AMD Ryzen 9 3900X vs Intel Core i7-4790

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Socket AM4DESKTOP
3800 MHz / Cores: 12 / Dec 2019
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Intel Core i7-4790
Intel Socket 1150DESKTOP
3500 MHz / Cores: 4 / May 2014
Intel Core i7-4790

Summary

Synthetic performance index

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
    271%
  • Intel Core i7-4790
    100%

Relative performance

Single thread performance index

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
    130%
  • Intel Core i7-4790
    100%

Relative performance

Multi thread performance index

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
    412%
  • Intel Core i7-4790
    100%

Relative performance

Reasons to consider AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Much higher single threaded performance (around 30% higher), makes a noticeable performance difference in gaming and the majority of applications.
Much higher multi threaded performance (around 312% higher). This allows for higher performance in professional applications like encoding or heavy multitasking.
This is a newer product, it might have better application compatibility/performance (check features chart below).
Around 171% higher average synthetic performance.

Reasons to consider Intel Core i7-4790

41 watts lower power draw.
Has an integrated GPU, which allows to run the system without a dedicated graphics card, unlike the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Gaming

HWBench recommends AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Based on game and synthetic benchmarks, and theoretical specifications.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Productivity

HWBench recommends AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Based on productivity benchmarks, overall multithreaded performance and theoretical specifications.


Specifications

Features

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XIntel Core i7-4790
MMX
SSE
SSE2
SSE3
SSSE3
SSE4A
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AES
AVX
AVX2
BMI1
BMI2
SHA
F16C
FMA3
AMD64
EVP
AMD-V
SMAP
SMEP
SMT
Precision Boost 2
XFR 2
EIST
Intel 64
XD bit
VT-x
VT-d
HTT
AES-NI
TSX
TXT
CLMUL
vPro
Boost 2.0

Architecture

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XIntel Core i7-4790
ArchitectureAMD_Zen_2vsIntel_Haswell
MarketDesktopvsDesktop
Memory SupportDDR4vsDDR3
CodenameZen 2vsHaswell
Release DateDec 2019vsMay 2014

Cores

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XIntel Core i7-4790
Cores12vs4
Threads24vs8
SMPs1vs1
Integrated GraphicsNovsIntel HD 4600

Cache

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XIntel Core i7-4790
L1 Cache96K (per core)vs64 KB (per core)
L2 Cache512K (per core)vs256 KB (per core)
L3 Cache64MBvs8192 KB (shared)

Physical

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XIntel Core i7-4790
SocketAMD Socket AM4vsIntel Socket 1150
Max Case Tempunknownvs72°C
Packagevs
Die Sizeunknownvs177mm²
Process7 nmvs22 nm

Performance

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XIntel Core i7-4790
Cpu Frequency3800 MHzvs3500 MHz
Turbo Clock Speed4600 MHzvs3900 MHz
Base Clock100 MHzvs100 MHz
Voltagevariablevsunknown
TDP125 Wvs84 W

Raw performance index

Raw single-thread performance estimation

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
    5060 points
  • Intel Core i7-4790
    4368 points

Points - higher is better

Raw multi-thread performance estimation

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
    61195 points
  • Intel Core i7-4790
    18816 points

Points - higher is better

Synthetic benchmarks

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
    3159
  • Intel Core i7-4790
    765

points - higher is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
    206
  • Intel Core i7-4790
    158

points - higher is better