Right now all of the hype around AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series is real and we would say if you are building a new computer do go that route. It just makes more sense, especially if you are doing more than just gaming. Intel sort of brushed off AMD when they first released their Ryzen processors and only recently have admitted the impact that AMD has made on the CPU industry. At Gamescom this year Intel has started a new campaign against AMD to point out that Intel’s CPUs perform better with “real world benchmarks” and they back that claim up.
“A year ago when we introduced the i9 9900K,” says Intel’s Troy Severson, “it was dubbed the fastest gaming CPU in the world. And I can honestly say nothing’s changed. It’s still the fastest gaming CPU in the world. I think you’ve heard a lot of press from the competition recently, but when we go out and actually do the real-world testing, not the synthetic benchmarks, but doing real-world testing of how these games perform on our platform, we stack the 9900K against the Ryzen 9 3900X. They’re running a 12-core part and we’re running an eight-core,” he adds. “I’ll be very honest, very blunt, say, hey, they’ve done a great job closing the gap, but we still have the highest performing CPUs in the industry for gaming, and we’re going to maintain that edge.”
Intel tries to convey that while AMD wins at synthetic workloads, their CPUs win in real world usage scenarios in applications like Microsoft Office, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and more. Intel also makes the point that their processors perform better in gaming, where they show the Core i7-9700K “is on par or better” than the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X across many games tested.
In our own testing we can tell you that yes, Intel processors do give you better performance in games, but as far as productivity and what we tested AMD is the clear winner.
What do you guys think? Which processor would you use to build your next PC?