Core i9-9900K Versus Ryzen 9 3950X; Gaming Benchmark Tournament
Intel Versus AMD On Steam’s Top 50 List
Legit Reviews worked with Intel to take a look at what games people are currently playing the most during this time, as well as how they are playing them. Considering Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hit an all-time peak for player count, there are likely more than a few people firing up old machines that haven’t seen much use lately, and are knocking the rust of old reflexes. That is born out by the almost 25% jump in Steam usage and done an interesting thing to the most common resolution being seen. Would you believe that 87% are playing at a resolution 1080p or lower?
So, if one hasn’t been keeping their system up to date, and aren’t able to portion off enough budget for a computer upgrade and a fancy new display, how do the two flagship processors compare on the current Steam top 50 games, played at 1080p? The two test systems are very similar, apart from the processor the only difference is the motherboards; ASUS’ TUF Gaming X570-Plus for AMD and MSI’s Z390 Gaming Edge AC for Intel. The GeForce RTX 2080 TI FE is overkill at this resolution and ~$1200 is likely outside the budget of many looking at this but it does serve a purpose, to highlight the performance of the processor itself.
As you might expect, for most games the difference in performance is 10% or less, with some games preferring AMD’s architecture and others Intel’s. This is where it gets interesting for the enthusiast, seeing the slight differences in how game engines deal with different processors, especially those that benefit more from higher frequencies than the number of threads available. The new Mount & Blade game is a perfect example of this.
What is the best CPU for gaming? LR took the Top 50 most played games on Steam and ran them on the Intel Core i9-9900K & AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processors to find out!