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Benchmark: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X vs Intel Core i9-13900K

With their new gaming processors, AMD and Intel are likely to compete for the performance throne again by the end of the year. In advance, the first benchmarks give hope for an exciting head-to-head race between the Ryzen 9 7950X (Zen 4) and Core i9-13900K (Raptor Lake).

While Intel fans eagerly await the presentation of the new Raptor Lake processors, AMD has already unveiled its new gaming CPUs with Zen 4 architecture this week. The new high-end portfolio is led by the Ryzen 9 7950X with 16 cores and clock speeds up to 5.7 GHz at a TDP of 170 watts. Going forward, the 7950X will feature the Intel Core i9-13900K and its eight performance, 16 efficiency cores and clock speeds up to 5.8 GHz.

AMD vs. Intel: interesting head-to-head race in the fall

Several benchmarks provide a first look at the competition Database from Geekbench 5 can be found. Here are two similar Asus systems equipped with technical examples of the new AMD and Intel processors. In the multi-core test, both the Ryzen 9 7950X and Core i9-13900K score over 24,000 points with a barely noticeable lead for AMD. A similar picture emerges from the single-core results (2217 vs. 2169 points). Synthetic tests like this one suggest a draw, but the real-world execution should be much more exciting.

While AMD says it can already hold its own in games with the cheap Ryzen 5 7600X against Intel’s current flagship Core i9-12900K, a comparison with the upcoming Raptor Lake generation remains to be seen. It is unclear whether Intel will compare itself to the Ryzen 7000 CPUs that will hit the market at the end of September or to their predecessors when it presents its new processor family.

The official unveiling of the new 13th generation Intel Core i processors is expected on September 28, 2022, during the Intel Innovation event.