Intel Core i9-13900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X: Which is better? Intel has finally lifted its embargo and so reviews and comparisons to its main rival AMD Ryzen 7950X can now be published. The Core i9-13900k CPU is better than its predecessor but how does it compare to AMD’s flagship processor? Let’s find out below.

Note: In the first gaming tests, we paired both CPUs with the latest Nvidia RTX 4090 graphics card. While in the second gaming test, we paired both CPUs with Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti graphics card.

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Price and Availability

AMD announced the Ryzen 9 7950X on August 29th, 2022 with an MSRP of $699. While the Intel Core i9-13900k was launched in September 2022 for $659. Going with the retail prices, the Intel Core i9 13th-Gen is cheaper.

In terms of their availability, both processors (Intel core i9-13900k vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X) are now available for purchase. You can use the box at the bottom of this post to buy either of them.

Socket Compatibility

These two CPUs are from different manufacturers, and their sockets/motherboards are likewise different. The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X uses the AM5 motherboard and is not compatible with the previous AM4.

In contrast, the Intel Core i9-13900k is compatible with both Z690 and Z790 chipsets while using the same LGA1700 socket as the previous generation. So technically, setting up the Intel processor is cheaper.

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Gaming Performance

So in the first games we tested, the Intel Core i9-13900k vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X was paired with the latest flagship graphics card- Nvidia RTX 4090. In a Six games average per seconds comparison (at 1080p max settings), the Intel Core i9-13900k had 9% better performance than the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X. The table below gives further details on the list of games and their average FPS.

BenchmarkIntel Core i9-13900KAMD Ryzen 9 7950X
Gears 5232fps198fps
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla201fps197fps
Watch Dogs: Legion147fps136fps
Cyberpunk 2077225fps202fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider304fps284fps
Metro Exodus (ultra / high)165fps147fps
Intel Core i9-13900k vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X paired with RTX 4090

The second time when our team carried out the final gaming tests, a team member-Titanium, suggested we pair both CPUs with the RTX 3080 Ti graphics card, which we did. However, this time in a Six games average per seconds comparison while maintaining similar 1080p settings, the Intel Core i9-13900k outperformed the AMD Ryzen 9 7959X by just 4%. Below are the breakdowns.

BenchmarkIntel Core i9-13900KAMD Ryzen 9 7950X
Gears 5187fps167fps
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla138fps138fps
Watch Dogs: Legion126fps123fps
Cyberpunk 2077144fps144fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider244fps230fps
Metro Exodus (ultra / high)150fps147fps
Intel Core i9-13900k vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X paired with RTX 3080 Ti

Specs | Geekbench 5 | Cinebench R23 Benchmarking

Is the Intel Core i9-13900k better than the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X? Yes! It is so unfortunate that the reign of AMD’s flagship processor was quickly cut short. They both have similar thread counts, however, the Intel Core i9-13900k has a higher core count than the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X.

Specifically, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X has 16-cores and 32-Threads with a 5.7 GHz boost clock frequency. In contrast, the Intel Core i9-13900k possesses 24-cores and 32-Threads. Also, the Core i9 has a higher boost clock frequency of 5.8 GHz.

On Geekbench, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X scored 2143 points in a single-core test and 22492 points in a multi-core test, while the Intel Core i9-13900k had 2202 points in a single-core and 24207 multi-core. Thus, in comparison, the Intel Core i9-13900k is 3% faster in single-core and 8% faster in multicore than the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X.

While on Cinebench R23, the Intel Core i9-13900k is 11% better than the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X in the multi-core test. Additionally, these two processors have integrated graphics.

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Intel Core i9-13900k vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X: Verdict

Intel Core i9-13900k vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
Intel Core i9-13900k vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X

Intel Core i9-13900k vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X comparison shows the Intel “Raptor Lake” 13th-gen flagship processor to be better. For gamers who are looking for high-end desktop CPUs to get, the Intel Core i9-13900k beats the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X.

AMD Ryzen 9 7950XPrice
Buy on Amazon US$743.90
Buy on Amazon EUR€869.99
Buy on Amazon UK£769.99
Intel Core i9-13900KPrice
Buy on Amazon US$805.99
Buy on Amazon EUR€766.37
Buy on Amazon UK£888.86

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