A Intel were unchallenged until 2020 when AMD claimed the lead.

Effective Speed Comparison

AMD's 5000 series launch event

Relative Gaming Performance (Source: AMD, Oct 2020)

5900X
10900K
3900XT

During AMD's 5000 series launch presentation, 1080p game benchmarks for their own choice of games were presented for the 5900X, Intel i9-10900K and AMD 3900XT. Footage of the gameplay was omitted, so third party validation is not possible.

AMD's figures: 5900X 7% faster than 10900K

LOLPUBGDOTA2F1BFVTWTKCSGOSOTTRFCNDAOTSAvg.
21%5%6%6%-3%1%19%6%2%5%6.8%

AMD's figures: 10900K around 19% faster than 3900XT

A simple calculation using AMD's results shows that the 10900K outperforms the 3900XT by around 19% in gaming:

LOLPUBGDOTA2F1BFVTWTKCSGOSOTTRFCNDAOTSAvg.
5900X v 10900K†21%5%6%6%-3%1%19%6%2%5%6.8%
5900X v 3900XT†50%33%24%24%5%6%46%28%22%19%25.7%
10900K v 3900XT‡29%28%18%18%8%5%27%22%20%14%18.9%

†Source: AMD - Where Gaming Begins (8 October 2020) ‡Calculated

Intel's 10th Gen resoundingly beat AMD's 3000 series

AMD's figures show that Intel's 10th Gen CPUs are around 19% faster for gaming than AMD's 3000 series. This is a remarkable admission given the overwhelmingly pro-gaming narrative that accompanied the 3000 series marketing campaign. UserBenchmark’s Effective Speed marks Intel's lead at just 14%.

AMD outsold Intel whilst being 14% slower

Between 2017 and 2021 AMD increased their market capitalization from $10 billion to $110 billion. Social media marketers (youtube, reddit, forums etc.) contributed to, and shared in this success by persuading PC gamers to buy AMD CPUs whilst downplaying Intel's performance lead.

AMD's 5000 series is competitive with Intel's 10th Gen

AMD's tests, with their own choice of games, marked their 5900X 7% faster than the 10900K. Benchmark footage, game settings and hardware details were not provided.

UserBenchmark's Effective Speed marks the 10900K 1% faster than the 5900X. Effective Speed is calibrated to EFps game data which is generated with retail hardware in our lab using replicable scenes from five of the world's most popular games.

Intel's 11th Gen is 14% faster than AMD's 5000 series

Rocket Lake is based on Intel’s Cypress Cove architecture which brings higher IPC (early samples indicate a 19% IPC gain). This translates to a 15% faster Effective Speed than both Comet Lake (10th Gen) and AMD’s 5000 series.


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