Intel and AMD battle it out again for the best performance processors in gaming

Intel and AMD will compete once again in February for gamers who spare no investment to achieve peak performance.

Intel released the Core i9-13900KS to the global market including Korea in the middle of this month. It is significant that it achieved the first 6GHz operating clock in a personal PC processor, but the dominant prediction is that the performance improvement will not be large compared to the existing Core i9-13900K.


Intel and AMD will clash again in February with the processors that produce the highest gaming performance. (Photo = GDNet Korea)

After 2021, AMD, which has been inferior to Intel in terms of pure performance and price, is preparing to release three types of Ryzen 7000 series X3D as a weapon against Intel. It is equipped with a 3D V-cache that can dramatically increase game performance, but both the release date and price are still undecided.

■ Intel launches i9-13900KS operating at 6 GHz

Intel has always emphasized ‘gaming’ with every limited-edition processor release. When the 9th generation Core i9-9900KS was released in October 2019, or when the 12th generation Core i9-12900KS was released in March of last year, the word “best gaming experience” was not left out.

However, the recently released Core i9-13900KS emphasizes ‘the fastest processor in the world’ rather than games or applications. It should not be overlooked that it achieved an operating clock of 6 GHz for the first time among processors for desktop PCs that ordinary consumers can buy directly.


Core i9-13900KS processor. (Photo = Intel)

However, it is also a problem that the performance improvement is not large compared to the fact that the operating clock has risen to 6GHz. Summarizing domestic and foreign benchmark results published so far, it is known that single-core (1-core) performance improves by around 5% and multi-core performance by up to 10% compared to the existing Core i9-13900K.

The problem is that the price is too expensive compared to the performance improvement. The Core i9-13900K can be purchased around 760,000 won as of the 16th, while the price of the i9-13900KS is set at about 960,000 won.

■ Expectations focused on new products with 3D V-cache, the reason is…

Rather, consumers are showing greater expectations for the three Ryzen 7000 series X3Ds that AMD unveiled at CES 2023 earlier this year. This is because there is a previous generation product, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which showed overwhelming performance compared to the Intel processor.


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The Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor, released last year, overwhelms the 12th/13th generation core processors in gaming performance. (Photo = AMD)

The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is a product with 96MB of 3D V-cache, a high-speed memory, on the Ryzen 7 5800X processor (8 cores, 16 threads) die released in November 2020. It was produced in the Zen 3 architecture and TSMC N7 (7-nano) process.

This processor is not far behind the Intel Core i9-12900K or i9-13900K when running games, but it is priced at less than half and has attracted a lot of attention. Since the launch of the core processor in October of last year, ‘reverse running’, which has become more popular, was once the main culprit of the shortage of AM4 motherboards.

■ Ryzen 7000 X3D 3 types, release date and price still undecided

AMD has had to drink a bitter cup for nearly a year in gaming performance since the launch of Intel’s 12th-generation Core processors in 2021. To overcome this situation, it is urgent to release new products such as Ryzen 9 7950X3D, Ryzen 9 7900X3D, and Ryzen 7 7800X3D.


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Ryzen 7000X3D processor with 3D V-Cache. (Photo = AMD)

AMD’s website, which introduced these products, once indicated the release date as ‘February 14’. However, an AMD official said, “The product release schedule is still undecided as of mid-January.” The price is also undecided.

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An official from multiple markets who responded to the interview said, “If it is confirmed how much game performance is compared to the Intel Core i9-13900K processor, considerable demand is expected mainly from game enthusiasts.”


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DDR5 memory has been on a downward trend since the second half of last year based on DDR5-4800 products. (Photo = GDNet Korea)

However, the AM5 motherboard and DDR5 memory required to use this processor are still expensive. The price of DDR5 memory has come down to around 60,000 won for DDR5-4800 products based on 16GB capacity and around 100,000 won for DDR5-5600 high-performance products, but the price of motherboards remains unchanged.

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