2019 Is Shaping Up To Be A Great Year For AMD
HWM Singapore|July 2019

The AMD vs. Intel fight has never looked so exciting.

Koh Wanzi

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m actually considering an AMD chip for my next gaming rig. For the longest time, AMD has been considered the budget option. You got an AMD CPU if you didn’t want to pay a premium for an Intel part, but that meant you wouldn’t necessarily be getting the best performance, especially when it came to gaming.

Even when a revitalized AMD released the first-generation Ryzen processors and Zen architecture in February 2017, these chips still lagged behind Intel in terms of IPC and single-threaded performance, which meant they weren’t the best in games, especially at 1080p. While the early Ryzen chips were generally considered well-rounded performers for both gamers and content creators, it still felt like Intel was the leading choice for those with the cash to spend.

That looks like it could be about to change with the release of the new Ryzen 3000 processors. AMD is aggressively pressuring Intel in terms of both price and performance now, with the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X costing US$499 to the 8-core Intel Core i9-9900K’s US$488. AMD’s own figures also put it slightly ahead of Intel in terms of single-threaded performance, although that’s in Cinebench R20, a floating point rendering test that AMD already does well on.

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