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AMD Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Intel Core i9-9900K

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

2019 has been a fantastic year for AMD, with new CPU and graphics card launches that are capturing massive attention from the industry and hardware fans as a whole. I mean it has been such a long time since the CPU space has really had a core war. But that’s not to say it doesn’t have stiff competition on both sides. Its new Ryzen 3000 CPUs go head to head with Intel’s best on price, but how do they compare on performance?

With new hardware in hand, there are great comparisons for us to make throughout the new range of Ryzen chips and at the top end, £400-£500 price, we have the Core i9-9900K versus the Ryzen 9 3900X. Which will it be team red or team blue?

Without a doubt the Ryzen 9 3900X is the most powerful mainstream CPU the company has ever released. Just from first glance at the specs it looks ready to dominate team blue. However lets not forget Intel’s superior single threaded performance and higher core clock. Well lets see how the figures stack against each other.

Intel Core i9 9900K AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Process node14nm7nm
L2/L3 cache2MB/16MB6MB/64MB
Base clock speed3.6GHz3.8GHz
Boost clock speed4.7GHz (all cores) 5GHz (one core)4.6GHz (single core) 4.1GHz+ (all cores)
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630No

So compared to Ryzen 2 this gen see’s more cores and higher overall clock speeds. Not to mention the increased L2/L3 cache in a nice added bonus. So it really comes down to two things, what are you going to be using your PC for?

If you are primarily using your PC for gaming and nothing else then the Intel used to be the place to go, so what about now how does the new Ryzen 9 3900X fare against the best team blue has to offer?

Well we can see looking at the results from Digital Trends  that team red finally had multiple victories over team blue. It outpaced team blue in Fortnite, Civilization VI, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey I mean it isn’t the crushing victory team red were hoping for but it is fantastic progress either way.

What about everything else?

When it comes to productivity we have seen the Ryzen 9 3900X pitted against the 9900K in a variety of tests. In Geekbench and Cinebench the 3900X decimated the 9900K in multithreaded performance, though its reduced clock speed meant it fell just shy of the Intel competition in single-threaded tasks. In the real world Handbrake 4K transcoding test, the 3900X proved almost 25 percent faster than the 9900K. A sizeable advantage delivered by the extra cores/threads of the AMD chip.

What AMD have been doing is bringing more competition into the processor space and it has been a long time coming. Intel has been caught in the perfect storm really, with delays to their 10nm process and AMD hot on there tail with this new line up it will be interesting to see how they will respond.

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