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Intel or AMD? You decide

PCWizKid has reviewed many AMD and Intel CPU's.  However in PCWizKid's reviews the bottom line is whats the perforance you are getting for the $$$.  Why? Well one thing to keep in mind is that AMD's intent is to give the best price for the performance comparing it to the Intel CPU's.  The choices are limited when it comes to CPU brands its either Intel or AMD.  So if we are forced to chose one, lets make the best decision we can based on our budget.  However if you are looking for maximum performance and price is not an issue, Intel's CPU's are still to be beaten since they lead currently with the fastest CPU's overall.

Dont get me wrong, if money is no problem for you, please by all means get the Intel Core i9 9900K, PCWizKid admits that without a doubt the performance and power efficiency of an Intel Core i9 for gaming is greater to an extent however so is the price!  While Intel has dominated in the single core gaming tests, could its time have come with the new AMD Ryzen 9 now? 

PCWizKid has put together a video playlist of all the CPU's reviewed so far for you, click below to watch and scroll through the ones you want to see.

This 2019 CPU Hierarchy Chart shows you from the top tier high end CPU to the low end for both Intel and AMD.

As of Dec , 2019, if you were to ask me which CPU would I chose for my Gaming PC Build under $500 USD , it would be either of these:

Intel Core i9 9900K /  KF version AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Process node 14nm 7nm
Cores 8 12
Threads 16 24
L2/L3 cache 2MB/16MB 6MB/64MB
Base clock speed 3.6GHz 3.8GHz
Boost clock speed 4.7GHz (all cores) 5GHz (one core) 4.6GHz (single core) 4.1GHz+ (all cores)
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630 / No No
TDP 95w 105w

However, the Ryzen 9 3900X is the most powerful desktop CPU AMD has ever released and would defenitely be a worthy candidate to the Intel i9 9900K.   I find beneficial having more cores and threads for rendering and multi-tasking applications without bottlenecks.  Little by lillte we see developers expecting you to have a multithreded CPU to take full advantage of what how they have programmed things to run.  I expect most games will so take full advantage also and having a something like this gives us the future proofing you need for years to come. Keep in mind also that the Ryzen 9 3900X has seen a major increase in instructions per clock over its second-generation Ryzen 7 predecessors and is more powerful than the 9900K clock for clock. Note also in the chart above the L2 and L3 cache effectively eliminate the memory latency concerns from the 2nd-gen Ryzen chips with 64GB of L3 Cache!

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