It looks like the AMD Ryzen 7 3800 X has proven very popular. Newegg is now out of stock so now would be a good time to read up on the best gaming CPUs of 2020.
If you want to upgrade your CPU but don’t want to pay the new version prices or can’t find a newer model, now is the time to disable an older processor. Today, we’re highlighting the offers on both the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X ($334 at Newegg) and the Intel Core i9-9900K ($319) at Amazon. But if you’ve been eyeing the new hotness, check out our Ryzen 5950X/5900X review and our coverage of upcoming Intel events. Intel Rocket Lake processors.
We posted reviews on both AMD Ryzen 7 3800X And Intel Core i9-9900K Last year, we definitely recommend reviewing it for an in-depth look at why these old processors are worth the investment when it comes to performance. But in the meantime, here’s an overview.
Pushing the Ryzen 7 3800X to its limits, we decided it’s overall better than the Intel Core i7-9700K, but it fails in performance compared to the Intel Core i7-9900K, especially when it comes to gaming.
The Core i9-9900K offers 8 cores and 16 threads with a base frequency of 3.6GHz and a 5GHz turbo mode before overclocking. The Ryzen 7 3800X has the same number of cores and threads, but a base clock of 3.9GHz with a boost clock of 4.5GHz.
The Intel Core i9-9900K was even more powerful than the i7, then the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 7 3800X flew perfectly during the DX12 and DX11 benchmark tests.
In our gaming test groups, the Core i9-9900K averaged 145 fps while the Ryzen 7 3800X averaged 127 fps when using Precision Boost Overdrive mode. Both are solid options.
Deciding which one is best for you will ultimately depend on what CPU you need, which manufacturers you prefer, and how much you’re willing to spend – or of course if you already have a platform compatible with one of these chipsets.
Intel Core i9-10900F processor with 10 cores sold
If you’re willing to spend a few extra bucks and don’t want to overclock, Intel’s Core i9-10900F is also an attractive option. The 10-core, 5.2 GHz processor has dropped to just $364, its lowest price ever. It even comes with a cooler in the package, potentially saving you money on buying a fan.
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