A Intel have historically led in gaming performance, but AMD claim to have taken the lead.

Relative Gaming Performance (Source: AMD, Oct 2020):


During AMD's 5000 series launch presentation, game benchmarks for the new 5900X, Intel i9-10900K and AMD 3900XT were presented. Footage of the gameplay and the precise settings were omitted, so third party validation is not possible. That said, here are the results from AMD's own choice of ten games at 1080p:

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


According to AMD, on average the 5900X is 7% faster for gaming than the 10900K. This is fantastic news for gamers who want the latest and greatest hardware.

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:

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: "Where Gaming Begins" AMD's 5000 Series launch presentation (8 October 2020) ‡Calculated


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

AMD's figures show that Intel's tenth generation 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

AMD's succession of impressive sales between 2017 and 2021 have helped them to increase their market capitalization from $10 billion to $110 billion over the same period. Social media marketers (youtube, reddit, forums etc.) contributed to this success by persuading PC gamers to buy AMD CPUs in spite of 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.

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