Trading Computer Processor Comparison

Selecting the Right Processor

The most important decision you'll make is selecting the processor. Just selecting the most expensive processor might not be the right decision.

There are 2 factors to consider when selecting a processor - the single core speed and how many cores it has. Better single thread performance is more important for certain programs such as NinjaTrader 7, ThinkorSwim, etc. Programs such as TradeStation, eSignal or NinjaTrader 8 will benefit from faster multi thread processors.

Intel 9th & 10th Generation Processors

Processor Comparison

Listed below are the best processors we sell in our trading computers.

The Battle for Trading Supremacy

The 9900K and 3950X are the 2 flagship high-end processors offered by Intel and AMD. These are the processors most of our customers are currently configuring their new computer with. We'll go through each category and compare these 2 chips to see who comes out on top.


In all fairness, it would be better to compare AMD's slightly less expensive 3900X in terms of price as both are about equal. But in terms of this matchup we are comparing the 9900K and 3950X, in terms of raw pricing the 9900K will be a less expensive system overall. Not only is the Intel 9900K itself $250 to $300 cheaper but if you also factor in many of the AMD X570 motherboards are more expensive by $50 to $75 than equivalent Intel Z390 boards in terms of features. But in terms of a value proposition per core AMD is the better buy. Per physical CPU core the AMD Ryzen 3950X is less expensive. The 3950X offers large gains in threaded workloads with a price nearly 1/3 less per core then the Intel 9900K.

Winner: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Productivity Performance

Both processors are strong and can pull ahead depending on how they are tested. In applications with smaller numbers of threads, the 3950X falls a bit behind (not by much). The 3950X is a more balanced chip overall and in heavily threaded workloads the 9900K can't even come close.

Winner: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Single Core Performance

Passmark software testing gives a slight advantage to the Intel 9900K. The 9900K has a base speed of 3.6GHz with a Max Turbo of 5.0GHz. The AMD 3950X has a base speed of 3.5GHz and Max Turbo of 4.7GHz. When it comes to gaming performance the 9900K is generally regarded as the better processor and testing in most cases show a slight edge.

Winner: Intel Core i9 9900K

Below are the top processors we sell listed by system model.

Intel Core i9 9900K

Intel Processors:

Trading Computer Models:

Intel Core i5 9600K 3.7GHz (4.6GHz Turbo Boost) 6 Core

Trader 8000 Elite, Trader 8000 Extreme

Intel Core i7 9700K 3.6GHz (4.9GHz Turbo Boost) 8 Core

Trader 8000 Elite, Trader 8000 Extreme

Intel Core i9 9900K 3.6GHz (5.0GHz Turbo Boost) 8 Core, 16 Thread

Trader 8000 Elite, Trader 8000 Extreme, Trader 9000 Elite, Trader 9000 Extreme

AMD Processors

AMD Processors:

Trading Computer Models:

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz - 4.4GHz Max Turbo (6-Core, 12-Thread)

Trader AMD Pro, Trader AMD Elite

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6GHz - 4.4GHz Max Turbo (8-Core, 16-Thread)

Trader AMD Pro, Trader AMD Elite

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz - 4.5GHz Max Turbo (8-Core, 16-Thread)

Trader AMD Pro, Trader AMD Elite, Trader AMD Extreme

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8GHz - 4.6GHz Max Turbo (12-Core, 24-Thread)

Trader AMD Pro, Trader AMD Elite, Trader AMD Extreme

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5GHz - 4.7GHz Max Turbo (16-Core, 32-Thread)

Trader AMD Extreme, Trader AMD Advanced