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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X beats pricier Intel Core i9-10980XE and Core i9-9980XE in Geekbench

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X vs. Intel Core i9-10980XE. Look who won. (Image via Geekbench 4)
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X vs. Intel Core i9-10980XE. Look who won. (Image via Geekbench 4)
The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X has been spotted in Geekbench 4 and Geekbench 5, where it handily beat the Intel Core i9-10980XE and Core i9-9980XE, respectively. Considering the 3950X has beat these same CPUs in other benchmarks, it's likely that AMD's latest HEDT monster is more than capable of beating Intel's HEDT offerings.

AMD may have Intel on the ropes in the HEDT ring. New posts in the Geekbench 4 and Geekbench 5 databases show the Ryzen 9 3950X besting the Intel Core i9-10980XE and Core i9-9980XE, both of which have more cores and higher price tags than AMD’s latest HEDT CPU.

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X was spotted on Geekbench 4 by WCCFTech going up against the Intel Core i9-10980XE. AMD won the crown, edging out Intel’s CPU in both the single-core (5570 vs. 5453) and multi-core (52098 vs. 51180) tests. While the single-core test scores are a bit shocking considering the lower price and TDP of the Ryzen 9 chip, the multi-core test is a bigger shock considering the Core i9-10980XE has two more cores and four more threads than the 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X. (It should be noted that the Ryzen 9 3950X was tested in Geekbench 4.4.2, while the Core i9-10980XE was tested in Geekbench 4.3.4.)

A similar post in the Geekbench 5 database showed the Ryzen 9 3950X taking on and defeating the Intel Core i9-9980XE (which the Core i9-10980XE replaces). The Ryzen 9 scored 1363 and 16722 in Geekbench 5’s single- and multi-core tests, respectively. These handily beat the Core i9-9980XE’s scores of 1205 and 15823 in the same tests.

The biggest takeaway here is that the Ryzen 9 3950X is a highly competitive and well-priced piece of silicon. Coupled with other victories scored in other benchmarks, AMD has a HEDT winner on its hands. We’ll have to see how well the Ryzen 9 3950X does in the wild after its release next week, but things are looking good for Team Red.

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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X vs Intel Core i9-10980XE (Geekbench 4)
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X vs Intel Core i9-10980XE (Geekbench 4)
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X vs Intel Core i9-9980XE (Geekbench 5)
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X vs Intel Core i9-9980XE (Geekbench 5)
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Sam Medley, 2019-11- 8 (Update: 2019-11- 9)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.