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Intel Core i9 9900K – Intel’s Answer to RYZEN is here!

For Gaming benchmarks, We chose to consolidate to key newer titles and consolidate them on to targeted pages for easier navigation and less work for you to find what you need. Below are all gaming showing how these parts stack up. Please keep in mind that all systems are running a stock Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider just launched and I must say, the game is beautiful. It should be a worthy stress test and a validation point for newer GPUs. It is also worth mentioning if you didn’t catch it on the list, but it will be employing some of the new RTX card features soon which means it will look even better!

Here we see that all of the platforms are almost in lockstep with the 9900K showing a repeated loss in the average by a mere 1 FPS which could be considered margin for error so we would just call this honestly equal. Basically, if you play Shadow of the Tomb Raider, you would have the same gaming experience on any of these platforms.


Far Cry has been a great series of games and the newest takes on a cult-like group in the rural USA. This entry into the Far Cry franchise has some great visuals and can definitely put your GPU to work being a much newer game.

Far Cry we see some very interesting results and we were a bit in disbelief as the 9900K barely held off the 8700K at lower resolutions and once 1440p hit it fell behind. most surprising is watching at 4K as the same card and platform essentially runs past it powered by both the 8700K and the 2700X. I know its only a couple FPS but this is also an average of 3 runs so this si repeatable results we are seeing.


Ashes of the singularity

Ashes of the singularity technically should be in the synthetic benchmark page at this point as I think it has become the running joke in the reviewer circles as being basically the only game that nobody ever plays but is always benchmarked.

That being said, the dominance of the 9900K once again reigns here as we see CPU test performance with leads in the 25-35% range over the 2700X while pulling between 16-20% over the 8700K. Getting to the GPU focused test we see the lead dwindle to a mere 6 -10% over the 2700X and 2-8% over the 8700K. I know the 9900K is “faster” but at a price tag of 200+ dollars more its hard to justify with abysmal results like this.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War

Shadow of War is more of the same unfortunately with the only sizable lead being 1080p at a 7% lead in FPS over the 2700X  and a 3% lead over the 8700K. Once you get to 1440P the leads diminish to obscurity on the average FPS portion barely eeking out a 1440P lead over the 2700X and parity on 4K while pulling full parity with the 8700K for the two remaining resolutions.


Civilization VI AI Benchmark

Civilization VI is a great game turn based and it can be very long and methodical. This may raise the question of how this is a proper benchmark, but as it has an AI benchmark which merasures your systems speed at processing turns in the game it suddenly becomes clear why we chose it.

here you can see the clock speed on the Intel chips pay off with the 9900K almost pulling a full second lead on the 2700X and being the only chip I have seen to date get a sub 13 second run.

Forza Motorsports 7

Forza is our racing game entry and a great one at that as it has been worked on to make some great DX12 performance along with a visually stunning and fun to play game. The Forza series has generated an almost cult-like following and for good reason.

Here we see what I call “step ladder scaling” where you literally could walk up the chart bars as there is a clear line of delineation between the results.

The 2700X does fall behind in every resolution but not by alot.


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  1. So you need yet another mb with a new, re-cooked intel only chipset… MMmmmm NO. Ive for the first gen AMD and I can put in after a new bios the 2nd gen core/16 thread ryzen and then I can put in the 3rd gen die shrink and speed up ryzen. So pass. For what Intel are charging you can buy the ryzen, mb and memory. And did you see the power and thermals needed once you go past 4.0ghz! Well my amd is sweet at 4 and Im happy ~ intel can again go broke as they have learnt nothing!

    • You do not need a new motherboard. The Z370 or other 300 series chipset will work just fine with it… We would recommend a newer 390 based board for pushing the limits of the 9900K though.

  2. 1. why are reviewers running super pi on this multicore chip? 2. why are we still doing single core benchmarks on workstation “like” chips? 3. all the benchmarks software ran on this chip favor and are written for intel. 4. you did not even attempt to put a TR 10 core in the mix. 5. this chip is not a ground up chip. 6. some of the conclusions to the review, i agree with.

    • The review clearly states the feelings toward the “value proposition” of the 9900K as far as the benchmarks being Intel focused, this is a complete fallacy. These benchmarks are static vendor agnostic ways of interpreting IPC performance differences. There is no 10 core TR chip… and I see no point comparing a HEDT platform to a mainstream platform, that simply doesn’t make sense.

      Either way you look at it, the introduction of the 9900K has actually helped more than hurt AMD.

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