An Intel slide that surfaced recently has provided a performance comparison between the flagship Core i9-14900K and AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X3D CPU. These performance benchmarks were revealed in a leaked presentation by HXL, which pits the Core i9-14900K against the Ryzen 9 7950X3D. As both of these processors represent the best offerings from their respective companies, this comparison has generated significant interest ahead of the official launch scheduled for October 16th at 21:00 EST.
Commencing with the performance metrics, the Intel Core i9-14900K Raptor Lake Refresh CPU has undergone comparisons in various games, employing 1080P High settings to ensure the CPU acts as the primary bottleneck. It’s important to note that although the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D is the focus, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D can outperform it in certain games due to its single CCD 3D V-Cache setup, compared to the dual CCDs in the 7950X3D. This distinction necessitates the application’s selection of the better-suited core for the workload.
Regarding the performance figures, the Intel Core i9-14900K CPU outpaced the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D CPU in 14 out of 25 tested titles. The Core i9-14900K exhibited significant performance gains in several titles, including Metro Exodus (+23%), Starfield (+23%), Total War: Warhammer (+22%), Ashes of The Singularity (+15%), and CSGO (+14%). On the other hand, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D outperformed in esports-focused titles like DOTA 2 and Fortnite.
The Intel Core i9-14900K, performing on par with the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D despite having a +200 MHz clock speed advantage, is an enticing prospect. Especially considering that it’s expected to be priced nearly the same as the Core i9-13900K, this means you can enjoy added performance without a premium cost. Both processors are anticipated to be similarly priced (7950X3D & 14900K), so your choice should align with your specific needs. If you currently have an older 12th Gen CPU, upgrading to the 14900K might be a wise move since it can be used on the same socket. On the other hand, the AM5 socket offers long-term PC longevity, supporting future generations of Ryzen CPUs.
The Intel Core i9-14900K CPU is set to hit retail shelves on October 17th, which means we won’t have to wait much longer to witness the actual performance results of the 14th Gen processors.