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    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X vs Intel Core i7-9700K: Best CPU for Gaming in 2019

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    Intel’s Core i9-9900KS may be the fastest CPU for gaming, but for most of us, it comes down to the Core i7-9700K or the Ryzen 7 3700X. Firstly because the KS is not available in India as of now and the regular 9900K costs 40K+ which is more than what most people are willing to spend on the GPU, let alone the CPU. Both the i7-9700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X cost approximately Rs. 30K, and offer excellent gaming performance, but which one comes out on top. That is what we will find out in this post.

    Testbench

    • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    • GPU: GeForce RTX 2080
    • Motherboard: ASRock Taichi X570
    • Memory: Trident Z Royal 16GB @ 3600MHz
    • PSU: Corsair HX1000i
    • HDD: WD Black 4TB
    • CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K
    • GPU: GeForce RTX 2080
    • Motherboard: MSI Z390 MEG Godlike
    • Memory: Trident Z Royal 16GB @ 3600MHz
    • PSU: Corsair HX1000i
    • HDD: WD Black 4TB

    All the benchmarks were conducted at 1080p using the highest in-game preset.

    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X vs Intel Core i7-9700K Gaming Benchmarks

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    The overall results are as expected. The Intel Core i7-9700K is slightly faster in gaming workloads, but the deltas are quite small for the most part. Moreover, the Ryzen 7 does manage to win in some DirectX12 titles that leverage all its eight cores. Further, the advantage of the Ryzen parts in multi-threaded workloads such as content creation, encoding, and streaming makes them ideal for a versatile setup, rather than one solely for gaming.

    Moving on, we decided to do the CPU focused benchmark in case of Ashes and found out that when the game is CPU bound, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X comes out on top and that too by a notable margin. Even if you try out older DX11 games like Shadow of War and Ghost Recon Wildlands, courtesy of the fat L3 cache, AMD’s 3rd Gen Ryzen chips perform quite admirably. Sure, they’re not exactly on par with Intel’s offerings, but if you’re looking to stream or do some content creation on the side, then the Ryzen 7 makes a strong case.

    As Intel puts it, these are all real-world tests from applications that are used in everyday computing such as compressing, browsing, encoding, streaming, etc:

    And of course Cinebench:

    And there you go, as you can see the Intel chips really take a beating in multi-threaded applications like Cinebench and Indigo, no wonder they’re calling them out as “not real world”. However, the fact is that even in applications like 7-zip, Chrome, Handbrake and gaming, AMD’s performance is mostly better than Intel’s, and by a fat margin.

    Furthermore, I’d like to address Intel’s real-world jargon here. Yes, sure applications like Indigobench and Cinebench are generally used by professionals, but that’s kind of the point. AMD has brought HEDT levels of performance to the consumer market, all the while handily defeating or leveling with the Coffee Lake parts in the mainstream applications. So if you want a processor that performs consistently across all kinds of workloads, get the Ryzen 7, but if you want the best gaming performance and are fine with inferior showings in every other workload. then the Intel chips are your answer.

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    Areej
    I love computer hardware and RPGs, and those two things are what drove me to start TechQuila. Other than that most of my time goes into reading psychology, writing (and reading) dark poetry and playing games. Lead Editor at Techquila and HardwareTimes.com

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    2 Comments

    1. Just curious about the thermals, which one of these two gets hotter ? I believe when its about the overall lifespan of the cpu temperature plays the important role.

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