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Intel vs. AMD: Who will grab the crown in the gaming segment?

Intel vs. AMD: Who will grab the crown in the gaming segment?

By  Adeline Belluz 2019-06-12 968 0

Intel and AMD have felt themselves spinnefeind for years and days. While the exchange of blows between the two companies is normally conducted behind closed doors, this time Intel is launching a frontal attack. But AMD was prepared for that and gave a clear answer to the competition during this year's E3 presentation.

Intel challenges AMD: Who fights for the CPU throne

Shortly before AMD's presentation at E3 2019, Jon Carvill, vice president of Intel's marketing team, spoke and challenged the competition to a duel:

You'll be hearing about gaming CPUs this week. Some of them may come from this three-letter acronym. That's why I want to challenge you. I want to challenge you to challenge them (AMD). If they want that crown, they have to beat us in real world gaming. Because that is the defining criterion that we use to evaluate the world's best gaming CPU.

A clear declaration of war from Intel to AMD. But the company remained cool. Instead of being provocative and enraptured to a verbal exchange of blows, during the presentation AMD took to the counter - with facts and figures. In addition to the presentation of the new Navi graphics cards, AMD also showed some interesting gaming benchmarks for the upcoming Ryzen 3000 processors, which are competing with Intel's products.

Overview of gaming benchmarks: What the new Ryzen processors do

The processors were tested in games like GTA V, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or Civilization 6 - all titles that run into CPU limits at low resolutions and strong GPUs. There was no information about which graphics card was used for testing. Here now the benchmarks in the overview:

The three new AMD CPUs, Ryzen 5 3600X, Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 9 3900X, were introduced to Intel's current ninth-generation Core i processors: i5-9600K, i7-9700K and i9-9900K. AMD determined the corresponding pairs through the official selling price of the individual products. AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X could challenge Intel's Core i5-9600K for victory in 3 of 8 games. In 5 benchmarks, however, the new Zen-2 CPU was the loser, albeit only narrowly.

In a direct comparison between Intel Core i7-9700K and Ryzen 7 3800X, this already looked somewhat different. Also here AMD could position itself in 3 benchmarks ahead of the competition, but the performance in the 5 other benchmarks was sometimes clearly behind that of Team Blau, as you can see from the graphs.

AMD's upcoming 12 core processor, the Ryzen 9 3900X, also had to assert itself. In the fight against the Intel Core i9-9900K, AMD could only win 3 benchmarks in spite of the superior number of processor cores and threads - one could slowly talk of a pattern. On the other hand, the gap in the other games was much smaller than in the Ryzen 7 3800X.

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Intel defends its throne: AMD is on the heels of the competition

Which surprised me in particular: In CS:GO AMD could win twice - usually Intel has the pants on here.

Overall one can note that AMD has made up a lot of ground in the gaming segment, but Intel will apparently remain king in this category for the time being. Nevertheless, the CPUs from both bearings deliver more than enough power to play in full HD. At frame rates between 114 and 420 frames per second, even owners of a gaming monitor with a fast frame rate should be reassured - assuming they have a suitable graphics card.

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