Best gaming CPU - Intel i9 7960X or AMD Threadripper 1950X

AMD has recently revealed the technical specifications of its latest processor Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. The AMD's 16-core super processor promises to deliver better gaming performance at lower price compared to its rival processors Intel i9 7900X and i9 7960X, which also offer 16 cores and will hit the market at $ 900 more than its competitor.

Specs: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X

Both CPUs have 16 cores and 32 threads. In terms of speed, according to AMD, the processor operates between 3.4 and 4.0 GHz. The Intel Core most similar to the announcement of AMD is the model i9 7900X, which adds ten cores, and has speeds between 3.3 and 4.3 GHz. Speed specs of the 7960X have not yet been revealed by Intel.

The advantage of the AMD processor lies in the CPU's ability to operate with 60 PCIe lines in contrast to the 44 supported on all i9s launched by Intel to date. This is important because it is through PCIe interfaces that the user installs graphic cards, high performance SSDs and other specialized peripherals in cases of computers with more professional application.


At the moment, there are no independent comparisons between the two CPUs, AMD Threadripper 1950X and Intel i9 7900X, that can safely determine which of the two is better. If AMD numbers are realistic, Threadripper has considerable processing advantages by powering multiple cores.

This may be due to a feature created by AMD on Ryzen processors, of which Threadripper is a part: SMB intelligently applies idle portions of the CPU to improve performance in applications that take advantage of multiple processing cores.


Both processors require the consumer to invest in new hardware. At the very least, you will need to purchase a new motherboard: in the case of AMD, unlike the socket AM4 used by all Ryzen, the Threadripper fits into the new TR4 platform. Intel repeats the same approach: the i9, and indeed any Extreme series processor needs an LGA 2066 socket.

Which processor is cheap: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X or Intel i9 7900X / 7960X

Here the advantage of AMD is very large. The announced price of the 1950X is much lower than that charged by Intel on the 7960X, all with a performance outlook that may be even higher than the Intel product in many cases.

An example is support for Optane technology. At present, the drives for these available memory accelerators are targeted at consumers with slower machines and no SSDs, and it is unlikely that anyone will invest heavily in an i9 processor without considering the use of an SSD in the machine, leaving Intel's technology offer quite insignificant.


At first, AMD takes advantage of this aspect because it promises the commercial launch of the new products for the month of August. On the Intel side, the i9 7960X is part of a series of processors that should only be released in October.


AMD has achieved a highly positive cost-benefit balance with its Threadripper processors: high performance, technology and core counting in a package that is considerably cheaper than the similar product offered by Intel.