The Ryzen 7 3800X processor was recently announced by AMD and is expected to hit the market in July to compete with one of Intel’s top-of-the-line chips: the Core i9 9900K. Both come with eight cores and are capable of running at speeds above 4 GHz, in addition to being targeted at the gamer audience.
Despite this, the models have important differences, such as the 7-nanometer architecture and PCle 4.0 support of the AMD chip, while the Intel component offers integrated video card and smaller TDP. Below, see the comparative datasheet of the two premium processors.
Processor Amd Ryzen 7 3800x Specs
Processor Intel Core I9 9900k Specs
Regarding the numbers of the datasheet, the two processors present close data. Both are octa-core, have 16 threads and run at speeds in excess of the 4 GHz range. The i9 9900K has base clock starting at 3.6 GHz, but accelerates through the turbo at speeds in the the 5 GHz band. The Ryzen 7 3800X works at slightly lower turbo speeds, reaching 4.5 GHz from the base clock of 3.9 GHz.
There are some technical data that, however, give the AMD processor edge. The Ryzen 7 3800X, for example, is compatible with PCIe 4.0 slots, which is not the case for the competitor. In addition, Ryzen has a total of 36 MB of cache memory, while Core i9 adds 16 MB.
The Ryzen 7 3800X has not yet hit the market, which should only happen as of July 7, according to the manufacturer. Faced with this, there are still not many comparisons between the two processors, and it may be difficult to get a real idea of how each compares. Because of this, it is necessary to take into account the promises of the brands themselves. AMD, for example, claims that the new Ryzen are about 15% faster than the previous generation models. The company guarantees 34% more performance than the 3800X compared to the 2700X running League of Legends.
What should greatly favor the new generation of AMD products is the migration to a manufacturing process of 7 nanometers. Generally, this yields a more energy-efficient processor, as well as faster than Intel’s 14-nanometer product.
The Core i9 9900K, in turn, has already been compared to the previous generation Ryzen 3 2700X processor, and the tests pointed good advantage to the Intel chip. Besides working well for games, the CPU also promises to be interesting for professional works with editing, for example.
The two processors allow for overclocking, being interesting options for the gamer audience. In addition, it is worth pointing out the presence of the Intel UHD Graphics 630 integrated video card in the Core i9 9900K, an interesting solution that eliminates the purchase of a dedicated GPU at first. Although simple, the graphics chip should be enough to deliver good results when playing 4K media and running the Windows interface.
The Ryzen 7 3800X, in turn, does not have a built-in card, which can be a problem when setting up the PC. Without this solution, the user is forced to invest in a chip for the computer to work.
Despite 7-nanometer lithography, the AMD chip has a larger TDP than Intel’s. It’s 105 Watts, versus 95 Watts of the rival processor, which takes some advantage in that regard. The difference is small, and should not be a crucial point in the comparison, especially if the new Ryzen product is in fact as fast as Core i9.
Each Processor Price
AMD‘s new generation of processors has been announced with lower values than its direct Intel opponents. The Ryzen 7 3800X, for example, comes on the market at a price of $ 399, about $ 1,588 in direct conversion, while the Core i9 9900K appears in US retail for $ 485, approximately $ 1,925.
There is still no way to know what the prices of the new Ryzen processors in the countries market will be, but it is possible to have the Core i9 9900K as a reference. Over here, Intel’s CPU is on sale for the official price of $ 2,599.