AMD EPYC 73F3 vs Intel Core i9-10980XE

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AMD EPYC 73F3 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i9-10980XE
AMD EPYC 73F3 Intel Core i9-10980XE

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the AMD EPYC 73F3 and the Intel Core i9-10980XE and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the AMD EPYC 73F3 16 core processor released in Q1/2021 with the Intel Core i9-10980XE which has 18 CPU cores and was introduced in Q4/2019.
AMD EPYC (129) Family Intel Core i9 (78)
AMD EPYC 7003 (29) CPU group Intel Core i 10000X (4)
3 Generation 10
Milan (Zen 3) Architecture Cascade Lake
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor Intel Core i9-9980XE
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The AMD EPYC 73F3 is a 16 core processor with a clock frequency of 3.50 GHz (4.00 GHz). The processor can compute 32 threads at the same time. The Intel Core i9-10980XE clocks with 3.00 GHz (4.80 GHz), has 18 CPU cores and can calculate 36 threads in parallel.

AMD EPYC 73F3 Characteristic Intel Core i9-10980XE
16 Cores 18
32 Threads 36
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? Yes
3.50 GHz Frequency 3.00 GHz
4.00 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 4.80 GHz
3.80 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 4.30 GHz

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

AMD EPYC 73F3 Characteristic Intel Core i9-10980XE
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

no iGPU GPU no iGPU
GPU frequency --
-- GPU (Turbo) --
-- GPU Generation --
Technology
Max. displays
-- Compute units --
-- Shader --
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
-- Max. GPU Memory --
-- DirectX Version --

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

no iGPU GPU no iGPU
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
No Codec h264 No
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
No Codec AVC No
No Codec VC-1 No
No Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIe

Up to 4096 GB of memory in a maximum of 8 memory channels is supported by the AMD EPYC 73F3, while the Intel Core i9-10980XE supports a maximum of 256 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 93.8 GB/s enabled.

AMD EPYC 73F3 Characteristic Intel Core i9-10980XE
DDR4-3200 Memory DDR4-2933
4096 GB Max. Memory 256 GB
8 (Octa Channel) Memory channels 4 (Quad Channel)
204.8 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 93.8 GB/s
Yes ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
256.00 MB L3 Cache 24.75 MB
4.0 PCIe version 3.0
128 PCIe lanes 48
252.0 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 47.3 GB/s

Thermal Management

The AMD EPYC 73F3 has a TDP of 240 W. The TDP of the Intel Core i9-10980XE is 165 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

AMD EPYC 73F3 Characteristic Intel Core i9-10980XE
240 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 165 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
225 W TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. 86 °C

Technical details

The AMD EPYC 73F3 has 256.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 7 nm. The cache of Intel Core i9-10980XE is at 24.75 MB. The processor is manufactured in 14 nm.

AMD EPYC 73F3 Characteristic Intel Core i9-10980XE
7 nm Technology 14 nm
Chiplet Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, AVX-512
SP3 Socket LGA 2066
AMD-V, SVM Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q1/2021 Release date Q4/2019
3521 $ Release price 979 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 1 CPU benchmarks
AMD EPYC 73F3 (100%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE (82%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
AMD EPYC 73F3 (100%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE (74%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 4.00 GHz
1434 (100%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.80 GHz
1174 (82%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 3.80 GHz
21125 (100%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.30 GHz
15841 (75%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 3.80 GHz
46081 (100%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.30 GHz
33095 (72%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.80 GHz
1191 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.30 GHz
24309 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.80 GHz
1573 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.30 GHz
11836 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.80 GHz
480 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.30 GHz
8848 (100%)

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.30 GHz
74.9 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 3.00 GHz
9733 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.80 GHz
211 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD EPYC 73F3 AMD EPYC 73F3
16C 32T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-10980XE Intel Core i9-10980XE
18C 36T @ 4.30 GHz
3800 (100%)

Devices using this processor

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