With the launch of the Ryzen series of desktop processors, AMD has changed the balance of price to performance. And with subsequent changes in the architecture and the manufacturing process, the Ryzen processors got faster by using the smaller 7nm semiconductors to improve performance, power consumption, and efficiency. Recently AMD launched their 5000 series of desktop processors based on the Zen3 architecture and their ultimate gaming desktop CPU the AMD Ryzen 5950X. In response to the launch of the AMD 5000 series desktop processors, Intel launched the brand new 11th gen line of processors with the i9 11900K desktop processor at the top of the line.
ntel and AMD have always been competing in the CPU market for bringing out better processors which can outperform the other. In this comparison, we are going to see the new Intel i9 11900K against the higher-priced and more powerful AMD’s 5950X and check which one performs better overall and which one holds the balance between price and performance ratio. The new 11th gen intel processor comes with 8 cores 16 threads. The Intel Core i9 11900K runs of a base frequency of 3.50GHz with a boosted frequency of 5.30GHz with overwhelming performance when overclocked, making it perform very well in comparison to the previous generations. Although the Intel i9 11900K has a higher core clock frequency and even a higher boost frequency. The Ryzen 5950X on the other hand has a higher core count of 16 cores and double the threads of the 11900K which gives it an edge in multi-threaded performance while comparing with the intel 11900K. With a base frequency of 3.40GHz and a boosted frequency of 4.90GHz, this processor performs incredibly well. Both of these processors support DDR4 memory by default and can run high-frequency memory kits up to 3200MHz.
For this comparison, we are going to use an Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU to prevent any bottlenecks during the testing and all of these games are running on ultra settings at the highest possible resolution.
While playing CyberPunk 2077 the Intel i9 11900K performed marginally better in FPS. The Ryzen 5950X although was not very far behind. It is still performing 15% lower in terms of frame rates and here the core i9 11900K took the lead.
In Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 AMD pull ahead of intel. The core i9 11900K performs quite good but the AMD 5950X produces slightly higher frame rates. Although the difference is barely noticeable AMD Ryzen 5950X had a smaller margin to perform better than the 11900K.
In Call Of Duty: Warzone the AMD Ryzen 5950X wins again marginally without any visible difference in gameplay. The average FPS of the 11900K and 5950X barely has any difference.
In HITMAN III AMD’S Ryzen 5950X again outperforms the intel core i9 11900K in terms of FPS. The average FPS is quite similar while the low FPS in HITMAN III is in favor of the 5950X.
The 5950X outshines the intel core i9 11900K in Death Stranding. The Average FPS of the 5950X is 20% higher which significantly improves visuals performance. The intel 11900K is not performing as expected in terms of frame rates.
In Red Read Redemption 2 the i9 11900K finally beats the AMD Ryzen 5950X in terms of frame rates. The 5950X is 20% slower in frame times and this gives the intel i9 11900K an upper hand in both the Average and Low FPS.
In benchmarking software like Cinebench R20 the AMD Ryzen 5950X is way ahead of the Intel i9 11900K in terms of performance and times. The single-core performance of AMD Ryzen 5950X is a few points behind the intel i9 11900K while in multicore performance of AMD is almost double that of intel i9 11900K.
In Geekbench 5 the Ryzen 5950X is almost 30% faster than the Intel i9 11900K in multi-core performance while the i9 11900K performs almost 10% faster than the Ryzen 5950X. This comparison between the single-core and multi-core gives the AMD Ryzen better performance in multi-core workloads while the intel performs better in single-core workloads making AMD a suitable option.
From the above comparison, we can see that the new AMD Ryzen 5950X and Intel i9 11900K perform very well in different workload scenarios and can outperform each other. The gaming performance is quite similar in both of these processors. If you pick any one of these processors you are not going to regret it. Both are high-performance desktop CPUs with excellent benchmark scores.