Intel Core i7-13700K vs AMD Ryzen 7 7700X – Which CPU is Best?
The 7700X is a 8 core, 16 thread part and while the 13700K also has 8 performance cores with 16 threads, its also got an extra 8 efficient cores that dont have hyperthreading making it a 16 core 24 thread. Part. Intel also has more L2 cache, but not quite as much L3 cache and both have the same. 5.4Ghz single core turbo boost clock, speed. Right now. The 7700X goes for ‘9 USD, while the 13700K costs 50 more at 450. However, you can also get the KF version if you dont need integrated graphics for 20 less.. This close 30 to 50 price difference is the main reason I wanted to compare both of these CPUs., Although AMDs next best CPU, the 7900X has 12 cores and 24 threads. Putting it closer in terms of specs to the 13700K that CPU costs 100 more than the i7. Anyway, prices will, of course, change over time, though, so you can check out current updates with those links below the video. Ive, compared both CPUs in this system to find Out, if its worth paying more for Intel. Ive tested with the exact same memory kit, with the same timings for both Intel and AMD, so literally, the only differences here are the CPUs and motherboards.. The latest Windows 11 22H2, was used with core isolation off the same Nvidia. Drivers with resizable BAR enabled, and neither CPU was subject to any power limits. Just before the 24 games lets start out with Cinebench R23 as its an easy way to get a general idea of where single and multi threaded performance are at.
. The 13700K was ahead in both tests, with only a 6 lead in single core score. However, the higher thread count thanks to its E cores, put the 13700K 56 ahead of the 7700X here.. Although the 13700K was performing 56 better in multicore performance in Cinebench, its using 67 more power to achieve this., This results in the 7700X coming out ahead in terms of power efficiency, as it was using 155 watts less power in my test.. Despite Intel using plenty more power, the temperatures werent actually that different, though, to be fair, these results arent really directly comparable as the way both processors use sensors to measure thermals varies.. Both processors were running beyond 5GHz on their big cores, while the E cores in the i7 were hitting their maximum turbo boost. Speed.. Just a quick spoiler before you write off the 7700X based on this one test, but the 7700X does actually do better in games., But before we get into the 24 game, comparison lets see how both CPUs compare in more productivity, workloads. Theres more to life than just Cinebench Blender was tested with the Open Data benchmark and as a test that relies on multicore performance. It wasnt a surprise to see the 13700K scoring around 45 higher than the 7700X in all three tests, but again keep in mind its using more power to do this.. The 13700K was also winning in V Ray another rendering workload with a 38 higher score compared to the 7700X, while the Corona renderer was 49 faster.
With the i7 chip. Linux, kernel, compilation was tested under Ubuntu 22.04, whereas all other tests were done with Windows 11 and again. The 13700K was completing this workload in less time, making it 33 faster than the 7700X. LLVM compilation is the only other workload Ive tested with Linux, and there was a similar gap between the two CPUs. Despite this test running for a longer amount of time. Back into Windows and Handbrake was used to convert one of my 4K 60FPS review, videos to 1080p h.265. Lower times are better here too, and the 13700K was 33 faster, here. Adobe Premiere was tested with the Puget Systems benchmark which tests things like video, playback exporting effects and more.. The 13700K was scoring 11 higher than the 7700X here. So less of a difference compared to the previous workloads., The gap gets even smaller in DaVinci Resolve another video editing program with the 13700K scoring just 7 higher than the 7700X in this one.. The differences were even smaller in Adobe Photoshop.. This test seems to like single core performance and, as we saw earlier in Cinebench, the 13700K had a 6 lead. There. Here in Photoshop were looking at a 5 higher score with the i7 which matches that.. Interestingly, in the Microsoft office, tests only Excel was doing better with Intel. AMD was scoring higher in Word, Outlook and PowerPoint, but lets be real. Either of these CPUs will be overkill for office work. Anyway. 7 Zip was used to test compression and decompression, and this is a test where AMD has traditionally beat Intel, but now the tables turn with the 13700K being 31 faster in compression and 21 faster in decompression.
Intel was better in terms of AES cryptography too. Around 20, faster in decryption and 17, faster for encryption. Geekbench tests, a bunch of various workloads, but, unlike Cinebench earlier, the 7700X had a slight lead in single core performance.. This boost seems to be due to the cryptography scores as AMDs Zen 4 offers AVX512 support, while Intels Raptor Lake does not.. The i7 still had a big 46 lead in multicore, though thanks to its extra cores and threads. On average out of all applications tested Intels Core i7 13700K was around 23 faster than AMDs Ryzen, 7 7700X. In these specific workloads., Of course, this number alone doesnt mean much as Ive got a random combination of both single and multi threaded workloads, which behave differently, but we can see that most workloads, favor Intel, while just a few, were doing better with AMD.. If we factor in CPU cost Intel is also offering better value in terms of multicore performance. Yeah, the i7 costs 50 more for the 13700K or 30 more for the 13700KF, but the extra performance its able to offer here makes it worth it.. At least in terms of raw CPU cost Im, not comparing full platform cost, and you could argue that using cheaper DDR4 memory with Intel would lower its cost. Basis. Cinebench was the best performing workload in favor of Intel, though, if we instead look at something else like Adobe Premiere, which was just 11 higher on Intel theyre much closer together from a cost versus performance perspective, so it really does depend on the specific workload you Care about.
