Like every year Intel and AMDThe two most important manufacturers of processors for consumer computers are updating their chip lineup to improve the performance of tools, applications, and video games. While there are models that are slightly more reliable and powerful, intended for the enthusiasm or the corporate segment, in this review we will focus on analyze the two most powerful processors for consumerss, Intel Core i9-9900K (9th generation) and AMD Ryzen 2700X, available in the Argentine market.
If there is something that the processors have improved recently, in addition to the speed and support of new technologies (USB 3.1, faster network connection, support for new generation cards and peripherals), then this is power consumption and temperature. For this reason, both Intel and AMD are working year after year to make processors with a smaller manufacturing process, creating chips that heat up less and consume less energy.
As for the design, the i9-9900K and Ryzen 2700X are similar in size to the naked eye. However, as shown in the photo, the Intel chip does not have contact pins in its case, since they are located in the motherboard connector where the processor is located. In its technical part, the Core i9 was manufactured at 14 nm and has 8 physical cores, 16 processing threads at 3.6 GHz and a 5.0 GHz turbo engine with 95 W consumption (TDP). For its part, the Ryzen 2700X has 12 nm, with 8 physical cores and 16 processing threads, at a speed of 3.7 GHz and a turbo of 4.3 GHz, with a TDP consumption of 105 watts.
Ingredients for gamers
The recipe for using these two processors is simple. Most importantly, in addition to having a cabinet for storing all the hardware, a power source of at least 500 W (if 80 Plus certification is possible) and, of course, a hard disk or SSD (solid-state drive), to keep the contents and the operating system, have the motherboard the board is compatible with these chips and DDR4 RAM (we recommend that they be 3000 MHz higher for better performance). In the case of an Intel processor, the compatible motherboard model is Z390, and the AMD chip needs an X470.
Processors AMD Ryzen 2700X (right) vs Core i9-9900K.
It is important to note that the equipment used to conduct the tests is high-class, since both chips need powerful components in order to take advantage of their technology. To enable the Intel processor, we installed an MSI Z390 Gaming EDGE AC motherboard, 16 GB DDR4 HyperX Savage 3000 MHz RAM, Fury RGB 480 GB solid state drive (here we installed Windows 10 Pro), a Seagate IronWolf 10 TB hard drive (games and applications) and liquid cooling Corsair H100i Pro. Although with the AMD chip, we use the same configuration, but in this case, the motherboard ASRock Taichi X470 is chosen. Both PCs used a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti board with 11 GB of video memory.
Guaranteed leisure time
A computer with these characteristics, although it is extremely powerful for performing 3D rendering, graphic design, among other things, designed to play everything new, in the maximum possible configurationThat is, you can choose, for example, 4K resolution, detailing of light, shadows and reflections to the maximum, with great smoothness in the movements of the game and without noticeable loss of performance.
Both the Core i9-9900K and the Ryzen 7 2700X provide the same gaming performance, and in combination with a mid-end and high-end video card, you can get 60 frames per second that you need to play according to your needs. Although it is true that Intel processor, in some cases, slightly faster than AMDIts price is also higher, so the choice of each chip can be to taste and pockets. That is, the AMD processor is a very attractive option and at the same time economical.
Battlefield V. The action from the first person was tested in 4K resolution, with ultra graphics (without DRX technology) and showed a speed of 82 frames per second on the Intel Core i9-9000K.
In tests performed hornIntel Core i9-9000K, accompanied by the RTX 2080 Ti video card (one of the fastest and most expensive on the market), can launch the game Battlefield v 4K resolution, with ultra graphics (without DRX technology support) at 82 frames per second (FPS). For its part, the Ryzen 7 2700X ran the same game, with the same configuration, at a speed of 74 FPS. When DRX (light source tracking technology supporting NVIDIA's new graphical RTX and, at the moment, Battlefield V), was activated, the yield dropped to 36 FPS from i9 and 29 FPS from Ryzen 7.
other games that require less requirements as FortniteFor example, they worked perfectly with both processors. In the case of the Intel i9 and RTX 2080 Ti, the popular Battle Royal worked with Full HD resolution and Ultra graphics at a speed of 200 FPS; while with Ryzen 7, in the same configuration, it worked on 195 FPS. In AAA games, sort of Shadow of the Tomb RaiderThe situation was similar, although this time AMD processor won. In the maximum configuration, but in Full HD resolution, this game worked at a speed of 132 FPS, whereas with i9-9900 it worked at a speed of 125 FPS. In both cases, these are figures that are not visible to the naked eye.
Overcoming graphic limitations
To get more from these two processor animals and the new NVIDIA video card, one of the world's largest curved monitors, with an ultra-wide screen, where visual perception has become more exciting. We're talking about the Samsung CHG90 QLED 49 ", available in Argentina, similar to the super-wide curved model that LG will present at the Consumer Electronic Show 2019 (CES) in Las Vegas. It aims to be a new trend in the screens.
With this monitor, which displays images with a resolution of 3840×1080, which makes the video game environment wider (for example, you can see two areas in FIFA) – a Core i9-9900K processor and RTX 2080 Ti. in FIFA 19, they reached 120 FPS, and with Ryzen 7 2700X, the game reached 140 FPS. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider with the same resolution and ultra-quality (the environment looks impressive), the Core i9 reached 93 FPS, and the Ryzen 7 reached 90 FPS.
Which one to choose?
As we have said, it all depends on taste and affordability. For example, the Intel Core i9-9900K is available in the country at an approximate price of $ 29,000. This processor, which, in combination with a good video card, raises any game well, works at a maximum temperature of 60 to 70º (does not bring a cooler, so you should buy external cooling) and is very effective for these people. who wants to do the tasks of rendering and editing video.
For its part, the Ryzen 7 has a slightly lower performance in this type of task, although it is very similar to Intel, it is cheaper (reached in Argentina at an approximate price of $ 20,000 AR) and includes a Factory cooler, which preserves its freshness, reaching temperatures from 50 to 70º.