10th Gen Intel Core i9-10900K Fails to Beat the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in 3DMark Firestrike Physics Despite 5.1GHz Clock

It seems like if nothing else, Intel will continue to reign supreme in gaming, with the 10th Gen Comet Lake-S CPUs getting a cache and frequency uplift. While that won’t change the performance in other workloads like content creation and productivity, most games will undoubtedly see a hefty boost. The top-end Core i7-10700K and the i9-10900K will benefit the most with boost clocks north of 5GHz and the latter even getting two additional cores. While that will increase the power draw and perhaps even require AIO cooling, it’ll bring the Comet Lake-S flagship a step closer to the Ryzen 9 3900X:

This is lower than what we’ve already seen with 2666MHz memory, but still not a bad result by any means. Let’s compare it to the Ryzen 9 3900X:

With 32GB DDR4 RAM @ 3200MHz:

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X: 30,415

Intel Core i9-10900K: 27,536

Yes, the 3900X has a clear lead but given that this is the physics score we’re talking about (higher core count=better score), this isn’t bad by any means. The 3rd Gen Ryzen parts perform best with 3733MHz RAM with 3600MHz being the sweet-spot recommended by AMD. At those frequencies, the Ryzen 9 performs slightly below 31K, further widening the gap.

What this means is that AMD will continue to lead in multi-threaded workloads such as video editing, rendering, compression, and other production workloads while Intel will increase its lead over the 3rd Gen Ryzen parts in single-threaded and gaming workloads. It’ll be interesting to see how the Ryzen 4000 CPUs expected to launch by the end of 2020 hold up in gaming workloads compared to Comet Lake-S.



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