I hope you like fast CPUs because AMD’s new Zen 2 architecture is absolutely blazing. The company is launching its new lineup of chips based on Zen 2, and I’ve spent the last few days testing out the $500 Ryzen 9 3900X. At that price, the CPU directly competes with Intel’s $500 i9-9900K. But where the 9900K has 8 cores and 16 threads, AMD’s new part has 12 cores and 24 threads. And it’s also using the 7nm manufacturing process, which makes it run cooler and more efficient.
So should Intel worry? Definitely. The i9-9900K is a great part. And it still lives up to Intel’s claim as “the best gaming CPU.” But its advantage in gaming is tiny — especially at higher resolutions. And in just about every other task, the 3900X has a huge advantage.
Let’s go Team Red!