A lot of people have been asking me … What’s the real difference in performance between AMD’s newest Ryzen 7000 series vesus Intel’s latest 13th Gen Core processors? Well, we’re about to find out in today’s processor comparison. We’ll be comparing the AMD Ryzen 9 7900X against last year’s Intel Core i9-12900KF and this year’s newest Intel Core i9-13900K processor.
Over the past few years, AMD have made great stride in closing the gap against Intel. They were the first to release ground-breaking 7nm processors a few year ago, and this year in 2022 they’ve just announced and launched their new Ryzen 7000 series, which are all 5nm chips. In fact they’ve overtaken Intel at one point in terms of market share for desktop processors.
However, things are about to change. There have been reports that Intel albeit slow, are pushing their fabrication process to 4nm (from their current 10nm) by the end of 2023, and up to 3nm by the end of 2024. We will have to wait and see who will come out on top!
So here’s what we’re going to do. We will provide a 3-way comparison of the performance of these processors. Let’s begin with a quick comparison table …
|Ryzen 9 7900X||Core i9-12900KF||Core i9-13900K|
|Generation (Code Name)||Zen 4 – Raphael||12th Gen (Alder Lake)||13th Gen (Raptor Lake)|
(8 Performance-cores/8 Efficient-cores)
(8 Performance-cores/16 Efficient-cores)
|Default Base clock rate||4.7 GHz||3.2 GHz||4.30 GHz|
|Max Turbo Boost||5.6 GHz||5.2 GHz||5.80 GHz|
|Cache L2||12MB||30 MB||
|Integrated Video||Radeon Graphics||N/A||Intel® UHD Graphics 770|
|Socket Type||LGA1718 (AM5)||LGA1700||LGA1700|
|PCIe/DDR support||PCIe 5.0 / DDR5||PCIe 5.0 / DDR4 / DDR5||PCIe 5.0 / DDR5|
|Current Price from Amazon (Oct 2022)||USD $539||USD $699||USD $720|
We prepared 3 test rigs with the configuration as per below.
|Processor||Ryzen 9 7900X||Core i9-12900KF||Core i9-13900K|
|Motherboard||ASRock X670E Taichi||ASRock Z690 Taichi RAZER Edition||ASRock Z790 Taichi|
|Ram||32GB Thermaltake ToughRam XG RGB DDR5-6000||32GB Thermaltake ToughRam XG RGB DDR5-6000||32GB Patriot Viper RGB DDR5-6200|
|SSD NVMe M.2||Adata Legend Gen4 1TB SSD||Adata Legend Gen4 1TB SSD||Adata Legend Gen4 1TB SSD|
|Graphics Card||EVGA GeForce RTX 3090||EVGA GeForce RTX 3090||EVGA GeForce RTX 3090|
|PSU||Thermaltake ToughPower PF 1 ARGB 1050W PSU||Thermaltake ToughPower PF 1 ARGB 1050W PSU||Thermaltake ToughPower PF 1 ARGB 1050W PSU|
|Cooler||Thermaltake ToughLiquid Ultra 360 AIO||Thermaltake ToughLiquid Ultra 360 AIO||Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 AIO|
|Drivers||Latest Game Ready Drivers from Nvidia||Latest Game Ready Drivers from Nvidia||Latest Game Ready Drivers from Nvidia|
|OS||Windows 11||Windows 11||Windows 11|
Installation and BIOS
All BIOS settings were at default, with XMP profiles enabled (only for Intel based systems). Graphics resolution set to 1920×1080 (HD 1080p). High or Ultra settings enabled.
Benchmarks (Part 1)
I’ll let the numbers do all the talking … 1st column is AMD Ryzen 9 7900X/X670E, 2nd column is Core i9-12900KF/Z690, while the 3rd column is the Core i9-13900/Z790
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Verdict and Conclusion
So, what can we say? Well, take a look at the benchmarks above … all 3 systems performed amazingly well, and to be honest, I’ll be happy to have any one of them at any time! The overall performance difference is really marginal. It all basically boils down to whether you want to overclock your CPU and memory (or not) … if so, then go for the Intel, but you’ll need a sufficient and adequate CPU cooler. These Intel processors tend to run quite hot.
When it comes to compatibility and stability … of course, there’s no question Intel is king. They are the standard by which most software developers and hardware manufacturers go by. Mind you, AMD are not far behind. Over the past few years, a lot manufacturers have worked with AMD tirelessly to ensure compatibility and stability.
The other thing which Intel seem to have an advantage over AMD is the superb integrated memory controller. Memory speeds are astounding on the Intel Z690 and Z790 platforms when paired with XMP 3,0 compatible ram. Ram compatibilty is still an issue for AMD platforms.
Oddly, Intel 13th Gen processors does not have AVX-512, but the Ryzen 7000 series will have AVX-512 … this is something I really don’t understand. According to Intel, they said it wasn’t enabled due to the inclusion of two different architectures (E-cores + P-cores). However, some motherboard manufacturers allow users to enable AVX-512 after disabling the E cores in the BIOS.
For gamers and AMD fans (Team RED), the Ryzen 9 7900X offer the best bang for your buck. Costing a mere USD $539, it offers 12 cores/24 threads, not E-cores or P-cores (like Intel). 12 real cores! The new AM5 platform now supports DDR5 ram, PCIE 5.0 for next-gen graphics cards and EXPO memory profiles. What’s more, all of AMD’s new Ryzen 7000 series processors are made from 5nm fabrication process, something Intel is still lacking behind.
In the end, I think all 3 processors offer great performance, so no complaints here. Just choose one based on your budget and needs. Here’s my quick breakdown below.
|Buy the AMD Ryzen 9 7900X if you want …
||Buy the Intel Core i9-12900KF, if you want …
||Buy the Intel Core i9-13900K, if you want …
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