Up For Debate - If you bought a CPU right now, would it be AMD or Intel?

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Dec 26, 2019 10:14 AM

Picture the scene: It’s the morning. You make yourself a lovely cup of coffee and head on over to your PC. Sleepily, you turn it on. Pop. Your CPU has gone up in smoke, gently steaming just like your coffee. Typical. Now you’re gonna need a new one. It is time, you suspect, for an immensely important decision.

Choosing a new processor has never been easy. You’re not exactly limited in the choice you could make. There are literally hundreds of them. Trust me, I’m constantly adding the things to GD. 

But one choice sits above all else, and it’s a decision which will ultimately guide you down the path to the CPU you eventually buy - Intel or AMD? For a while there, the answer was always Intel. Head back into the foggy haze of history and AMD had the upper hand. But now? Now it’s a processor war-zone out there

For gamers though, the equation is quite a bit different from your typical PC or CPU customer. We’re more inclined to research our purchases, for one, and we’re also happy to dig deep to try and find out just what the gaming ramifications could be. Knowing we need to keep abreast of game system specs as well, we also want to know we’re getting value for money. On all of these fronts, AMD has really come out fighting as of late. 2nd Gen Zen processors are knocking it out of the park in terms of gaming performance and value for money, putting the heat on Intel like never before. 

AMD has come out all guns blazing with Ryzen over these past couple of years while Intel has still held a firm grip on the lion’s share of the market due to brand recognition and a reputation for quality. Team Red's aggressive approach led to Intel slashing its prices across the board, win/win for the games. Team Blue continues to pump out the best gaming CPUs in existence, with alarming regularity, while AMD is ratcheting up the core count to insane levels.

Knowing all that you know now then, and bearing in mind the scenario outlined above, if you bought a new CPU right now, would it be AMD or Intel? And why?

If you bought a CPU right now would it be AMD or Intel?

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10:55 Jan-02-2020

I am waiting for my Ryzen 7 2700 to arrive.

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13:55 Jan-01-2020

Years ago I bought a A6-3670K cuz it was affordable for my 250$ build. Years later I was able to save more and when Ryzen came out and forced Intel to increase core count I bought the i7-8700. Based on today's trends, I don't have a major reason to upgrade to Intel. AMD makes better value CPUs. Waiting for DDR5 tho.

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14:05 Jan-01-2020

Even with my cpu/gpu set up running 1440p. I dont really see a reason to touch it until 2021 by then AMD would have moved to AM5 and perhaps there will be a gpu that offers at least 100% performance uplift for about 700€

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14:08 Dec-31-2019

Bought a Ryzen 7 3700X earlier this year. First AMD Gaming PC I built in over 20 Years..

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00:38 Dec-31-2019

Maybe im biased, but i dont recommend intel at all to anyone, unless i9 9900k oced to 5ghz for the best gaming performance, other cpus from them right now are way too overpriced for what they offer and longevity of their cpus and platform. I can hear from here, "but intel is faster at gaming than amd" yes, but you will not notice it anyway. Unless you need intel cpu for very specific workload in which they are massively faster, as for now i cant remember any where it would be

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22:33 Dec-30-2019

There is no straight answer, the real question is what you want to do with your CPU, if is a Workstation / Server that you are aiming for, than AMD or XEON, but if you are only on gaming Intel is the best bet.


Tech speaking AMD 3700 is a better cpu than the 99.9 % of intel. If I'm not wrong the majority of the users here are gamers, and only few are devs, i tried the 3700 with Unity with the snaps "buried memories" after building a basic world and all phases from rendering to the integration of the behavior scripts are 20 % faster with the 3700 than with the i9 9900 kf. but when i tried to play Terminator i9 was 12 % faster.

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20:14 Dec-31-2019

Except R7 3700X has 330USD MSRP, 330 + 12% is 396USD. Not 478USD. And on average i9 9900k/kf is about 8% faster, difference is not 12% in every game, unless Terminator is all you want to play for years to come. And based on that it should be 356USD. Problem of i9 9900k is price, it is far from proportional to performance increase. Which is why i9 is for only two types of people...

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20:16 Dec-31-2019

... either you absolutely need Intel features, like QuickSync, because your work scales well with integrated graphics. Or you are person who simply walks into the store and says "give me best, money is not an issue". Or in other words you don't care about money and are willing to throw whatever it takes, even if it means +1% of performance.

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20:18 Dec-31-2019

Plus Terminator? Like that has fast paced multiplayer with requirements for high FPS... I mean I could understand if you said CS:GO where high FPS actually matters... oh wait, Ryzen is very competitive there in Linuses review it even beat Intel. :-D

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13:56 Jan-01-2020

Not only i agree but, on my personal PC i have an I9 while at work we have only XEON and the Maya Operators use AMD, that should tell you something.


BTW my I9 was like 250€ due to a discount that i had and was expiring. For Terminator, well was the first recent game on the list i could have used Red Dead 2 but login on rockstar is too much work for my hypophysis.

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19:15 Dec-30-2019

idk why i voted intel haha

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11:45 Dec-30-2019

Just bought R5 3600x with Sapphire Pulse 5700XT :-)

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12:26 Dec-30-2019

Nice.
Post a few benchmarks if you have time.

