AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D vs Intel Core i9-13900K: Which is the Best Gaming CPU?

Ryzen 9 7950X3D vs Core i9-13900K Ray Tracing Benchmarks

Ray-tracing is intensive on the CPU and the GPU, depending on how many BVH structures and rays are cast.

The Core i9-13900K extends its lead in “A Plague Tale” with identical or at times worse lows. Apart from a couple of painful spikes, the 13900K runs as smoothly as the 7950X3D.

Crysis Remastered predominantly favors the Intel i9-13900K. The Raptor Lake flagship is more than 50% faster than its Ryzen rival in this ray-traced title.

The frametime (smoothness) graphs of the two CPUs are very similar with a few exceptions.

Cyberpunk 2077 exhibits some of the smoothest frame times we’ve seen in a ray-traced title. Both CPUs deliver similar frame rates, with the 7950X3D winning by an inch.

The frametime graph is the same, with a slight edge for the Core i9-13900K.

Dying Light 2 is another close call with superior lows (and smoother gameplay) for the Ryzen 9 7950X3D.

F1 2022 is an interesting title. At first sight, it looks like the Core i9-13900K is leading (by an inch), but if you look closely at the frametime graph, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D produces smoother gameplay, leading to a better experience.

We shot our Ghostwire Tokyo benchmark across two different locations in Shibuya but got the same result. The Ryzen 9 7950X3D ekes out a win with comparable lows and a nearly identical frametime chart.

The Core i9-13900K pulls ahead of the Ryzen 9 7950X3D in Hitman 3 with a subtle but definitive lead.

The frametime graphs are more or less the same.

The Ryzen 9 7950X3D marks its territory in Hogwarts Legacy, beating the Core i9-13900K by up to 13% at 1080p.

The Core i9-13900K produces a messy frametime chart with frequent spikes through the course of the benchmark.

Metro Exodus runs infinitely smoother on the 13900K while the Ryzen 9 7950X3D suffers from frequent micro-stutters.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs notably smoother on the Ryzen 9 7950X3D with an average of 274 FPS. With ray tracing maxed out, the Core i9-13900K tops out at 201 FPS at 1080p.

The top-end V-Cache CPU produces a smoother frametime chart than the 13900K, especially in the second scene of the test.

The Callisto Protocol is another AMD partner title that is a smidge faster on the Ryzen 9 7950X3D than the Core i9-13900K.

The frametime graphs of the two CPUs are difficult to tell apart.


In the rasterization suite, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D wins in six out of eleven games while the Core i9-13900K registers wins in seven of the eleven ray-traced titles tested. No matter how you look at it, this is a tie.

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Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have been writing about computer hardware for over seven years with more than 5000 published articles. Started off during engineering college and haven't stopped since. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Divinity, Torment, Baldur's Gate and so much more... Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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