Ryzen 9 3900X / 3950X vs. Core i9 10900K in 380+ Standard

After our initial Core i5 10600K and Core i9 10900K Linux benchmarks last week, here’s a much larger comparison I’ve been working on since looking specifically at the Ryzen 9 3900X and 3950X versus the Core i9 10900K. It’s the largest to date with nearly 400 benchmark standards being tested, most of which are real-world test cases.

The number of past days I’ve been running Core i9 10900K vs Ryzen 9 3900X vs Ryzen 9 3950X compared to 381 benchmarks from 138 distinct applications/workloads on both platforms. With this round of benchmark tests, the Gigabyte Z490 AORUS MASTER and ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII HERO were gaming with 2 x 8GB DDR4-3600 Corsair memory, a Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSD, and Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics. Benchmarking ran from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS while upgrading to Linux 5.7 Git kernel to get the latest kernel bits. All other Ubuntu 20.04 packages were at their respective defaults.

The Core i9 10900K as a reminder is the Comet Lake 10 core/20 thread part with a base frequency of 3.7GHz and clock frequencies of up to 5.3GHz via Turbo Boost. The i9-10900K has a 125W TDP and 20MB cache. The Core i9 10900K is currently selling for just under $500 USD.

The Ryzen 9 3900X as AMD’s current closest competitor to the i9-10900K has 12 cores/24 threads, a 3.8GHz base frequency, a 4.6GHz boost clock, 64MB L3 cache, and a 105W TDP. Currently, the Ryzen 9 3900X can be found for around $420.

Meanwhile, AMD’s top-of-the-line (non-Threadripper) Ryzen 9 3950X desktop processor has sixteen cores / 32 threads, a slightly lower base clock of 3.5 GHz, boost clock of up to 4.7 GHz, and a cache of 64 MB L3 byte, and 105 Watt TDP. This 16c/32t processor is currently selling for around $710.

All premium test profiles tested included the three latest, next-generation processors:

7-Zip compression
– ACES DGEMM
– AOBench
– AOM AV1
– spill
– Aircrack-ng
Multi-network algebraic standard
Apple seeds
– BLAKE2
– BRL-CAD
Basemark GPU
– pess universal
– blender
Bork File Encrypter
– Bhutan
– Building 2
– Bullet physics engine
– C-Blosk
– C Ray
– CP2K Molecular Dynamics
– CacheBench
– basic latency
– Coremark
– Capuminier Opti
– cipher++
Cython standard
– DaCapo . standard
– DeepSpeech
– ET: Legacy
– Accept
– FFTW
– FFmpeg
– FLAC audio codec
– Facebook RocksDB
– Forest
– G’MIC
– Jijel
– GIMP
– Gromax
– silly person
– GnuPG
– Go standards
– Magic graphics
– Gzip . compression
– Hackbench
Hierarchical integration
– High performance conjugate gradient
– Himeno Standard
– IOR
– IPC_benchmark
– IndigoBench
– Intel Open Image Denoise
– Build Java Gradle
– Java SciMark
– John the Ripper
– Lame MP3 encoder
– Lulish
– LeelaChessZero
– LibreOffice
– LuxCoreRender
– continued
– Mlpack Standard
– Multiphase indicator chaser
– N-Queens
– NAMD
Parallel NAS Standards
– NWChem
– NeatBench
– Nebular empirical analysis tool
– Nettle plant
– Numenta Anomaly Benchmark
– Numpy Benchmark
– OSBench
– OpenSSL
– OpenVKL
– carrot
– Paraview
– BZIP2 Parallel Compression
– boil
– Pennant
– Perl Standards
– PlaidML
– Fortran polyhedron scales
– Presev
– PyBench
– PyPerformance أداء
The standard of brilliance
– RawTherapee
– Redis
– Renaissance
– Rodinia
– Skilled Speedtest
– Skeet Learn
– Selenium
– Smallbit
– SUCKPERF
Stockfish
Stress-NG
– sweet
– Sysbench
– TSCP
– TTSIOD 3D Renderer
– takyon
– Taserket
– Apache timed compilation
– FFmpeg compilation timing
– Gulf timed assembly
– GDB GNU Debugger Compilation Timing
– HMMer . search timer
– Timed ImageMagick compilation
– Timed LLVM compilation
– Timed Linux kernel compilation
– Timed MPlayer compilation
– Timed Marby’s Analysis
– PHP Timed Compilation
– Tungsten viewer
– Unigin Paradise
– Unigine Overlay
– Unigine Valley
– VP9 libvpx codec
– Compress XZ
– Xonotic
– Xsbench
– yafri
Zstd . compression
– asmFish
– ctx_clock
– dav1d
– hum
– libgav1
– libjpeg-turbo tjbench
– lzbench
– m queens
– oneDNN MKL-DNN
– 1 bench rays
– Fractal generator
– x264
– x265

Among those various tests and options exposed, 381 different test cases were evaluated on these three Intel/AMD processors under Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux. The open source Phoronix Test Suite software has been used to facilitate all these parameters in a fully automated, transparent, repeatable, and statistically accurate manner.

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