The 9th-Gen Intel CoreTM i9-9900K Is Not as Powerful as We Thought

A week ago, Intel announced its 9th-Gen Intel CoreTM i9-9900K processor, and the company dubbed it the “gaming processor” as a bid to attract the eyes of gamers around the world. It’s the best of what Intel has to offer consumers, but how does it stack up against AMD?

Not too long ago, there were some major controversies surrounding Principled Technologies and how it benchmarked the i9-9900K and AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processors. The first test was a positive one for Intel because the i9-9900K came out as the clear winner, but folks weren’t buying it.

We should point out that the first test was paid for by Intel, therefore, the scrutiny should have come as a surprise to no one.

What does the second test entail?

Here’s the thing, the second test, which is also paid for by Intel, still has the i9-9900K as the winner, but this time by a lesser margin. You see, the folks at Principled Technologies decided to turn off Game Mode where the AMD processor is concerned.

By doing this, games running on the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X managed to gain more performance in the 19 games tested. Now, when it comes down to one of the most demanding video games, Ashes of the Singularity, the Intel i9-9900K shows a 17 percent advantage over the 2700X, which is a stark difference to Intel’s claim of 50 percent performance difference.

In terms of frame rate, the new Intel processor only seems to have an up to 17 percent advantage over its rival, and that’s not a lot when you think about it.

“We tested various generations of Intel and AMD processors as listed in our original report. Based on community feedback, we have done additional testing … We have now added results from our testing of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 X in its default mode. That mode overall yielded the best gaming performance on the 2700X,” according to Bill Catchings, co-founder of Principled Technologies.

Intel didn’t shy away from making a statement, as one of the company’s spokesperson had the following to say:

“Given the feedback from the tech community, we are pleased that Principled Technologies ran additional tests. They’ve now published these results along with even more detail on the configurations used and the rationale. The results continue to show that the 9th-Gen Intel CoreTM i9-9900K is the world’s best gaming processor. We are thankful for Principled Technologies’ time and transparency throughout this process. We always appreciate feedback from the tech community and are looking forward to comprehensive third-party reviews coming out on October 19”

Indeed, the 9th-Gen Intel CoreTM i9-9900K is the best gaming processor, but not by much at all. Not to mention, the product is more expensive than the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, and we’re sure consumers will take this into consideration.

As it stands right now, gamers can pick up the 2700X for $290, while the i9-9900K has a starting price of $530.