AMD Delays The Ryzen 7 2800X To Take On Intel’s i9 9900K

/ 6 months ago

AMD Delays The Ryzen 7 2800X To Take On Intel’s i9 9900K

I think it’s fairly safe to say that the 2nd-generation of Ryzen releases have been received as well as the first. While there was a little less hype surrounding these (as we largely knew what to expect) with the exception of a few models (which have yet to be released) they have all been generally well received.

Of those yet to come out are a couple of the lower tier Threadripper processors and the Ryzen 7 2800X. In a report via PCGamesN though, AMD has announced that they are going to delay the release of the 2800X to specifically put it in direct competition with Intel’s upcoming i9 9900K CPU. It’s a bold move for sure!

AMD Must Be Confident!

Now, if I had to place a bet on which processor would win in a direct battle between the 2800x and 9900K, I would have to pick Intel. Throughout the first and 2nd generation releases of Ryzen, while they have proven to be an excellent range and true competition for Intel, the blue team has always managed to keep a firm hold of the top spot.

This announcement though adds a bit of doubt to that idea. AMD must clearly think that the 2800x will be able to compete. If not on performance, then at least on price!


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Who Will Win?

Despite this ambiguity, I still think that Intel is probably going to retain the ‘top dog’ status. At least, in terms of performance. It will, however, be curious to see just how close the Ryzen 7 2800X gets. I will, however, eat my metaphorical hat if it manages to beat it though. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but I doubt many think that it will. Even, despite this announcement!

Oh, and just so we’re clear, we still don’t really know when either will be released. We’re looking at something within the next 4-8 weeks though, so keep tuned in for the latest news!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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4 Responses to “AMD Delays The Ryzen 7 2800X To Take On Intel’s i9 9900K”
  1. boorish says:

    We’ve obviously been observing different versions of history re. the performance between ryen and intel. Intel taking the top spot with amd? According to pretty much every benchmark over the past 18 months Ryzen wipes the floor with Intel. It’s only gaming where intel is still ‘top dog’. And then by a slight margin. Pretty much any other workload is Ryzen.

    • Mike Sanders says:

      I disagree, but we’re all entitled to our opinions.

      • Chris says:

        Curious… How does one disagree with a fact? It is a simple fact that Ryzen has beaten Intel at every turn outside gaming and as new BIOS updates have been released they’ve even caught up on the gaming side. Outside the gaming market, when 1800X came out, the only Intel chips that could even come close were all HEDT CPUs starting with i7-6900K at prices starting at over $1,000. 6900K pulled off scores of 153 Single-core and 1547 multi-core at stock speeds on Cinebench; 1800x hit 163/1617 for less than half the price. 6900K also had a lower turbo speed vs 1800x (3.7 vs 4.0). Shortly after 1800X’s release, Intel did respond with the i7-7820 (still HEDT and clearly demonstrating how they had been completely ripping off their customers prior to Ryzen’s release), though it still only pulled off +200Mhz over 1800x and cost $100 more. This isn’t an opinion based matter, these are simple facts that can all be verified by spending about 5 minutes on Google or Bing. Now what aren’t facts can be speculated and absoluely disagreed upon. Looking at the 2nd generation of Threadripper we can readily notice the glaring omission of a “2900X”. Given that the first generation had an 8-core HEDT to match the 1800X it isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine AMD doing the same this generation. Since the lowest Threadripper now has 12 cores, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the 2800x could easily have 10 or even 12 cores. If that is the case, then it hardly matters if the 9900k can hit 5.0Ghz since a 4.3Ghz 12-core will destroy a 5Ghz 8-core at every turn (with the possible exception of some games that don’t utilizes multi-core processors well). Just as an example, 9900k at 5Ghz is expected to score around 2212 multi-core in Cinebench. Put that up against the 1920X’s score of 2433 (at only 3.5-4.0Ghz), Intel’s own 12-core 7920X (2438) or a theoretical 4.3Ghz 2800X that would likely be around 2450-2500 and once again we see a clear win for AMD. If they’re smart enough to go that route, they’ve got my vote (and my money).

  2. peter j connell says:

    As u say, this late in the piece – yawn.

    Its the platforms that are getting tired in hedt – no spare lanes. Such users are swinging over to ~12C TR for not much more.

    both are gimicky mascot chips, so amd holding off is nicely unsettling, and they can optimise for whatever banner numbers intel is boasting most about.

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