AMD Ryzen 9 3950X vs Intel i9-10980XE – Leaked Firestrike benchmark shows 23% better performance

An unofficial 3Dmark Firestrike benchmark has been posted to the 3Dmark website indicating the performance of the upcoming AMD Ryzen 9 3950X.

With a total score of 29663 and 32082 in the CPU intensive physics score, the CPU managed to achieve a result 23% higher than the Intel equivalent, the i9-10980XE. The Intel Core i9-10980XE, on the other hand, scored 25,838 points in the physics core and 20703 in total.

n terms of specifications, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is based on the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture with two chiplets giving 16 cores and 32 threads in total. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X runs at a base frequency of 3.5 GHz and boosts to a blisteringly fast 4.7 GHz which is the highest for AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series processor. The chip will feature 72 MB of total cache and just like the other Ryzen 9 parts, feature a TDP of 105W. The chip also uses a soldered design which should help provide improved thermals and mitigate the need for deliding (and making such a task extremely difficult).  The processor is scheduled for launch in November for a price of $749 or around £620.

The Intel Core i9-10980XE will be the new flagship HEDT X-series chip, offering 18 cores and 36 threads clocked at 3.0 GHz base and a maximum boost clock of 4.6 GHz (one core TB 2.0), 4.8 GHz (one core TB 3.0) and 3.8 GHz all-core boost. It is actually quite cheap for Intel X-series chips coming in at $979 or around £750. Unlike AMD, Intel is still using the 14nm fabrication process or technically 14nm++ (Cascade Lake-X), this CPU will also only support PCIe3.0 unlike the PCIe4.0 of the AMD counterpart.

With the AMD mainstream Ryzen processors apparently outperforming Intel, things don't look great for Intel at the moment. Next month we will see the launch of the new Zen 2 Threadripper processor which will start out with a 24 core 48 thread option and go all the way up to 64 cores and 128 threads as well as providing a greater number of PCIe lanes compared to Intel and also having them use the superior PCIe4.0 standard.

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