AMD vs Intel Workstation Computers

amd vs intel

Intel and AMD have been going back and forth in the workstation PC market over the last few years. Each company offers a wide range of capable processors for workstation duty, but which is the best?

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Intel Workstation CPU Line

  • Intel Core i9-9820X
  • Intel Core i9-9800X
  • Intel Core i9-9900X
  • Intel Core i9-9920X
  • Intel Core i9-9960X
  • Intel Core i9-9980XE
  • Intel Core i9-9940X
  • Intel Core i9-7960X
  • Intel Core i9-7980XE
  • Intel Core i9-7940X
  • Intel Core i9-7920X
  • Intel Core i9-7900X
  • Intel Core i9-7820X
  • Intel Core i9-7800X

Intel’s current line of Workstation CPU’s in 2019 looks to offer maximum performance per core, at maximum prices. They offer processors ranging from 6 to 18 cores with full hyperthreading support.

All that power comes at a price, then top end Intel i9-9980XE comes in at $1,799.99. That certainly isn’t cheap, especially when compared to competing AMD Threadripper CPU’s.

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AMD Workstation CPU Line

  • Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 1920X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 1900X

Intel CPU’s still maintain a slight edge when it comes to instructions per clock. However, Ryzen tackles this by offering significantly more cores, for way less money.

The top end AMD workstation CPU, the Threadripper 2990WX offers 32 cores with hyperthreading for $1699.99. That is 16 extra physical cores for $100 less dollars than Intel’s most powerful chip.

This type of value can be found up and down AMD’s line when compared to Intel’s workstation chips. At each intel price point you can find a Threadripper part offering more cores and similar clock speeds.

Choosing the CPU for You

Note: Intel also offers Xeon processors with ECC RDIMM memory support

For most users, the AMD price to performance ratio will make it the best choice. However, if core count is not as important to you as clock speed or IPC, the intel line is still king in the department.

If your workload still benefits from high single core speeds, Intel is definitely worth a look. For mixed multi core workloads AMD simply offers a better value.

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Charlie O'Donnell

Charlie has been a member of Velocity Micro's team since 2018. He has a love for both graphic design and PC gaming.

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