Intel Core i7-9700K 9th Gen CPU Review: Eight Cores And No Hyper-Threading

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Civilization VI AI Test

Civilization VI's AI test measures CPU performance in a turn-based strategy game and tends to favor per-core performance.

The Ryzen processors trail due to their lower per-core performance, determined by instruction-per-clock (IPC) throughput and frequency. Intel's Coffee Lake microarchitecture already dominates in comparisons of IPC, but bolstering it with higher clock rates extends the design's lead.

Civilization VI Graphics Test

The Core i7-9700K leads in this test as well, which typically favors physical cores over simultaneous multi-threading.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

Ryzen 7 2700X is more competitive in the Warhammer 40,000 benchmark, largely because this game responds well to threading.

Intel's careful excision of Hyper-Threading, along with the addition of two extra cores and higher clock rates, gives Core i7-9700K an advantage over its predecessor. But once we overclock both CPUs, the difference between them is imperceptible.

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Paul Alcorn
Managing Editor: News and Emerging Tech

Paul Alcorn is the Managing Editor: News and Emerging Tech for Tom's Hardware US. He also writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage, and enterprise hardware.