If you go a few years back a majority of us wouldn’t have imagined that AMD would be giving Intel a run for its money. Since the launch of Ryzen CPUs, “AMD Vs Intel” debate has only accelerated.
Ryzen CPUs were the first product from AMD in years that actually challenged Intel CPU in terms of performance and price. Since then, AMD has continued its streak, has even captured entire markets in some regions and might even become the market leader in coming years.
Now that both AMD and Intel have revealed their products at Computex 2019 it’s time again to have that AMD Vs Intel debate and see who won the Computex 2019.
AMD vs Intel
The rules of the comparisons are simple. I’ll be looking at most notable of the products announced by both companies at Computex 2019. I’ll compare both AMD and Intel products from their price to their performance and in the end, will deduce who won the Computex 2019.
World’s Best Gaming Processor
Intel CPU combined with an Nvidia GPU has always been the dominating gaming combination. However, with the arrival of AMD Ryzen things started to change a bit as Ryzen CPUs featured more Core/thread count compared to Intel.
This time Intel has brought out it big guns and announced the 9th-gen Intel Core i9-9900K, which Intel claims to be the “World’s Best Gaming Processor”.
The processor features 8 Cores/16 Threads and each of the cores are capable of 5.0 GHz boost. Meaning all 8 Cores running at 5.0 GHz provide a significant boost in performance.
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K
Base Clock: 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock: 5.0 GHz
Cache: 16 MB
Memory: Two channels DDR4-2666
Intel previewed the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS special edition processor, the first to feature all 8 cores running at a turbo frequency of 5.0 GHz, making the world’s best gaming desktop processor even better.
As for the price, the CPU retail for $488 and the pre-orders have already started for Intel Core i9-9900K.
- Enabling more than 220 FPS on three of the most popular global PC game titles4.
- With Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivering up to 5.0 GHz single-core frequency, gamers can enjoy their favorite games with up to 10 percent5 more FPS across popular gaming titles compared with the previous generation, as well as up to 37 percent more FPS compared with a 3-year-old PC6.
- Capture game play, transcode and stream while playing. With this type of megatasking, gamers can enjoy up to 11 percent7 more FPS compared with the previous generation and up to 41 percent more FPS compared with a 3-year-old PC.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
During its Keynote at Computex 2019, AMD Unveiled its 7nm Ryzen 3000 Desktop CPUs. However, the highlight was the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, a 12 Core/24 Thread CPU with a staggering 70 MB of cache memory.
As for the specs, the Ryzen 9 3900X featured base clock of 3.8GHz, a boost clock of 4.6GHz, and supports up to 3200MHz of DDR4 memory. Of course, the CPU is based on the AM4 socket that will be supported until 2020. So there is no need to buy a new motherboard for the CPU.
Furthermore, AMD also showcased benchmarks for Ryzen 9 3900X for single-threaded and multi-threaded processes. Interestingly, 3900X outperforms the Intel Core i9-9900K, probably due to high Core/thread count.
9th-Gen Intel Processors vs AMD Ryzen 3000 Desktop CPUs
|Intel® Core™ i7-9700K||Intel® Core™ i5-9600K||AMD Ryzen 7 3800X||AMD Ryzen 7 3700X||AMD Ryzen 5 3600X||AMD Ryzen 6 3600|
|Base Clock GHz||3.6||3.7||3.9||3.6||3.8||3.6|
|Boost Clock GHz||4.9||4.6||4.5||4.4||4.4||4.2|
|Cache||12 MB||9 MB||36 MB||36 MB||35 MB||35 MB|
|Memory||Two channels DDR4-2666||9MB||DDR4 3200 MHz||DDR4 3200 MHz||DDR4 3200 MHz||DDR4 3200 MHz|
Intel Z390 Chipset
Intel also announced its new Z390 Chipset to realize the “full potential of the new 9th Gen Intel Core processor”. Meaning if you want to use the Intel Core i9-9900K then you need a new motherboard with Z390 Chipset.
