmarks Leak Out – AMD's Mainstream Enough To Tackle Intel's HEDT
AMD officially introduced the Ryzen 9 3950X 16 core mainstream flagship processor yesterday. The processor was launched alongside the 3rd Generation Ryzen Thread Ripper lineup which aims at the HEDT market. The 3rd Gen Ryzen Thread Ripper lineup features 24 core & 32 core CPUs but is expected to go to 64 cores in January 2020.
In the meanwhile, AMD has well-positioned their flagship mainstream, the Ryzen 9 3950X to take on Intel's flagship X299 HEDT CPU, the Core i9-10980XE. In fact, AMD's mainstream lineup as the Ryzen 9 3900X 12 core and Ryzen 9 3950X 16 core offer absolutely amazing value compared to Intel's 10th Gen X-series parts. Not only does the X-series parts come at a higher price point than the cost of the X299 platform alone is a huge factor. AMD's mainstream platform features dual-channel memory support and you can find various X570 motherboards around $ 150 US.
The X299 platform features quad-channel memory support and boards designed to support the new 10th generation chips cost north of $ 250 US. The cooling requirement for both the Ryzen 9 3950X and Intel Core i9-10980XE is similar to AMD recommends using a top-end liquid cooler with their chip. The HEDT Intel chips therefore require very high-end liquid cooling to run at optimal boost clocks.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16 Core CPU Specifications
In terms of specifications, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will feature the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture. There will be three chiplets on the Ryzen 9 interposer which include two Zen 2 this and a single I / O which is based on a 14nm process node. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X wants to be fully enabled, offering 16 cores and 32 threads. This core configuration has never been available on mainstream platforms such as AM4. Even the 12 core, 24 thread Ryzen 9 3900X configuration was not seen on mainstream platforms until AMD launched it, bringing high core counts to HEDT exclusive, down to mainstream users.
In terms of clock speeds, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X runs at a base frequency of 3.5GHz and boosts to a blisteringly almost 4.7 GHz which is the highest for AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processor. Ryzen 9 parts, feature a TDP of 105W. The TDP is based on the base frequency numbers so it will actually be higher when the chip boosts or is manually overclocked by users. Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 9 3950X will feature a soldered design that should help deliver better thermal than TIM.
AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Lineup
Ryzen 5 3500
Ryzen 5 3500X
Ryzen 5 3600 Ryzen 7 3600X
Ryzen 7 3700X
Ryzen 7 3750X
Ryzen 7 3800X
Ryzen 9 3900
Ryzen 9 3900X
Ryzen 9 3950X  cores / threads
8 / 16
4.2 GHz  4.4 GHz
Cache (L2 + L3)  16 MB
70 MB  72 MB
PCIe Lanes (Gen 4 CPU + PCH)
40  40
$ 129 US?
$ 149 US?
$ 199 US
$ 249 US
$ 279 US?
$ 329 US
$ 349 US ?
$ 399 US
$ 449 US?
$ 499 US
$ 749 US
Intel Core i9-10980XE 18 Core CPU Specifications
The Intel Core i9-10980XE wants to be the new flagship HEDT X -series chip, offering 18 cores and 36 threads clocked at 3.0GHz base and a maximum boost clock of 4.6GHz (one core TB 2.0), 4.8GHz (one core TB 3.0) and 3.8GHz all-core boost. The chip would feature 24.75 MB of L3 cache, up to 72 platform PCIe lanes, a TDP of 165W and a price of $ 979 US which is half of what the Core i9-9980 XE used to cost.
The chip is still based 256nm DDR4-2933 memory, Intel Deep Learning Boost, 72 PCIe Gen 3.0 platform lanes, 2.5G Intel Ethernet Controller, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 Gig +) support & unlocked design for overclocking enthusiasts.
Intel 10th Gen Core i9 'Cascade Lake' X-Series CPU Lineup
|CPU Name||Cores / Threads||Base Clock||Single Core Turbo||All Core Turbo||L3 Cache||TDP||Price|
|Intel Core i9-10980XE||18/36||3.0 GHz||4.8 GHz||3.8 GHz  24.75 MB||165W||$ 979|
|Intel Core i9-10940X||14/28||3.3 GHz||4.8 GHz||4.1 GHz||19.25 MB||165W  $ 784|
|Intel Core i9-10920X||12/24||3.5 GHz||4.8 GHz||4.3 GHz||16.50 MB||165W||$ 689|
|Intel Core 3.7 GHz||4.7 GHz||3.8 GHz||13.75 MB||165W||$ 590|
Alright, so let's talk about the benchmarks of both processors , I want to start with the Geekbench 4 benchmark where both processors are against one another in single-core and multi-core optimized workloads. In single-core performance, the Ryzen 9 3950X scores 5570 points versus 5453 points of the Intel Core i9-10980XE. In multi-core performance, while having more cores and threads, the Intel Core i9-10980XE still loses with a score of 51180 points versus 52098 points from the Ryzen 9 3950X. In the single-core and multi-core workload performance breakdown, you can see that AMD is crushing across the board which is impressive for a chip that has fewer cores / threads, a lower boost clock speed, a lower TDP and so comes in at around $ 250 US less.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16 Core vs. Intel Core i9-10980XE 18 Core CPU Geekbench 4 Benchmarks [Credits: Momomo_US] :
We also spotted benchmarks of the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in Geekbench 5. Here, we are comparing the Ryzen 9 3950X with a Core i9-9980XE since we could not find a proper entry for the i9-10980XE here. Once again, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X crushes the Core i9-9980XE, scoring 1363 vs. 1205 points in single-core and 16722 vs. 15823 points in multi-core benchmarks.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16 Core vs Intel Core i9-10980XE 18 Core CPU Geekbench 5 Benchmarks:  It shows that AMD is now super-competitive against Intel's HEDT with its mainstream lineup and the Ryzen Threadripper lineup would like to be at ultra-enthusiasts who want the best. So we got some overclocking numbers for the Ryzen 9 3950X earlier last month which look impressive. Ryzen's mainstream chip which takes on Intel's flagship HEDT lineup later this month.