In a major upset, AMD’s Ryzen 3 3300X has managed to beat Intel’s fastest gaming CPU on the market, the Core i9-9900KS upon being overclocked to 4.6GHz. We know that the new Matisse budget offerings were supposed to be aimed at gamers, but this is quite unexpected. The test was conducted by a YouTube channel (link at the bottom) across four popular AAA titles using a bunch of midrange and high-end consumer CPUs:
Fortnite produced the most surprising result. Here the Ryzen 3 3300X performs well enough even at stock. However, when overclocked, it beats not only Intel’s 9th Gen flagship, the Core i9-9900KS but also the Matisse flagship, the 16-core Ryzen 3950X.
The results are more realistic in Call of Duty Warzone and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but the Ryzen 3 3300X still manages to beat the Ryzen 7 3700X as well as the Core i7-9700K (not included in the results here). For a processor that costs just over $100, that’s pretty freaking amazing.
GTA V is known to be more thread dependent and scale relatively lesser with higher core clocks, and as such the overclocked Ryzen 3 chips produce a mediocre result here. Regardless, both chips are well ahead of the hex-core Ryzen 5 1600AF as well as the 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4770.
These results can be explained on the basis of how well present-generation games utilize high-end CPUs. As we’ve already shown with our 3rd Gen Ryzen gaming test, most games fail to utilize more than six cores properly. Eight is usually the absolute ceiling. They mainly benefit more from higher clock speed after the 4-6 core requirement is met. And that is exactly what we’re seeing here. The Ryzen 3 3300X is a quad-core chip with SMT which when overclocked to 4.6GHz satisfies the 8-thread appetite of most modern games, after which the high core clock propels it past the high-end competitors.
The reason why the Core i9-9900KS and Ryzen 9 3950X are still faster in some titles is that SMT is unsupported by many games and four cores can be a hindrance as multiple newer games require six-cores at the very least, and eight for best performance. Despite that though, the high operating frequency allows the quad-core chips to stay in the race. Therefore, we’re seeing the above result.