When it comes to high-end mainstream processors, there are two lineups that are the most popular choice out there. One is the AMD Ryzen 9 lineup, and the other one is Intel Core i9. AMD, and Intel have always been at each other necks when it comes to making powerful processors. And, currently, the Ryzen 9 lineup from AMD and Core i9 from Intel are some of the best out there in the market. If what you are after is a high end processor that is so powerful that it can handle whatever task you throw at it. Then, the Intel Core i9 or the AMD Ryzen 9 processors are what you should consider getting. Today, we would be comparing two processors from each of these lineups. It is the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, and the Intel Core i9 10900K.
The Ryzen 9 3950X, and the Intel Core i9 10900K both are extremely powerful processors and have it all that one can expect from a powerful processor. Both the Ryzen 3950X and the i9 10900K come with lots of cores, multi-threading support, high-clock speeds, high memory cache, etc. These features together combine to make both of these processors mighty enough for any and every kind of task you throw at it. Be it gaming, multi-tasking, rendering, editing, content creation, or anything for that matter. The high core count, along with the high core frequencies ensure that there is excellent single-core and multi-core performance.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X vs Intel Core i9-10900K
The only way of comparing the performance levels of processors is benchmarking. That is exactly what we are going to do in this article. We would be using the AMD 3950X and the Intel 10900K on a few of games, and synthetic benchmarks. Depending upon the results that we get, we would be able to declare that which one of these processors is a better choice. Firstly, we would be running few games. When it comes to gaming, the graphic card plays a very important role. We are using the RTX 3080 for the gaming benchmarks. The RTX 3080 is an extremely powerful graphic card. However, when it comes to such powerful processors, naturally, we would also be using a similarly powerful graphics card. Now, that was enough chit chat, let’s get started with the benchmarks.
The first game that we are using is Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1080p using DX 11, and the highest visual settings. It is quite a demanding title, and in this game, both of the processors perform quite similar to each other. The minimum framerates and the average framerates of both the processors are quite close. However, the AMD 3950X beats the Intel 10700K.
The next game that we will be using in this comparison is Horizon Zero Dawn, one of the best PlayStation games ever that have come to PC. In Horizon Zero Dawn, at the Ultimate settings, the minimum frame rate is similar on both processors. However, in average frame rates, the Intel i9 10900K wins by a 20% margin.
The third game that we would be running is Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. In Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, both the Intel Core i9 10900K, and the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X perform the same. The frame rates are more or less, the same for both the minimum, and average numbers.
Finally, the last game that we would be running for this comparison, is Hitman II. In Hitman II, the performance for both the cards are completely the same, if you check the minimum frame rates. However, in terms of the average frame rate, the Intel i9 10900K wins by an 11% margin.
So, as you could see, in terms of gaming performance, both of these are excellent and are on par. However, sometimes, the Intel Core i9 10900K beats the Ryzen 9 3950X by a noticeable margin.
As for the synthetic benchmarks, we would be running Cinebench R20 and Corona Benchmark 1.3. Using both of these benchmarks, we would get a clear idea on how both of these processors perform. Especially in terms of single-core performance, and multi-core performance. As you can see from the charts below, in Cinebench R20, the single-core performance is similar on both the processors. However, in multi-core performance, the Ryzen 9 3950X beats the Intel i9 10900K by a decent margin. In terms of Corona benchmark 1.3, the Ryzen 9 5950x wins clearly. It finishes the benchmark almost 25% faster than the Intel Core i9 10900K.
So, overall, both the processors are excellent for gaming. However, the i9 beats out the Ryzen 9 in some cases. Sometimes, the margin can be a bit wide. However, when it comes to productivity or content creation, the Ryzen 9 3950X is significantly better than the Intel Core i9 10900K. So, it all depends on what you want. If you want better content creation performance, better multi-threaded performance, then the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is better. However, if you want better gaming performance, then the Intel Core i9 10900K makes more sense.