The chipset supports “high-speed integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 and integrated Intel® Wireless-AC with support for Gigabit Wi-Fi speed”.
AMD AM4 X570 Chipset
Like Intel, AMD has also announced its new AM4 X570 Chipset which isn’t really necessary as the AM4 socket is supported by older chipsets. But unlike Intel, AMD’s new AM4 X570 Chipset introduces us to PCI Express® 4.0.
he new PCIe 4.0 standard DOUBLES the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0 to up to 2GB/s per lane, or up to 32 GB/s on a x16 slot, enabling new generations of high-performance graphics cards, networking devices, NVMe drives, ethernet cards and more.
AMD Radeon RX 5700
AMD has also teased its Radeon RX 5700 during its Computex 2019 keynote. AMD claims “A brand new compute unit design” for its RX 5000 Navi GPU. As for the architecture, the GPU is based on the RDNA architecture.
AMD didn’t go into details but did claim that its GPU is 10% faster than Nvidia RTX 2070. However, AMD only showcased benchmarks for Strange Brigade so I am expecting AMD to showcase live gameplay demos at E3 2019 to show what the GPU is capable of.
Intel, on the other hand, isn’t in the GPU business but the company is working on a GPU of its own that will launch in 2020. However, Intel has confirmed Real-Time Ray Tracing for its Xe GPU architecture.
AMD EPYC Rome and It Powering The World’ Fastest Supercomputer
During the event, AMD announced that AMD EPYC Rome will be powering the “Frontier” which will be the world’s fastest supercomputer. According to AMD, EPYC Rome provides 2x the performance per socket compared to previous EPYC models.
AMD demoed two AMD EPYC Rome processors in a dual-socket server that outperformed Intel’s flagship Cascade Lake Xeon 8280’s by a factor of two during a protein folding application. The EPYC Rome processors will launch next quarter.
Intel’s 10th Gen 10nm Ice Lake CPUs
Intel has finally rolled out its 10nm Ice Lake CPUs. These 10th-gen CPUs come with “Iris® Plus graphics bring broad-scale artificial intelligence (AI) to the PC for the first time.”
According to Intel, Iris® Plus graphics provides 2x the graphics performance, 5x accelerated AI performance, and almost 3x wireless speeds. Also, 10nm Ice Lake CPUs are the first to feature the Iris Plus graphics, based on the Gen11 graphics architecture. So, expect some improvements in integrated graphics performance.
Intel’s highly integrated 10th Gen Intel Core processors give OEM partners the freedom to innovate on design and aesthetic by reducing the silicon footprint while still delivering the latest and greatest standards and world-class performance.
Now that I have discussed and compared the notable announcements from both AMD and Intel it’s time to announce the winner. Before that, here is a brief summary.
Intel announced the world’s fastest gaming processor along with a new Z390 Chipset for its 9th-gen CPUs like Intel® Core™ i7-9700K and Intel® Core™ i5-9600K, 10nm ICe Lake CPUs are finally shipping but Intel is late to the party given AMD rolling out its 7nm CPUs and that’s just about it.
On the other hand, AMD announced the Ryzen 9 3900X that easily beats the Intel Core i9-9900K.
Furthermore, AMD announced its AMD Ryzen 7 3800X, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, and AMD Ryzen 6 3600. A new AM4 X570 Chipset with PCI Express® 4.0 support that isn’t necessary to have unless you want PCIe 4.0, EPYC Rome powering The World’ Fastest Supercomputer “Frontier”, and new Radeon RX 5700 GPU.
Clearly, the winner of Computex 2019 is AMD with its high-perming CPUs that outperforms Intel’s world’s fastest gaming CPU and EPYC Rome that provides 2X performance over previous EPYC models, Ryzen 3000 Desktop CPUs that still feature higher Core/thread count than Intel CPUs.