Today we will compare two consumer-grade flagship processors, i.e., Intel Core i9 9900KS Vs 3900X from AMD as you know that Intel announced yet another high-end CPU, the 9th Gen Coffee Lake Core i9 9900KS, it is a true 5GHz all-core boost clock speed processor as claimed by Intel.
You guys might be thinking why is this even launched as there is already Core i9 9900K is available, so today we will discuss this in detail.
Specifications of Intel Core i9 9900KS Vs 3900X
Intel Core i9 9900KS
The Intel Core i9 9900KS is basically i9 9900K with a boost in clock speed out of the box with 5% percent price increase which makes it special, speaking of special the S in the 9900KS stands for “Special”, and just because of this it is called as Core i9 9900K Special Edition.
- It is an 8Core/16Threads processor.
- This processor is based upon the Intel’s 14nm architecture as like 9900K.
- The base clock speed of this chip is 4.0 GHz which is a jump from 9900K which has 3.7 GHz.
- The boost clock speed is 5.0 GHz all-core guaranteed which is the best part of this CPU.
- The processor has 16MB of Intel’s Smart cache.
- The TDP is 127W.
- It has also iGPU like in other K chips of Intel, which is Intel UHD 630.
Ryzen 9 3900X
As you know that the Ryzen 9 3900X is the beast of a CPU from Team Red as this is the flagship processor for consumer-level desktop. The powerful cores of this CPU plus the Zen2 architecture optimization make it a very good price to performance CPU.
Specifications of Ryzen 9 3900X
- This is a massive 12Core/24Threads CPU.
- The base clock speed of this processor is 3.8GHz.
- The boost clock speed is up to 4.6GHz.
- Base upon 7nm Zen2 architecture.
- It supports PCIe 4.0 x16.
- The total cache is 72MB in which 64MB is L3 cache and 6MB is L2 cache.
- The TDP is 105W.
- There no iGPU available here.
If your planning to build a PC only for gaming then yes Intel Core i9 9900KS is taken the crown in this department like it was with CPU the i9 9900K. But if you are planning to do some heavy workloads then the Ryzen 9 3900X just crushes Intel’s Core i9 9900K & 9900KS in every other department except gaming.
The 9900KS Vs 3900X is no match in gaming especially if you are going to play on 1080p on an RTX 2080Ti with high FPS then yeah there is no match between these two but if the resolution is 1440p then in some games the gap becomes closer not much but a little bit.
The 9900KS is a limited-edition CPU and because of this Intel slashed the warranty time to just 12 months.
The TDP is much higher than the 9900K Vs 9900KS because of the base clock speed bump up to 4.0GHz, the TDP of 9900K is 95W.
- Intel Core i9 9900K – From $488
- Intel Core i9 9900KS – From $513 onwards
- Ryzen 9 3900X – From $529 onwards
According to me I still think that you should go with Ryzen 9 3900X between 9900KS Vs 3900X because it provides a much better price to performance value than its counterpart.
But if you are regardless of these things going to buy 9900K or 9900KS then skip the 9900K and go with the newer special edition, if retailers don’t charge more than 5-8% extra.
You can save this money of you are PC enthusiast by overclocking the 9900K to 5.0GHz as now most of them can go up to 5.0GHz if you spend some time while overclocking it.
Intel just renamed the chip make it even worse and increased the price and selling it, I mean wow, what the business plan they have made for this?