AMD Threadripper versus Intel I9

I am trying to decide between an AMD Threadripper 2290WX Versus Intel i9-9980XE. Which one do you prefer if you are a Graphics or Web Professional?

Guys, the latest and greatest technology (as I am shopping around for a new computer) is the AMD Threadripper and the Intel i9. According to, the Intel processor has met its match in the new lineup of AMD Processors, including the announcement of the Ryzen 1920, which includes 12 cores and 24 threads. The almost unbelievable support of DDR4 RAM means that this new processor can handle up to 1TB of RAM. WHAT?! That is unfathomable, when looking at the past recent years of technology evolution that have never yielded this incredible power.

What does the AMD Threadripper have that Intel does not?

Intel is, without question, a reliable processor with a strong following, however, AMD is finally giving Intel some fierce competition. Ah! The power of free enterprise and competitive edge. When companies compete for the best, the consumer certainly wins, and with the Intel i9-9980XE and the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX, we have REALLY scored.

Here’s how these processors compare (Please note: These Processors are designed for creators and innovators of technology, gaming, design or media. They are both made for Desktop Platforms.):

ComparisonsIntel i9-9980XEAMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990wx
Processor Base Frequency3.0 GHz3.0 GHz
Max Boost Clock / Turbo Frequency4.40GHz4.2GHz
L3 Cache 24.75 MB SmartCache 64MB
Memory ControllerQuad-ChannelQuad-Channel
Unlocked MultiplierYesYes
PCIe Lanes 4464 (Four to the Chipset)
Max Temperatures84°C 68°C

How to decide on a Processor?

Now that we compared the two most popular processors for creators and innovators, let’s review what I am looking at when I purchase my next computer. First, the cores and threads are important to me because I am a multitasker. At any given time, I could be running a resource hogging program (such as Photoshop or Premiere Pro) so cores matter. The way a processor core handles programs is to fit it into a CPU Core, but as technology has evolved, programs are using more processes than a single core can handle. Hyperthreading allows a program with many processes to run effectively in one single core, keeping speed and efficiency in mind for the multitasker like me.

The second thing I consider is the build out. If I have an i9-9980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX , my graphics card will likely be the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or better. Next I will consider Caching. Processor Cache is a fast memory bank that the computer can use to keep up its performance. Cache is typically 1/10th of the Random Access Memory (RAM) so cache can dictate a more powerful and effective computer to me. While the gigahertz (GHz) are important to me, I am more concerned with the GHz overall performance and how quickly I am able to amp up the performance and how easy it is to overclock when I need to.

The last important things I consider in my purchasing of a processor, whether for a laptop or desktop, is the price point and maximum temperature and what will be needed to create a safe environment to safeguard my components. Both the i9-9980XE and the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX are processors with a lot of power, thus, they are both prone to overheating. I see that the i9-9980XE has a higher max temperature, but based on the specs, I would opt for advance cooling technologies on either processor to be safe. I feel like the prices of buying my components or setup are going to be comparable so pricing isn’t deviating enough to settle.

So who wins for me?

While I believe both processors are highly effective, the AMD Threadripper 2990WX wins my vote. As a graphic and video creator, using programs that hog resources, I need a larger quantity of peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) lanes for heavy bandwidth-intensive use. I see prices as being comparable, but the i9-9980XE is less expensive and not a bad option, but I would rather invest in technology that is rapidly stepping up its game. That being said, I used to despise AMD processors because I found them to be less reliable and unable to handle computing. The choice to switch my point-of-view is heavily ingrained in my belief that AMD really took the hits from the past and came back into the market with their A-Game turned up. The AMD Threadripper technology is now the first thing I think of when I assess powerful machines capable of handling the demands of the future web, graphic and marketing professionals.

Some Computers for you to purchase using the i9-9980XE:

Some Computers for you to purchase using the AMD Threadripper 2290WX: