Intel Core i9-9900K shows up in 3DMark Time Spy, comfortably beats the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Intel's upcoming flagship CPU, the Core i9-9900K, has made its first appearance in the 3DMark Time Spy database and the scores seem to be impressive. The entry for the Core i9-9900K reports a CPU-only score of 10,719 and a combined score of 9,862 with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Even if the turbo boost at 5 GHz is taken in account, the CPU-only score is still about 1.1x higher than an overclocked AMD Ryzen 7 2700X running at 4.4 GHz on all cores.
For perspective, in CPU-only tests (according to Guru3D's benchmarks), the Core i7-8700K scores 7918 points while the Ryzen 7 2700X scores 9,147 points without overclock. With a CPU-only score of 10,719, the Core i9-9900K offers a significant performance advantage. When the GPU is factored in, the Core i7-8700K with a GeForce GTX 1080 scores 7,393 points while the Ryzen 7 2700X scores 7,560 points at stock speeds. The Core i9-9900K scores a comfortable lead here as well at 9,862 points when combined with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. 3DMark Time Spy in a very GPU-dependent benchmark so the GTX 1080 vs GTX 1080 Ti comparison is not exactly apples-to-apples, but the performance gain estimates are clearly apparent.
As we've seen earlier, the Core i9-9900K can boost up to 5 GHz on dual cores while the rest of the cores can go up to 4.7 GHz. In this benchmark, the CPU is shown running on an Asus ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming motherboard with 16 GB RAM and Windows 10 x64. With this benchmark, we can almost confirm that whatever specs we've been hearing about the upcoming 'Coffee Lake-S Refresh' are indeed accurate. In line with compatibility for H310 boards, existing Z370 boards will also be compatible with the new CPUs with a BIOS update.
These are just preliminary benchmarks, though and we can expect more refined scores in the days to come. Although the Core i7-9700K won't be supporting Hyperthreading, it will be interesting to see how it fares in comparison with the Ryzen 7 2700X in GPU-dependent benchmarks. If the Core i9-9900K can also prove its mettle in multi-core performance, the Ryzen 7 2700X will finally have a solid competitor.