Intel Core i9-13900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X

Now that Intel and AMD flagships are on the market, it’s time to compare the Intel Core i9-13900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X. Both CPUs support 32 threads at a time, though each has a different build. In this sense, it will be necessary to see if a hybrid design can beat a full-core design and which processor will be faster in professional programs and games.

On another occasion we talked about the Intel Core i9-13900K is 5% faster than i9-12900K in gaming so let’s see if when comparing it to AMD’s high-end we also find a clear difference in performance.

Intel Core i9-13900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X: Specifications and price

Ryzen 9 7950XIntel Core i9-13900K
cores/wires16/3224 (8+16)/32
clock speed maximum5.7GHz5.8GHz
base clock speed4.5GHz3GHz (P core), 2.2GHz (E core)
Cache (L2 + L3)80MB68MB
maximum power230W253W
Price$700$650
Intel Core i9-13900K and AMD Ryzen 9 7950X: Specifications and price

Like the 12th generation, the Intel Core i9-13900K combines performance (P) cores and efficient (E) cores. Efficient ones aren’t as powerful and don’t support hyperthreading, so while they increase the number of cores, they don’t improve performance in the same way. However, they do contribute a lot when it comes to multitasking. On the other hand, the Ryzen 9 7950X has 16 cores and another 32 threads.

Another important specification when comparing both processors is the cache. In this sense, Intel has increased it to 68 MB divided into L2 and L3 to compete with AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology. Although Ryzen still has an advantage with the Ryzen 9 7950X and its 80 MB of total cache focused more on L3.

The power is something that we can compare more objectively is the power, increased to 230 W in the case of AMD and approaching 253 W of Intel. What is clear is that in the end the architecture and design of both processors will be what makes the difference in performance.

Intel Core i9-13900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X: Performance tests

The first performance tests that we have been able to obtain from Puget Systems are those of creative programs for professionals such as Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and After Effects. Here, the Intel Core i9-13900K stands out against the Ryzen 9 7950X quite noticeably.

To assess how the designs and architectures of both CPUs work, especially looking at the differences in threads, we can assess the highly threaded rendering workloads in programs like Blender and V-Ray. In this case, the Intel Core i9-13900K is outperformed by the Ryzen 9 7950X at the cost of increased power consumption.

And when it comes to testing the performance of Intel Core i9-13900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X in games, basically we found practically no differences. The Ryzen 9 7950X indeed gets a head start on titles like Far Cry 6, but the Intel Core i9-13900K outperforms it by roughly the same on titles like Forza Horizon 4.

If we compare them in very similar games in terms of graphic demands, such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Cyberpunk 2077, both CPUs behave very similarly.

Conclusion: Which is more powerful?

Taking into account the scores and performance results, choosing between Intel Core i9-13900K or AMD Ryzen 9 7950X is not an easy task. It is true that if we are looking for a high-end Gaming PC, the battle is very even. On the other hand, for video editing PCs, it may be that Intel’s slight advantage makes it a more suitable option. We could talk about the price difference, but 30 euros when you are going to build a premium team to play. In any case, we also recommend our comparison of AMD Ryzen 9 7900X and AMD Ryzen 5 7600X to view more data on the latest AMD Ryzen 7000 chips.

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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.

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