AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Vs Intel Core i7 6900K Gaming Performance Benchmarked

Khalid Moammer

The very first gaming performance face-off between the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X and the Intel Core i7 6900K is here. Both processors were put in a head-to-head comparison running the same game, the same in-game scenery and at the same time. This side by side comparison is courtesy of PCWorld and it gives us a taste of what to expect from the Ryzen 7 1800X in games.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Vs Intel Core i7 6900K - First Head-To-Head Gaming Comparison

The Ryzen 7 1800X is an 8-core 16-thread CPU based on AMD's brand new Zen microarchitecture. The chip has a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 4.0GHz. The Intel Core i7 6900K is also an 8-core 16-thread processor, based on Intel's Broadwell microarchitecture. The CPU has a base clock of 3.2GHz and a maximum Turbo speed of 4.0GHz.

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It also happens to be the fastest 8-core desktop CPU on the market. That is until the Ryzen 7 1800X comes out on March 2nd to contest it for that spot. AMD has already claimed the fastest 8-core crown for its 1800X after demonstrating a 9% performance lead in Cinebench R15 at its Ryzen press event. Do we have a new 8-core king on our hands? We'll only find out definitively on March 2nd. However, today we get one step closer to answering that question with this gaming test.

For this comparison both systems were identically spec'ed with dual RX 480s in CrossFire and 16GB of DDR4 memory. The game in question is the recently launched Sniper Elite 4 running at 4K. To make sure the test is as empirical and accurate as possible, PCWorld's Jarred Walton positioned the character and the camera in the exact same position on both systems. To ensure that both systems were rendering the exact same scene.The Intel core i7 6900K manages to average 90.5 frames a second. Rendering the exact same scene, the Ryzen 7 1800X manages to push over 95 FPS and averages 96.6 frames a second. This amounts to a 6.7% performance lead. Which doesn't necessarily seem all that significant, until we realize that the 6900K is a 1050 dollar chip while the 1800X costs less than half that at $500.

The value proposition that Ryzen represents is very significant for gamers. Because each dollar you save on your CPU purchase you can put towards a higher-end GPU or an additional GPU. Which would have a much more considerable impact on gaming performance and the overall gaming experience.

AMD Ryzen 7 Lineup - Specs & Performance

AMD Ryzen CPUCores/ThreadsCacheTDPCoolerBaseTurboXFRPriceLaunch
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X8/1620MB95WN/A3.6GHz4.0GHz4.1GHz$499March 2nd
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X8/1620MB95WN/A3.4GHz3.8GHz3.9GHz$399March 2nd
AMD Ryzen 7 17008/1620MB65WWraith Spire3.0GHz3.7GHz3.75GHz$329March 2nd
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X6/1220MBTBATBA3.6GHz4.0GHzTBATBAQ2 2017
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X4/812MBTBATBA3.5GHz3.7GHzTBATBAQ2 2017

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU Performance

  • Base Clock: 3.6GHz / Boost Clock: 4.0GHz / TDP: 95W
    Price: $ 499[Cinebench R15] Multi-Threading Score: 1601
    4% more performance than Core i7-6900K: 1474[Cinebench R15] Single-Threading Score: 162
    same Performance as Core i7 6900K: 162

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU Performance

  • Base Clock: 3.4GHz / Boost Clock: 3.8GHz / TDP: 95W
    Price: $ 399[Cinebench R15] Multi-Threading: 1537 4% more performance than Core i7-6900K: 1474
    39% more performance than Core i7 6800K: 1108

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU Performance

  1. Base Clock: 3.0GHz / Boost Clock: 3.7GHz / TDP: 65W
    Price: $ 329[Cinebench R15] Multi-Threading: 1410
    46% more performance than Core i7 7700K: 967


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