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Intel Core i9-13900K Beats the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X in Gaming, Content Creation and Costs $130 Less

The first reviews of the Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors have come out to a stellar reception from the press and enthusiasts. The Core i9-13900K featuring 24 cores (8P+16E) eats up everything for breakfast. On average, the Raptor Lake flagship is nearly 20% faster than the Ryzen 9 7950X in gaming workloads, resetting the dynamics back to the Alder Lake launch. It’s worth noting that both the Core i5-13600K and the Core i7-13700K are faster than every Ryzen 7000 SKU in gaming. The former by 5% and the latter by 11%.

Gaming benchmarks: Computerbase.

Moving to content creation workloads such as Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and After Effects, the Core i9-13900K maintains a notable lead over the Ryzen 9 7950X with the Core i7-13700K sandwiched in-between.

And finally, heavily threaded rendering workloads. This is where the Ryzen 7000 chips register their first win. In Blender and V-Ray, the Core i7-13700K and the i9-13900K manage to outmaneuver every other chip other than the Ryzen 9 7950X at the cost of increased power consumption.

Benchmark source: Puget Systems.

And here’s the kicker, the Ryzen 9 7950X costs $130 more than the Core i9-13900K (Microcenter).

We all knew Raptor Lake would be faster than Raphael in many scenarios, but it seems to have a complete advantage in almost every workload. The ball is in AMD’s court now, and I see a series of price cuts coming. With Zen 4’s V-Cache variants at least a couple of quarters away, that may be the only way to straighten the already faltering AM5 sales.

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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