A Couple Of Dozen Games At 1080p, 1440p and 4K
There is a $20 difference in the MSRP’s of these two chips, with Intel’s being a little less expensive, however the performance difference is not quite as clear cut. In an interesting twist, TechSpot used a Radeon RX 6900 XT as opposed to the usual RTX 3080. They chose the card to try to make the 1080p performance differences easier to see, though you will still have to squint to see them in most of the benchmarks.
There are a couple of exceptions where the Ryzen offers noticeably more performance but for the most part the performance delta between the two chips is within 4%. The almost identical performance numbers mean that we need to look further to find a winner in this review, and the next most important thing is price. Picking up the i7-11700K will cost you ~$20 less than a Ryzen 7 5800X, however the same savings do not apply to the motherboard. The i7-11700K is a power hungry beastie, which means that you need beefier VRMs to run it stably and those cost money. On average you will find the price of AM4 boards to be significantly less than a LGA1200 board; though you can certainly find expensive AM4 boards if you want.
TechSpot’s review shows AMD’s new chip is the winner in both price and performance for gamin. The difference in overall performance, when you inlcude productivity apps is a little difference, but for gaming AMD has the price and performance crown thanks to their motherboards.
Today we've got a classic head to head CPU battle in our hands, with a comparison between the Ryzen 7 5800X and Core i7-11700K, both of which are 8-core, 16-thread CPUs that cost around $400.