As great as AMD CPU’s are, Intel has had a distinct advantage even though the Zen 2 architecture was stellar and I upgraded to a Ryzen 3900x not too long ago and absolutely love it, it’s a performance and core monster.
Intel’s only advantage against AMD was single-core performance. All of the benchmarks for 1080p gaming had AMD trailing behind Intel, with AMD beating Intel in multicore benchmarks.
Thanks to a different architecture in Zen 3, the amount of latency between the CCX’s which resulted in some reduced performance on Zen 2 is now gone. If you’re wanting to know what core complex is and how it works, Tom’s Hardware has a great explainer here. The performance is claimed to offer a 2.4x performance per watt increase and 19% higher instructions per clock.
One of the heaviest punches thrown at Intel was when they showed Ryzen 9 5900X and Intel’s Core i9-10900K running on Cinebench, where AMD show they beat Intel in single-core processing speed by a boast-worthy 87 points. We don’t know the specifics of how they tested, but 87 points is a mammoth edge over Intel.
Launching November 5, 2020, AMD is dropping 4 new Zen 3 CPU’s:
- Ryzen 9 5950X: 16-cores/32-threads, 3.4 GHz base clock (4.9 GHz boost), 105W TDP ($US800 ($1,118))
- Ryzen 9 5900X: 12-cores/24-threads, 3.7 GHz base clock (4.8 GHz boost) 105W TDP ($US550 ($768))
- Ryzen 7 5800X: 8-cores/16-threads, 3.8 GHz base clock (4.7 GHz boost) 105W TDP ($US450 ($629))
- Ryzen 5 5600X: 6-cores/12-threads, 3.7 GHz base clock (4.6 GHz boost) 65W TDP ($US300 ($419))
The Zen 3 architecture is the final nail in Intel’s coffin if third-party benchmarks see the same dramatic increases as we were shown in AMD’s press conference.