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12:32 Dec-30-2019

I sold my used gtx 1080 and bought new rx 5700 for almost the same money and even got xbox pass and one free game with it.Then i flashed it to 5700xt bios and boom i got a more powerful and new gpu without spending more than 10% lol

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11:55 Dec-31-2019

Kudos

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23:52 Dec-31-2019

I will post benchmarks when PC will arrive, Far Cry 4 without lags finally ????

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17:57 Jan-01-2020

Looking fwd to it.

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08:17 Dec-30-2019

Load gamedebate to see news...
If you bought.
What was the.
Build the ulti.
Whats your worst.


Well its not the gamedebate i used to know any more but a questionnaire site

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11:02 Dec-30-2019

Well they are wrapping up the whole 2019 year and gaming decade so I guess those questions are OK, let's hope New Year will be full of (good) news.

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05:20 Dec-30-2019

I'm on my i7 3770 right now. running everything well at high with my RX 480 4gb and 8gb ram
I'm planning to upgrade to an i7 4770 or straight to an i7 6700.
Can't get an AMD CPU and I can't get an Nvidia GPU not matter what cause I game.

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03:08 Dec-30-2019

I plan on buying an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 for a new rig to replace the old PC that contains an Intel Core i7-2600

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23:43 Dec-29-2019

Ryzen 5 2600 just bought

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22:34 Dec-29-2019

AMD. Probably r5 3600 or 3600x.

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13:38 Dec-29-2019

Quite obvious, 3700x. Too bad it wasn't available back in november last year.

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12:36 Dec-29-2019

Even though I use my rig 99% of the time for gaming, I'd probably go with AMD, perhaps the 3700X, or even 3800X if prices stay low.
I would like to see some tests run on the 10th generation Intel processors when released & compare their performance & price
Like I said, probably AMD.

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10:05 Dec-29-2019

AMD 2600X will be my choice in April.

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10:39 Dec-29-2019

I wonder if by that time the 3xxx series will have dropped it's price somewhat, so that getting a 3600 might be a tempting proposition.

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10:42 Dec-29-2019

probably every new generation of zen chips will lower the previous the only exception should be the last highest end chips on the AM4.

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20:47 Dec-29-2019

Your correct on that one.

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08:33 Dec-31-2019

Lets hope yes they dropped prices then i go for 3600 budget is round 800 euro +GTX TI 1660 or 1660 super. And if i have luck with sales i hope for RTX2600.

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08:34 Dec-31-2019

Mean RTX 2060

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05:32 Dec-29-2019

bought one a couple days ago...went for amd 3600x
it was only 10$ more then the 3600

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10:40 Dec-29-2019

Which mobo will you use for the 3600X?

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01:12 Dec-30-2019

got an asus tuf x570-plus

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09:01 Dec-30-2019

Quite the mobo, tho I'd advise you too keep a close eye on the small fan.


They tend to break after 2 - 3 years.

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09:54 Dec-27-2019

I'd go Intel because I use my pc mainly for gaming although AMD has made great improvements Intel still holds a lead in gaming.

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10:11 Dec-27-2019

I respect your choice.

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08:14 Dec-27-2019

AMD hands down. I have the R5 3600 in my sight and it is so much cheaper than its Intel alternative (atleast where I live) and it's a huge improvement over my current CPU. The biggest positive of them all IMO is that old Ryzen motherboards support the newest Ryzen CPUs, so I don't have to upgrade my mb every time I upgrade my CPU.

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05:51 Dec-27-2019

R5 1600, R5 2600/3500, R5 3600 & R7 3700X are just great choices right now. The i9 9900K might still be the fastest, but at what cost?

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03:10 Dec-30-2019

a kidney and a good shape liver perhaps xd

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03:23 Dec-27-2019

At this moment there is no reason to get anything other than Zen2. Unless you're a professional level gamer who requires every last frame that could possibly be produced. Zen2 has the performance, the price, and versatility. HEDT level processors are available to the consumer. Which are, admittedly, bottlenecked by Dual Channel memory. However, the bottom line is: Intel doesn't have the upgrade path, the next standard pcie controllers, and it isn't priced approriately. Those looking to buy from intel should only do so if they really do require the marginal fps gains to be had.

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Can They Run... |

| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 5600 XT Sapphire Pulse 6GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Core i3-4030U 1.9GHz Intel HD Graphics 4400 Mobile 2GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| High, 1080p
Ryzen R5 1600 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti MSI Gaming 8GB 16GB
Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| Low, 1080p
Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Radeon HD 7970 OC Sapphire Edition 16GB
Core i5-9600K 6-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX Vega 64 Gigabyte 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Zotac Gaming Twin Edge 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB 16GB
Xeon Processor X5690 GeForce GTX 1070 Zotac AMP! Xtreme 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition 12GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i9-10900X 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gigabyte Gaming OC 3X 8GB 32GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz Intel HD Graphics 630 Mobile 32GB
0% No [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce RTX 2080 EVGA XC Gaming 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Zotac Gaming 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 30FPS, 720p
Core i7-5500U 2-Core 2.4GHz GeForce 940M 2GB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB Edition 16GB