Intel boasted its Corei9-9900K as the world’s fastest gaming CPU. At the time it might have been the fastest gaming CPU but, with the launch of Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs, that’s not the case at all. Even the mid-range AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X beat Intel Core i9-9900K in 1440p and 4K gaming.


For those who fail to grasp the situation, Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X cost $233 and $249 respectively. On the other hand, Intel Corei9-9900K is way more expensive and costs $449. A $233 CPU beating or keeping up with a $449 CPU, that’s what I call performance.

Even in some instances, the Ryzen 5 3600 is ahead of the Ryzen 5 3600X in 4K and 1440p gaming benchmarks. Aide from the prices, both Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X feature 6-Cores and 12 threads while the Intel Core i9-9900K features 8-Cores and 16 threads.

Specs  Intel Core i9-9900K  AMD Ryzen 5 3600  AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 
Cores/threads  8/16  6/12  6/12 
Processor Base Frequency  3.6GHz  3.6 GHz  3.8 GHz 
Boost Frequency  5.0 GHz  4.2 GHz  4.4GHz 
Cache  16 MB  32 MB  32 MB 
Price  $449  $233  $249 

In terms of specs, these Ryzen CPUs might be behind the Intel CPU but in 4K gaming performance, they take the lead. These gaming benchmarks were done by YouTuber Gear Seekers. You can check out these benchmarks in the video below.

These benchmarks were done with both Radeon VII and Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti. The following table will give you a better idea of the results.

  Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1440p/4K  Final Fantasy XV 1440p/4K 
AMD Ryzen 5 3600/ Radeon VII  93 FPS/52 FPS 


7030 Points/4205 Points 
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X/ Radeon VII  94 FPS/58 FPS 


7418 Points/ 4300 Points 
Intel Core i9-9900K/ Radeon VII  93 FPS/53 FPS  7150 Points/ 4183 Points 
AMD Ryzen 5 3600/ RTX 2080 Ti  117 FPS/81 FPS  10447 Points/ 6219 Points 
AMD Ryzen 5 3600/ RTX 2080 Ti  117 FPS/81 FPS  10221 Points/6171 Points 
Intel Core i9-9900K/ RTX 2080 Ti  116 FPS/ 76 FPS  10304 Points/6139 Points 

Also, this isn’t the only time the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 has beaten a high-end Intel CPU. We previously covered gaming performance for both Ryzen 5 3600 and Intel Core i7-8700K. The results are the same as with the Intel Core i9-9900K vs Ryzen 5 3600 CPU benchmarks. Ryzen 3600 has a significant lead over i7-8700K in gaming performance.

With Ryzen CPUs beating Intel desktop CPUs in every aspect, I wonder if Intel has something in its sleeves to counter AMD. If things keep going like this, AMD Ryzen will eventually overtake the CPU market and Intel will be left behind to catch up.