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