The Intel Core i9-9900KF processor is currently selling on Newegg for a price of $420. This is a notable 16% discount on the original price of $500. The 8 core, 16 thread Coffee Lake processor has a base speed of 3.6 GHz and a turbo speed of 5.0 GHz.
The F in the name refers to the lack of an integrated graphics processor which means it requires a discrete GPU to function. The processor is unlocked and ready to be overclocked. The card makes use of Intel’s Optane memory, which helps you accelerate the computer’s responsiveness, reducing those pesky load screens. It supports up to 40 PCIe lanes and the 300 series chipset.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X currently sells for $582 on Amazon, up from $499 due to shortages. This makes $420 Intel Core i9-9900KF the better option, at least for the time being. It’s a suitable option for people looking to game at higher frame rates or simply someone building a high-end rig and looking for the best gaming processor, period.