The embargo for the Intel Core i9 9900K and Intel Core i7 9700K CPUs has been lifted and the first third-party gaming benchmarks for these two CPUs have been revealed. And as you may have guessed, these two models are right now the fastest CPUs for gaming.
Guru3D has tested Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Far Cry 5 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided at 720p using an NVIDIA GeForce RTX2080Ti. And as we’ve said numerous, all CPU tests should be made at such low resolutions in order to eliminate any possible GPU limitation/bottleneck.
Now while Gamersnexus did not use a really low resolution, it did use lower settings. As such, its results are closer to a CPU-bound scenario, though – and as we’ve already showcased – some settings on High and Ultra do affect the overall CPU performance.
Hardware Unboxed has also tested numerous games so we strongly suggest watching their video, though they too used a 1920x1080 resolution instead of a 1280x720.
Overall, the Intel Core i9 9900K and the Intel Core i7 9700K are the fastest CPUs for gaming, though their prices are higher than that of AMD R7 2700X. In our opinion, the Intel Core i7 9700K will be a great CPU for most gamers, even though it lacks Hyper Threading. Here is hoping that Zen2 will offer higher IPC so that AMD can compete with Intel’s latest CPUs!