AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT vs. Intel Core i9 10900K Linux Gaming Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 10 July 2020. Page 6 of 6. 22 Comments
Benchmark Result

When looking at the CPU package power consumption over the span of all the Linux gaming tests carried out, this is the outcome. On average the Core i9 10900K was consuming about 7 Watts more than the Ryzen 9 3900XT (+13%) while the peak power consumption was 63 Watts higher. The power hungry Comet Lake CPU had a peak package power consumption reported by the RAPL framework to be 51% higher than the Ryzen 9 3900XT during these Linux gaming tests.

Benchmark Result

Here's a look at the breakdown of the raw results where there is a statistically significant difference between the CPUs. In raw performance the Core i9 10900K had a number of leads over the Ryzen 9 3900XT.

Benchmark Result

In fact, 75% of the time of the 45 gaming tests carried out the Core i9 10900K had a higher frame rate.

Benchmark Result

But when taking the geometric mean of those 45 gaming benchmarks in total, the Core i9 10900K comes out to being about 4% faster than the Ryzen 9 3900XT. Granted if you run your games with even more demanding graphical settings, you are likely to see even less of a difference between the CPUs. At the end of the day though the Intel Core i9 10900K was leading over the Ryzen 9 3900XT in these Linux gaming tests. But if you do more than just gaming, see the Ryzen 5 3600X / Ryzen 7 3800XT / Ryzen 9 3900XT Linux performance in 130+ benchmarks where these refreshed AMD Zen 2 CPUs tend to offer much greater advantages over Intel Comet Lake.

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