AMD Ryzen 3000 beats Intel - but by how much?

The newly released Ryzen 3000 series arrived with a bang. So many reviews, so many good results. The bulk of the reviews focused on the Ryzen 9 3900X, Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600. Only two benchmarked the Ryzen 5 3600X, in a very limited way. So what does the Internet say about the performance of AMD’s new processors?

In games they succeed in beating the Intel Core i5-9600K. The Ryzen 5 3600 already comes close, the Ryzen7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X are faster – depending on the game selection though. Only the top processors of Intel stay ahead, by a bit: The i9-9900K is still the fastest gaming processor, the i7-9700K the close second.


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But more than ever the Ryzen 5 is the more attractive option. The i5-9600K it is the more reasonable option for gamer anyway, and that’s the processor Ryzen is now matching, with a 12-thread processor. That makes for an attractive offering. It will be interesting to see where the 3600X lands when more benchmarks get released, so far it is underrepresented and its positioning might still change.

So gaming is not even a weakness anymore. But those processors are still, like Ryzen 2000 and 1000, especially nice because of their software performance:


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The i9-9900K is still a strong processor in that discipline, but it is not stronger than the Ryzen 9 3900X. And the cheaper Ryzen 7 3700X is very close, making it the better option for a new PC.

So this is the situation: If you want the fastest performance in games the i9-9900K remains the top processor. But one level below Ryzen is now stronger than ever, with Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X being valid alternatives to the saner i5-9600K gaming processor. In most other software workloads there are three reasons to get Ryzen: The Ryzen 9 3900X, to get something stronger than the i9-9900K, the Ryzen 7 3700X, to get something cheaper at the same performance level, or the Ryzen 5 3600(X), as a budget option that still is stronger than the i5s.