The arrival of the new Zen 4, commercially called AMD Ryzen 7000 Series, and the new 13th Generation Intel Core have once again put these two technology titans to fight face to face. For this reason, it is important to know what the differences are between one platform and another and to know which of the two is better.
AMD Ryzen 7000 Vs Intel Core 13th Gen: Introduction
Intel Raptor Lake, the 13th generation, is an evolution of the 12th Gen microarchitecture and is based on the LGA 1700 socket, as well as produced with a 7nm Intel 7 node. This is the same socket that hosted Alder Lake last year, so you can count on expansion options if you had a compatible motherboard.
For this new microarchitecture, a hybrid architecture is again used with a combination of P cores (Performance or high performance) and E cores (or Efficient) to achieve more consistent performance in games and navigation in general. The former is used for processor-intensive tasks and the latter handles the lighter loads while consuming less power. That is, something similar to ARM’s big.LITTLE system for mobile devices or something similar to what Apple does in its A-Series and M-Series with Firestorm and Icestorm cores.
On the other hand, there is the AMD Ryzen 7000 series, which is based on the Zen 4 microarchitecture and has arrived with a new socket called AM5 (LGA 1718). In addition to the redesign of the microarchitecture to gain greater performance compared to the previous generation, it has also gone from 7nm to 5nm to improve these chips electronically.
This already lets us see that AM4 motherboards will no longer be compatible with this new microarchitecture. New chipsets and sockets are needed to work with Zen 4. However, Socket AM5 will be around for several years, so it will be possible to upgrade with future compatible releases. This may tip the balance on Intel’s side in this case, although in a while the opposite will happen, Intel should make the leap to another socket while AM5 remains in force.
On the other hand, I would also like to highlight that AMD’s design and 5nm nodes make it more efficient in terms of energy and power dissipation than Intel’s chips.
AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Intel Core 13th Gen: similarities
- PCIe 5.0 Compatibility
- DDR5 RAM memory
- PCIe Gen 5 SSD support
- Clock speeds of more than 5.0 GHz
- higher TDPs
The latest generations of processors made by AMD and Intel are specifically designed to support the new PCIe 5.0 standard, although new motherboards will still maintain PCIe 4.0 compatibility for those devices that still support this standard. However, with Gen 5.0 you can reach speeds of 60% higher, which is something important to consider to accelerate SSDs, graphics cards, and other components.
The biggest advantage of PCIe 5.0 comes along with support for DDR5. This next-generation RAM also represents a significant leap in performance. However, while Intel allows support for DDR4 memory on its platform, AMD will not, only DDR5 will be allowed. This means that if you decide on AMD you have a more powerful and current memory, although it is also somewhat more expensive than DDR4. However, it must be said that little by little it will drop in price to catch up with DDR4.
AMD’s movement is limited by its socket, which when changing platforms, has chosen to stop supporting inherited technologies and only support new technologies to give it a longer life, being able to use it until 2025, that is, three more years in which will continue to be compatible with new released CPUs.
AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Intel 13th Gen: motherboards
Many users will be loyal to the AMD Ryzen and looking to try to save a few bucks on their setups but should know that they will also need to invest a little more in DDR5. Instead, Intel’s chips tend to be more expensive, but you can opt for cheaper DDR4 RAM. That is, in this sense, the two configurations will be very even in the budget. However, it is good news to know that with the choice of AMD we will have more up-to-date memory and that it will be obsolete later. Ultimately, the expense is worth it.
There is a wide range of AM5 motherboards on sale following the release of the Ryzen 7000. This includes the high-end X670 and X670E variants, as well as the B650 and B650E geared towards more budget builds. The difference between them will be the number of connections and their speed.
Something similar happens with Intel motherboards, which will be available in several versions depending on the chipset model. It must be said that both new motherboards for Intel and those for AMD are still expensive since they are a novelty. What is true is that the AM5 will be a little more, being a platform launched after Intel’s, which has been with us since the last generation.
AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Intel Core 13th Gen: performance
Now that both generations of processors are available, we know how each performs. Although in most performance tests or benchmarks the new generation Intel Core 13th Gen slightly outperforms equivalent AMD processors, the truth is that the difference is not very high in tests, let alone when it comes to the real world. , where the differences are even more insignificant. In addition, both one option and the other have the possibility of overclocking the versions marked with a K or an X, that is, the unlocked ones.
As you know, you can also count on several ranges from Intel and AMD, such as:
- The entry-level for the less demanding who want to run office software, navigation, etc., such as the Intel Core i3 and AMD Ryzen 3.
- Then there is also the mainstream with the Intel Core i5 and the AMD Ryzen 5, aimed at the majority of users who want a PC for everything, from office automation and browsing, to editing, occasional gaming, etc.
- The performance range is aimed at those who need something more powerful, for heavier workloads or gaming. For example, for this, we have the Intel Core i7 and AMD Ryzen 7.
- Finally, we have the top of the range, such as the Intel Core i9 and the AMD Ryzen 9. Both are for very heavy workloads such as compilation, virtualization, coding, etc. And, although they work well for gaming, it is not recommended to invest so much for it, since with the performance or mainstream range there is enough, since video games do not usually take advantage of all the cores as well as they are not optimized for it.
AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Intel Core 13th Gen: price
The AMD Ryzen 7000 series launched on September 27 with several models available, such as:
- Ryzen 5 7600X ($299 MSRP)
- Ryzen 7 7700X ($399 MSRP)
- Ryzen 9 7900X ($549 MSRP)
- Ryzen 9 7950X ($699 MSRP)
MSRP is AMD’s recommended starting price, although it may vary depending on the seller or store.
As you can see, very competitive prices are appreciated, even in the case of the Ryzen 9 7950X, which is the most powerful, the price is quite good and it can be in not-too-expensive configurations. That is why they are a fantastic option for those looking for a great performance/price ratio.
Note: If you are looking for a cheap processor that gets great benefits for gaming, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D with 3D V-cache is one of the best options at the moment.
The Raptor Lakes was launched on October 20 with a total of six different models. These are:
- Intel Core i5-13600K ($339.99)
- Intel Core i5-13600KF ($309.99)
- Intel Core i7-13700K ($489.99)
- Intel Core i7-13700KF ($459.99)
- Intel Core i9-13900K ($689.99)
- Intel Core i9-13900KF ($659.99)
However, this would not be the first time Team Blue has asked for a price higher than the starting MSRP, as this was the case when comparing Rocket Lake (11th Gen) to Zen 3 at launch as well. Therefore, it is more than likely that in the end the most profitable will continue to be AMD, despite what it may seem in this price comparison.
AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Raptor Lake: which is faster?
We’ve mentioned performance above, but overall Raptor Lake is slightly faster than Ryzen 7000 from entry-level to enthusiast level. This is because there are more cores and threads available and slightly higher boost clock speeds. However, in terms of real-world performance, things are still pretty level. And it is possible that if you opt for an AMD + DDR5 and an Intel + DDR4, everything is even more even.
In short, from Guiahardware, see what has been seen, we recommend that you choose your favorite platform, whatever it is. The very small differences mean that this time there is not a very superior or obvious one as on other occasions. It seems that Intel has woken up and has been able to compensate for the problems they had with previous generations of Zen. So, there will be an AMD vs Intel battle for a long time…
Also, read about Intel Core i9-13900HK Outperformed By The i9-12900HK On Geekbench
Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.