Intel Core i9-9900K vs Core i7-9700K vs Core i7-8700K vs AMD Ryzen 7 2700X: Which Is Best For Gaming and For Productivity?

Now that Intel has officially released the new 9th gen Intel Core processors we can finally show how these new CPUs perform, and how their fare with the previous 8th gen flagship CPU and Ryzen’s flagship CPU as well. In this article let’s compared the Intel Core i9-9900K vs Core i7-9700K vs Core i7-8700K and AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. I’m not into writing (very) long articles, so let’s go ahead, check out their specifications, show you the benchmark results and let’s see what the best processor for gaming is, for productivity and which one has the better value. Let’s go ahead and check them out below.

Intel Core i9-9900K vs Core i7-9700K vs Core i7-8700K vs AMD Ryzen 2700X – Specifications Comparison

SpecificationsCore i9-9900KCore i7-9700KCore i7-8700KRyzen 2700X
Cores / Threads8C / 16T8C / 8T6C / 12T8C / 16T
Intel Hyper-Threading TechYesNoYesYes (SMT)
Base Clock3.6 Ghz3.6 GHz3.7 GHz3.7Ghz
Boost Clock Speedup to 5GHzup to 4.9 GHzup to 4.7 GHzup to 4.3 Ghz
5.0 GHz (1-2 cores)
4.8 GHz (4 cores)
4.7 GHz (6-8 cores)
4.9 GHz (1 core)
4.8 GHz (2 cores)
4.7 GHz (4 cores)
4.6 GHz (6-8 cores)
4.7 GHz (1 core)
4.6 GHz (2 cores)
4.5 GHz (3 cores)
4.4 GHz (4-5 cores)
4.3 GHz (6 cores)
4.3GHz (1 Core)
4.2GHz (2 Cores)
4.1GHz (3-5 Cores)
4 GHz (8 Cores)
Total Cache16MB12MB12MB20MB
Built-in GraphicsIntel UHD 630Intel UHD 630Intel UHD 630None
Included CoolerNoneNoneNoneWraith Prism

Both the Intel Core i9-9900K and AMD Ryzen 7 2700X have 8 cores and 16 threads; both have hyper-threading but their clock speeds are very different, with the 9900K having the clear advantage. The Intel Core i7-9700K, on the other hand, doesn’t have hyper-threading, thus it has only 8 threads despite having 8 cores. And finally the previous flagship, i7-8700K has only 6 cores but has 12 threads. Having the same number of cores and threads doesn’t necessarily mean that they perform similarly. Or having more cores and threads would perform better compared to a CPU with fewer number of cores and threads. There are still various factors like clock speeds and the technology and/or architecture used.

All of these four CPUs have similar base clock speed, and there’s only a 100MHz difference. However, the Core i9-9900K can boost up to 5GHz; although you can manually overclock these CPUs to reach 5GHz on all cores. Unfortunately for the Ryzen 2700X, 4.3GHz or 4.4GHz on all cores is pretty much the best it can do. The 2700X is clearly left behind in terms of per core clock speed and most probably it will perform poorly in single threaded workloads compared to the Intel CPUs.

In terms of pricing, the Intel Core i9-9900K has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $488 USD; but prices are pretty much higher than SRP nowadays, not to mention the lack of availability. The Intel Core i7-9700K has an MSRP of $374 USD, just a few dollars higher from the Core i7-8700K with an MSRP of $370 USD. Finally, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X has an MSRP of $329 USD. At this point, you may already have an idea which CPU has the better value. But it is too early to conclude yet; so let’s check out some benchmark results below.

Intel Core i9-9900K vs Core i7-9700K vs Core i7-8700K vs AMD Ryzen 2700X – Productivity Benchmarks

We tested the Intel CPUs with a MSI Z390 MEG motherboard and an MSI X470 Gaming M7 motherboard for the AMD; and 16GB of DDR4-2666 memory.

Intel Core i9-9900K vs Core i7-9700K vs Core i7-8700K vs AMD Ryzen 2700X – Game Benchmarks

The same motherboard and memory configuration were used for the game benchmarks. However we only tested a handful of games, all in 1080p but using three different graphics cards; GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2080 Ti. We haven’t tested these games at 1440p since the outcome would be similar, and by that I mean the ranking on which CPU is faster than the other. I definitely also didn’t benchmark these games on 4K since it’s pretty much GPU bound and all CPU will have similar results. We’re comparing the CPU performance anyway and not the GPU.

Intel Core i9-9900K vs i7-9700K vs i7-8700K vs Ryzen 2700X – Which One Is Better and Which One To Buy?

The results are out, although the tests were very limited (generally speaking) they do reflect the current standing of the CPUs. So in terms of productivity, the Intel Core i9-9900K beats all CPUs and it is followed by the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. The interesting fact here is that both CPUs are situated on the opposite sides of the price spectrum; with the i9-9900K being the most expensive CPUs in this comparison and the 2700X being the cheapest.

So for the performance, where price is not a factor, it’s going to be i9-9900K then Ryzen 2700X, then i7-9700K and finally i7-8700K. However, if price is going to be a factor, the AMD Ryzen 2700X has the better value.

As for gaming, this is where the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is no match for any of the Intel Core CPUs; due to the fact that the Intel CPUs have higher clock speeds. However, it’s a different story if you’re playing at 4K UHD, since most of the load is GPU bound. This means that you ca expect very similar and close results with these CPUs when gaming at 4K UHD. You might want to put that into consideration.

For 1080p and 1440p gaming, the Intel Core i9-9900K is the clear winner, followed by the Core i7-9700K and Core i7-8700K. Both the Core i7-9700K and Core i7-8700K have very similar or close gaming performance. This means that the i7-8700K, although a bit older, is still a very capable CPU. Between the i7-9700K and i7-8700K, I would generally go with the i7-9700K since it’s a bit faster, newer and has soldered TIM. But if price is a factor then the i7-8700K isn’t a bad choice as well, especially if the price difference is huge or there’s a special deal on the i7-8700K.

As for gaming performance where price is not a factor, it’s going to be i9-9900K then i7-9700K, followed by i7-8700K and finally Ryzen 7 2700X. But if price is a factor, I would go with i7-9700K or i7-8700K, then 2700X and finally i9-9900K.

There you have it guys! Let me know which CPU is your bet and which one did you bought recently or will buy one for your next build / upgrade.

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