Ryzen 7 3800X Prevails Over Core i9-9900KS in Geekbench Submission

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In a fiery Geekbench 4 battle brought to your courtesy of an unverified test submission, the Ryzen 7 3800X appears to come out on top of the Core i9-9900KS in the multi-core test while Intel's part is still faster in single-core workloads. This certainly isn't the final word in the pending standoff between the two parts though, because there is a distinct possibility that the -9900KS's unverified Geekbench test was conducted with pre-release silicon that could undergo further tuning before it comes to market.

The Ryzen 7 3800X is one of AMD's latest Zen 2 processors that aims to take on Intel's Core i9-9900K in the octa-core market. On this occasion, famed chip detective TUM_APISAK posted two test results head-to-head with the Ryzen 7 3800X benchmark compared to results of the special edition Core i9-9900KS that Intel announced at Computex.


Price (USD)
Cores / Threads
TDP
Base Clock 
Boost Clock 
Total Cache
PCIe Lanes
Memory Support
Core i9-9900KS
?
8 / 16
?
4.0 GHz
5.0 GHz
16MB
PCIe 3.0 x16
DDR4-2666
Core i9-9900K$4888 / 16
95W3.6 GHz5.0 GHz16MBPCIe 3.0 x16
DDR4-2666
Ryzen 7 3800X
$399
8 / 16
105W
3.9 GHz
4.5 GHz
32MB
PCIe 4.0 x24DDR4-3200

The Core i9-9900KS is an unreleased eight-core, 16-thread processor that features a 4 GHz base clock and 5 GHz all-core boost clock. Besides the chip's basic specifications, Intel hasn't revealed its TDP (thermal design power) or pricing. On the other side, the Ryzen 7 3800X also checks in with eight cores and 16 threads. The chip runs with a 3.9 GHz base clock and 4.5 GHz boost clock.

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The Ryzen 7 3800X puts in a single-core and a multi-core score of 5,783 points and 36,748 points, respectively. The unverified Core i9-9900KS result scores 6,129 points in the single-core test and 34,003 points in the multi-core test. According to the submission, the Core i9-9900KS is roughly 5.98% faster than the Ryzen 7 3800X in single-core workloads while the Ryzen 7 3800X performs up to 8.07% faster in multi-core workloads.

The Geekbench benchmark benefits from faster memory. The Ryzen 7 3800X system was using memory clocked at 3,460 MHz while the Core i9-9900KS system was strangely utilizing memory running at 2,134 MHz. The significant difference in memory speeds clearly put the Core i9-9900KS at a disadvantage. Therefore, the difference in performance between both octa-core parts could be smaller than we think. We won't know until we test both processors under the same environment.

As always, you shouldn't pass judgment on a processor based on a single benchmark, especially an unverified submission uploaded to a public database. We already have a Ryzen 7 3800X in our lab for testing and can provide you with a full panorama of the processor's performance very soon.



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  • svan71
    The significant difference in memory speeds clearly put the Core i9-9900KS at a disadvantage. Therefore, the difference in performance between both octa-core parts could be smaller than we think.
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    The Ryzen 7 3800X Prevails Over Core i9-9900KS in Geekbench Submission

    terrible headline and "story".
  • pyro226
    I agree with the other post. Terrible story. The S series means "Performance-optimized lifestyle" - a little lower performance in exchange for lower power draw. Of course it's multi is going to be lower.
  • JQB45
    I don't know about the rest of you but I can not wait for people to actually start reviewing the 3800X. So far it seems the 3700X and 3900X are getting the majority of the love with the 3600 not far behind.

    So far I have not seen a R7-3800X review.