Alright, now lets compare some games. Ive compared both processors in 24 games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions. To show you all. The differences Lets start out with Red Dead Redemption 2. Ive got the 1080p results down the bottom 1440p in the middle and 4K up, the top with the 7700X underneath the 13700K just like before. AMD was ahead in all regards here. With a 26 higher average frame rate at 1080p, but then only a minor difference at 4K. Intel was ahead in Marvels, Spider Man Remastered at least at 1080p and 1440p, where it had an 8 lead.. The i7 still had fewer dips in performance at 4K, as measured by the 1 low, but its average FPS was a little behind the 7700X, though this isnt really enough of a change that anyone would notice it when actually playing. Metro Exodus. Enhanced was back on AMDs side with the 7700X delivering a 16 higher average frame rate compared to the 13700K at 1080p.. The differences at 4K were smaller, as most games are heavily GPU bound there. So CPU selection matters far less. Halo, Infinite, on the other hand, was back to favoring the 13700K, with a 20 boost to average FPS at 1080p and 1440p. The biggest difference in favor of Intel out of all 24 games tested at these resolutions.. Like most other games, though, CPU selection hardly matters at the higher 4K resolution.. The ball is back in AMDs court for Forza Horizon 5.
. Although the differences in average FPS were on the smaller side, the dips in performance, as measured by the 1 lows, were a fair bit higher with the 7700X. So a more stable experience with AMD in this game. Total War, WARHAMMER III, barely had a difference between the two processors. Intel had a slight lead at 1080p, but then AMD had a higher 1 low at 1440p and 4K. With about the same average frame. Rates. CSGO is sensitive to CPU performance and was a game that favored the 7700X. Regardless of the resolution tested. Speaking of eSports games, the 7700X had an edge in Fortnite, reaching a 17 higher average frame rate at 1080p, 11 higher at 1440p, and then theres almost no difference at 4K.. Meanwhile Far Cry 6 had above average gains with Intel, but, as we can see here, its not exactly a big difference. Were talking about a 5 to 6 FPS increase best case, which comes out as a 3 lead at 1080p and 1440p. Microsoft. Flight Simulator was doing a bit better on AMD, but again its not really that much of a difference.. The 7700X was just 5 ahead in average FPS at 1080p, 8 ahead at 1440p and then 4 ahead at 4K.. The rest of the 14 games generally didnt, have as big of a difference between the two CPUs. I chose to spend time talking through what I thought were the 10 most interesting results so rather than waste your time well, just quickly skip through the rest of the games.
Tested. Feel free to pause. The video. If you want a closer look at any of the test results., The reason I chose to test so many different titles is so that we can get a well rounded average that better represents a wider selection of games. Instead of making our conclusion based on fewer data points. On average over all 24 games tested at 1080p Intels, Core i7 13700K was 2 and a half percent slower compared to AMDs Ryzen 7 7700X.. Only 5 of the games tested had more than a 2 FPS boost with Intel, while 11 games had a 2 or bigger difference. The other way in favor of AMD. 8 of the games had less than a percent difference in either direction so well within the margin of error, range. Stepping up to the higher 1440p resolution and the 13700K was now just 1 slower than the 7700X on average. In our 24 game, selection. Halo, Infinite and Spiderman had the biggest lead with Intel at this resolution, but many more games were doing better with AMD. Theres. Far less of a difference between the two CPUs at the higher 4K resolution. Were so GPU bound. Now that CPU choice hardly matters with 19 of the 24 games tested having less than a 2 margin one way or the other.. The outliers were Apex Legends which still seemed to prefer Intel, while CSGO Flight, Slim and Forza lean towards AMD, but again were talking small differences.
Heres. What were looking at when we take the average frame rates from all 24 games, tested to try and spot some overall trends.. I think this better illustrates just how close the two are at 4K and 1440p, while 1080p had a more noticeable gap in favor of AMDs Ryzen 7 7700X. With the 7700X, both having a lower price and performing better in most of the games. Its no surprise to see that its offering better value in terms of cost per frame., Even if you save some money and get the cheaper 13700KF without the integrated graphics, the 7700X is still a better deal.. Of course, this is only factoring in CPU price alone and not total platform costs like motherboards or DDR4 memory, with Intel, as Ive only tested with DDR5 to fairly compare performance.. Ultimately, either of these two processors are going to run games very well and although the 7700X was winning in gaming, we cant forget that the 13700K offered some nice improvements in productivity workloads thanks to its extra cores and threads.. If the workloads that youre running would benefit from extra single or multi threaded performance, then the i7 could be the way to go.. Just dont forget the higher power usage needed in order to pull it off those gains arent for free.. Although the Intel CPU does cost more money, you could offset the processor price difference by instead using better value. Ddr4 memory., Not to mention Intel motherboards, seem to be cheaper at the moment.
. That said, Intels 13th gen is the end of the line for the current socket. So, by spending more on an AM5 motherboard today, youll be able to do a drop in CPU upgrade in the future. As AMD have said, they plan on supporting AM5 through 2025. Intel, 14th gen or newer, on the other hand, would need a new motherboard upgrade.. So although Intels platform might be cheaper initially, you will need to pay more if you plan on upgrading in a few years, time. Personally Im willing to pay the extra money to get the future upgradeability but thats me.. Let me know which of these two CPUs youd pick down in the comments and if these CPUs are out of your budget, then check out this video over here next, where Ive compared Intels Core i5 13600K against AMDs Ryzen, 5 7600X.. Both are around the 300 price point and offer great performance.