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Blog Post #2 AMD vs. Intel CPUs Comparison

The Processor or CPU has a major impact on performance, but it can be hard to find the right one with so many statistics thrown our way. I've taken a look at Intel 9th, 8th, and 7th Gen processors, as well as AMD's Ryzen and Ryzen 2 chips. Taking into account various metrics and using google news, I will compare the CPUs, looking at application performance in compression, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Blender, video games, and more.

July 7th brought the launch of the 7nm AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors, bringing impressive performance improvements and price ranges from $199 to $499, based on the Zen 2 architecture with support for the new PCIe 4.0 interface. Best-in-class is the Ryzen 9 3900X. This CPU pushes the mainstream desktop into high end desktop (HEDT) territory. Overall, it performs better than the Intel Core i9 9900K in all threaded workloads, while the 9900K performs better for gaming. The difference is small, meaning the Ryzen 9 3900X gives amazing value with gaming performance that nearly matches the 9900K, while still being great at productivity work. A remarkable feat for a <$500 processor. Meanwhile at the bottom of the lineup is the Ryzen 5 3600, and the Ryzen 5 3600X. Both still great powerhouses for lower-end setups. Likewise, the 8-core 16-thread Ryzen 7 3700X is a quality processor that offers similar gaming performance as the Core i7-9700K while exceling in threaded work. A higher-clocked version, the Ryzen 7 3800X, offers only a slight increase in performance, which drops even lower if you enable Precision Boost Overdrive on the 3700X. Remember that if you like to extract the maximum power from your processor, an efficient cooling system is a must.

The Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600 are both capable performers, with very little performance difference. Both CPUs perform better than Intel models in the same range (9600K) at core-heavy productivity benchmarks, about equal in gaming, and come standard with bundled coolers and unrestrained overclockability. The Ryzen 5 3600 comes clocked at 3.6 GHz base, and 4.2 GHZ boost, while the Ryzen 5 3600X runs 200 MHz faster at 3.8 GHz and 4.4 GHz (6% and 5% increase). Both CPUs tend to overclock to similar levels, boost offering negligible performance advantages. The 3600 is by far the better choice as the 3600X costs 25% more at $250. For that price you get a better cooler, but you're better off getting a Cooler Master 212 Hyper for $30 and saving the $50 on the chip.
If, however you are in need of serious power, the Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core, 24-thread processor runs at 3.8 GHz, boosts at 4.6 GHz, and is priced at $550. It is an absolute monster and you can't go wrong with it. Compare that to the Intel Core i9-9900K 8-core, 16-thread processor running at 3.6 GHz, boosting up to 5.0 GHz, and priced at $470.
3DMark Fire Strike Physhics Scores (a benchmarking score for PC and mobile devices) hit new highs for the Intel Core i9 9900K, Intel Core i7-7700K, Intel Core i9-9900KF, AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, Intel Core i7-8700K, best for video editing Intel Core i7-7820X, AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X, Intel Core i9-9820X, and the Intel Core i7-9800X, all at 35568 and 100 popularity.

With the upcoming 3rd Gen release of the new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X on November 25th, featuring 16 cores and a Zen 2 architecture, AMD has already made what many are calling the "best gaming processor" ever made. It clocks in at 3.5GHz and boosts to 4.7GHZ! This give it a Passmark benchmark above even the Intel Xeon 3175X, a $3,000 processor, compared to the 3950X's $749.

Overall I would say that AMD has been dominating the market, especially with it's 2nd and 3rd generation. Intel meanwhile has been rolling out Ice Lakechips we should start seeing soon. There are a lot of great processors out there and you're more likely to come out with a great chip than not. If the mentioned silicon is out of your reach, go for the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 or the AMD Ryzen 5 1600, great value at <$100.

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