Intel’s 18-core, 36-thread Core i9-9980XE appears to be no match for AMD’s 16-core, 32-thread flagship Ryzen CPU.
The Ryzen 9 3950X managed a single-core score of 5868 and multi-core score of 61072 in a leaked Geekbench test result. That’s significantly higher than the Core i9-9980XE’s single-core score of 5395 and multi-core score of 46618.
This is rather amusing, being that Intel’s part costs $2,000 and AMD’s costs $750.
Granted, we don’t know the full story here and under which conditions the AMD CPU was tested. Geekbench shows the chip as having a 3.3 GHz base clock speed and a 4.3 GHz turbo clock speed, which may point to this chip being an engineering sample. That means that the Ryzen 9 3950X could show even better performance in the fall, as AMD advertised a 3.5-GHz base clock speed and a 4.7-GHz boosted clock speed for the chip.