AMD’s top-of-the-line processor isn’t even out yet. We’re used to seeing benchmarks precede a major chip release, but it’s pretty rare to see one high-performance part so seriously outpace its competition.

Especially when it’s two CPUs working together against one!

The AMD Threadripper 3990X, a 64-core 128-thread monster releasing later this year for $3990, was spotted by on the SiSoftware Sandra database. Not only that, in a comparison between the upcoming CPU and Intel’s current king of processing (the Xeon Platinum 8280), the Threadripper not only comes out on top but has a pretty decent performance margin to boot. Even with two Xeon’s working in conjunction, the 3990X boasts more throughput thanks to the sheer number of cores and threads, and the higher clock speed.

Sure, you might suggest that the Xeon 8280 is a server chip and doesn’t boast the same sort of performance than, say, the upcoming i9-10900K, or some of Intel’s available gaming-grade CPUs. That’s a fair argument, but the 8280 is still a Cascade Lake chip, meaning the architecture and expected performance is very similar. And unlike the current top-performing i9-9980XE, which is still incredible with 16 cores, 32 threads, and a nearly 25MB cache, the 8280 has 28 cores, 56 threads, and a 38.5MB cache. The difference between the two intel chips is also $8000; the 8280 sells for about 10 grand.

Yet two 8280s running in tandem — amounting to roughly $20,000 in CPU alone — are slightly outclassed by a single 3990X. At less than a quarter of the cost AMD is running circles around Intel, both in brute performance strength and capacity, let alone cost. Check out HotHardware’s deeper dive into the analysis of the benchmarks to learn more.

However… Maybe, just maybe, the new AMD Threadripper chip stack is too rich for your blood. In this case, we highly suggest taking a good look at the Ryzen 9 3950X. It’s no slouch at 16-cores and 32-threads with support for superfast PCIe 4.0.