[SOLVED] Xeon W2140B vs AMD options


May 12, 2015
So, I have a friend who is looking at getting the 2017 iMac Pro with the 8 core processor. After some research, I found that the chip in the system is the Xeon W2140B.

I am attempting to convince him to purchase and build his own windows PC. Regardless of the system, it will be used as a workstation for video editing and music production. With this, the addition of the iMac display is a selling point. Still, the main topic of this question is the processor.

After looking at a few benchmarks, it appears that the 3900x beat the Xeon in most rendering processes, however, I would like to ensure that this is the case.

In the end, I would like to provide my friend with a counter windows build that can perform greater than the iMac, with the added selling point of an easier upgrade path.

If anybody has any CPU suggestions for this build that I did not mention those suggestions would be much appreciated. The budget for the system is capped at $5,000 and with a windows machine that will need to include the price of a monitor.

Thank you all for any help in advance!

Link to the 2017 iMac


Apr 30, 2020
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU | AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor | $719.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler | Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler | $48.99 @ Amazon
Thermal Compound | Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut 1g 1 g Thermal Paste | $6.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula ATX AM4 Motherboard | $649.99 @ Amazon
Memory | G.Skill Trident Z Neo 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | $369.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $179.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Seagate IronWolf Pro 16 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $499.99 @ Amazon
Video Card | EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card | $1587.85 @ Amazon
Case | Cooler Master MasterCase H500 ATX Mid Tower Case | $181.93 @ Amazon
Power Supply | SeaSonic PRIME Ultra Titanium 750 W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $279.00 @ Amazon
Monitor | Samsung C32HG70 31.5" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor | $529.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $5054.70