AMD has really managed to deliver a home run with the two Zen 2 processors that we have looked at so far. AMD looked to be left in the dust just several years ago, but Ryzen and the Zen architecture showed that you can never ever dismiss AMD. AMD has been steadily improving IPC and adding cores to their processors since Ryzen first came to market and they have managed to be competitive with Intel once again. In fact, AMD has actually passed up Intel when it comes to platform features as the new AMD AM4 boards with the X570 chipset now offer support for the PCI Express 4.0 interface.
Seeing AMD single-thread performance roughly on-par with Intel’s Core i9-9900K ‘Coffee Lake’ processor is pretty wild and it is one of the reasons that AMD pricing is comparable to Intel. AMD no longer needs to be priced below Intel as they can now compete at pretty much any price point thanks to the new Zen 2 core used on the Ryzen 3000 series. Our testing also showed that the Ryzen 7 3700X ($329) was performing better than the Intel Core i9-9900K ($499) in applications like Blender and KeyShot. So, AMD might still be the value play in certain areas. It all comes down to what workloads you use the most, but AMD is either going to be leading or right there with the Core i9-9900K in most cases. It now makes sense why Intel announced at Computex 2019 that they would be releasing a 5 GHz all-core clocked Intel Core i9-9900KS processor later this year. Intel needs something more powerful to help compete across the board, but they need to add some more cores in addition to higher clock speeds!
After using AMD’s Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 series processors you can say we are extremely impressed by the level of performance that they bring to the table. AMD has been a disruptive force in the CPU market since introducing Ryzen in 2017 and shows no sign of slowing down here in 2019. Intel appears to have been able to retain its PC gaming advantage for the time being and that is something they have been clinging onto for some time now. For pretty much everything else AMD has been able to out perform or match Intel.
It will be interesting to see how the 7nm AMD Ryzen 3000 series processor perform against Intel’s 10nm desktop processors. The good news for AMD and the bad news for Intel is that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen until 2020. That gives AMD about half a year to get ready and then next year we’ll likely have the Ryzen 4000 series with a refined Zen 2 core. After seeing what AMD has done with the Ryzen 3000 series, and we look forward to seeing what AMD does with Zen 2 in Threadripper later this year. Times are good for AMD, but we all know that Intel is paying close attention now that the CPU battle has heated up once again!