AMD Ryzen 9 CPUs are the new desktop kings

Intel has pretty much had the computer world to themselves over the last decade or so, but now, and perhaps because of complacency they are being dethroned by AMD, in a very big way. This dethroning is a two way approach, by AMD creating CPUs that not only out perform the Intel CPUs, but do so with extremely competitive pricing as well.

In terms of top end desktop CPUs, in one corner we have the very impressive Intel Core i9 9900K that we use in our MPC200 and MPC500 models, and the other, the new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X which we are offering in our new MPC500R model.

So what are the differences? Firstly, the Intel Core i9 9900K offers 8 cores and 16 threads, compared to the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X’s 16 Cores and 32 threads. Double the core count of the Intel which is extraordinary, and something you would have to go to Intel’s X-Series Processors to get competitive core counts, if you can afford it of course.

Intel Core i9 9900K
8 Cores
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
16 Cores
Intel Core i9 9900K
16 Threads
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
32 Threads

Based on the above information, it would seem a slam dunk win for AMD, but the Intel Core i9 9900K still has one main advantage, and that is the clock speed. With a base cock of 3.6GHz compared to the AMD Ryzen 9 3950Xs 3.5GHz which isn’t that big of a difference, but the turbo boost on the Intel Core i9 9900K is 5GHz compared to the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X’s 4.7GHz. Again not a huge difference, but it is enough to make the Intel Core i9 9900K slightly faster for single core tasks.

Multi core tasks is where the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X comes into it’s own, and it quite literally leaves the Intel Core i9 9900K in the dust. A quick search on Geekbench 5 results shows you the advantage pretty clearly, with single core results neck and neck, but a slight advantage to the Intel Core i9 9900K. Multi-core results are on average about 50% faster with the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X which is an amazing result.

Intel Core i9 9900K
Single Core
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Single Core
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
Single Core
Intel Core i9 9900K
Multi-Core
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Multi-Core
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
Multi-Core

All this power from AMD does come at a cost, but…we are talking about a performance gain similar to the jump from Intel core processors to Intel X-Series processors, for no where near the cost of those Intel X-Series processors. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X retails for about $370 more than the Intel Core i9 9900K which is beyond reasonable given the performance difference.

Where it gets really interesting is with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, the CPU below the 3950X that offers 12 cores and 16 threads with a base clock of 3.8GHz and a boost clock of 4.6GHz. The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X sells for about $50 less than the cost of the Intel Core i9 9900K and beats it for single core AND multi-core performance!

This is without a doubt a turning point in the history of desktop computer performance with the dethroning of Intel and the crowning of AMD as the new desktop processor king.  Intel have been struggling to get their CPUs to that ‘next level’ and they need to really pull something out of the bag soon if they are to even keep pace with what AMD is currently offering.

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