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

For the test platform, we went with the Intel 8700K and 9900K on the Asus Maximus XI Extreme with Corsair Vengeance running at 3200MHz CL 15 for the Intel side. For AMD we are running the RYZEN 2700X and the Crosshair VII HERO WiFi with all of the other components carrying over for platform continuity. We are running a Thermaltake AIO Triple Radiator cooling solution on the CPU to make sure we don’t get any throttling on the CPU. The operating system is Windows 10 Pro X64 with updates disabled. We make three runs at each test then average those three runs and report the results here. If we hit a run that we consider being far away from the norm we dismiss that result and run a 4th test. The 8700K used for this comparison has NOT been delidded as that would provide quite an unfair advantage as most users will not perform this on their rig if they will just be gaming.

Test Rig
Case TypeDimastech Easy XL
CPUIntel Core i9 9900K (Amazon)

Intel Core i7 8700K (Amazon)

AMD RYZEN 2700X (Amazon)

MotherboardASUS Maximus XI Extreme

ASUS Crosshair VII HERO WiFi (Amazon)

RAM32GB (4x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LED 3200MHz C15 (Amazon)
CPU CoolerThermaltake Floe Riing 360 (Amazon)
Hard DrivesSamsung 960 EVO 512GB M.2 2280 NVMe (Amazon)

Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SATA  (Amazon)

OpticalLG BD-RW BH16NS40
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
MonitorASUS PG27AQ 4K 60Hz GSYNC (Amazon)
Case Fans1 x 140mm Mosfet / CPU / RAM cooling fan
1 x 140mm PCI-E Cooling Fan
Docking StationsNone
Testing PSUThermaltake XT 1475W Gold (Amazon)
LegacyNone
MouseLogitech G502 (Amazon)
KeyboardLogitech Pro eSPORTS Keyboard (Amazon)

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4 comments

  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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