Platform Compatibility and Test Configuration

In addition to a full suite of games, we are testing this round of CPUs in a variety of synthetic and real-world benchmarks.

  • Geekbench
  • Euler3D
  • 7-zip Compression
  • Cinebench R15
  • Blender
  • POV-Ray
  • Handbrake
  • X264 Benchmark
  • RFO Benchmark (Revit 2019)
  • V-Ray Benchmark
  • IOMeter

As far as the hardware competition is concerned, we wanted to compare the i9-9900K to flagship processors of Intel's past, including the 8700K and i7-7700K, as well as AMD's currently flagship Ryzen 7 2700X. Additionally, we decided to compare the i9-9900K to the lower end HEDT parts from AMD and Intel, namely the 16-core Threadripper 2950X and the 10-core Intel Core i9-7900X. 

The full testbed configuration is listed below:

Test System Setup

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-7900X
Intel Core i7-8700K


MSI MEG X399 Creation (Treadripper) – BIOS 7B92v11​

ASUS PRIME X299 Deluxe (Skylake-X) – BIOS 1503

ASUS Crosshair VII Hero (Pinnacle Ridge) – BIOS 0804

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC (Coffee Lake) – BIOS A11



16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3200

Operating at:

2667MHz (Skylake-X, Coffee Lake)
2933 (2nd Gen Threadripper, Pinnacle Ridge)
Storage Corsair Neutron XTi 480 SSD
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 240mm All-in-One Liquid Cooler
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti 11GB
Graphics Drivers NVIDIA 416.16
Power Supply Corsair RM1000x
Operating System Windows 10 Pro x64 RS5 (17763.55)
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