AMD's Ryzen 7 3800X ~5% faster than Intel's i9-9900K in latest leaked Geekbench tests
Trusted leaker Tum Apisak recently stumbled upon some Geekbench tests that compare AMD’s Ryzen 7 3800X CPU with Intel’s i9-9900K model, and it looks like the Zen 2 chip has what it takes to beat the competition. As far as specs go, both chips are 8-core / 16-thread models, but the Intel chip should theoretically have the advantage due to higher boost clocks (5 GHz vs 4.5 GHz). Still, the 7 nm tech coming with the Ryzen 3000 processors, the PCIe 4.0 standard and the DDR4-3200 support might be key to AMD’s edge.
Now, even though the Ryzen 7 3800X CPU supports DDR4 RAM clocked at up to 3.2 GHz, the testers who provided the Geekbench results only paired the chip with DRR4-2133 memory. Compared to an Intel i9-9900K running on DDR4-2133 RAM, the R7 3800K is ~1% slower in single-core tests, but emerges ~5% faster in multi-core workloads. We would imagine that, with the faster DDR4-3200 RAM, the difference would be even greater, and, just to put things into perspective, the i9-9900K running on DDR4-2666 RAM (maximum supported clocks) is ~14.5% faster in single-core tests and only 0.56% faster in multi-core workloads compared to the DDR4-2133 RAM results achieved by the Ryzen 7 3800X CPU.
While some testers do not consider Geekbench to be too reliable, these leaked tests do appear to be in line with AMD’s own benchmarks presented during the Computex presentation. Also, keep in mind that the AMD chip is expected to retail for almost US$100 less, and even if we factor in the more expensive DDR4-3200 memory plus a new X570 mobo, the overall price should still be slightly lower than Intel’s i9-9900K package.