Intel Core i9-13900K vs. AMD Ryzen 9 7900X: Which CPU is best?

Intel Core i9-13900K
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With the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X vs. this very Intel Core i9 processor, we crowned the Intel chip as the winner. It only makes sense that we do the same here as the AMD Ryzen 9 7900X is a little slower than the 7950X, sporting the same number of cores, threads, and almost everything else. The Intel Core i9-13900K is simply better.

The Intel Core i9-13900K has more physical cores and threads than AMD's Ryzen 9 7900X. There is a total of 24 compared to AMD's 16. Interestingly, the number of threads is the same due to how Intel utilizes a new hybrid core design, whilst AMD uses the traditional processor core design.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Intel Core i9-13900KAMD Ryzen 9 7900X
Released20222022
Cores2416
Threads3232
SpeedUp to 5.8GHzUp to 5.6GHz
Cache36MB80MB
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 770Radeon (2 cores)
TDP125W170W
Price$589$

Creating the best CPU for Intel involves the use of its new hybrid core design with the P-cores having two threads each and E-cores having just one. While the company continues to use older manufacturing processes with a less efficient transistor design, it's able to impressively remain competitive against AMD.

There's an integrated graphics processor on both processors but Intel wins outright here for performance, notably in games. Intel UHD Graphics 770 is excellent if you're only going to play some light games or do some video work. AMD's Radeon graphics are only really designed for displaying the desktop without a dedicated GPU.

Finally, we've got thermal design power of 125W for the Intel Core i9-13900K and 170W for the AMD Ryzen 9 7900X. Both CPUs are more than capable of pulling upwards of 200W from the PSU, but we'll go into more detail regarding performance shortly. Regardless of which processor you choose, you'll need capable cooling.

Performance

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Like the faster Ryzen 9 7950X sibling, the Ryzen 9 7900X is capable of handling real-world loads similarly to the Intel Core i9-13900K. When gaming or using creator software, both processors will be able to smash through even the most intensive workloads. Intel will come out first thanks to the higher core and thread count, but the 7900X is no slouch.

You'll find some synthetic benchmark results below, which while don't represent an accurate look at how these CPUs will fare in the real world, do allow us to compare them with actual numbers. It's clear to see just how close the Intel Core i9-13900K and AMD Ryzen 9 7900X fare (with the Ryzen 9 7950X thrown in for good measure).

The AMD Ryzen 9 7900X and Intel Core i9-13900K will use roughly the same amount of power. It really comes down to the cooling you must install atop the chip. The better the cooling, the more these CPUs will be able to boost. By default, we're looking at 5.6GHz and 5.8GHz, respectively.

The temperatures of both processors under heavy load will surpass 90C and that's by design according to Intel and AMD. They're making full use of available thermal headroom, which wasn't the case with previous generations. This does result in far hotter temperatures but so long as your PC case can exhaust the heat, you shouldn't notice a difference.