Clash between Intel and AMD processors


Although Intel is the world’s largest processor maker, it has had its work cut out for it, with AMD’s market share steadily increasing since the third quarter of 2016 as it pioneered the chip giant in its new generation of processors.

As the dominant players in the central processing unit (CPU) market, AMD and Intel compete for market share in South Africa and internationally.

According market share data from, AMD has taken nearly 18% of Intel’s share since the third quarter of 2016.

Intel held an 82.5% market share in the third quarter of 2016, while AMD held 17.5%. However, by the second quarter of 2022, Intel’s share had fallen to 64.7%, while AMD’s had climbed to 35.2%.

AMD’s top-end 5000 series processor is the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, while Intel’s top-end processor is its Core i9-12900KS.

NanoReview compared the two CPUs through a series of benchmarks related to productivity and gaming.

Intel’s Core i9-12900KS outperformed the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor in single-core and multi-core Cinebench R23, Passmark CPU, and Geekbench 5 tests.

The Core i9-12900KS earned a 49% better single-core score than AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D, and a 104% better multi-core score.

It should be noted that NanoReview found the Ryzen 7 5800X3D to be superior in terms of power efficiency.

However, the Intel Core i9-12900KS processor significantly outperformed AMD’s processor in NanoReview’s single-core and multi-core performance tests. He gave the Core i9-1900KS an overall score of 91, compared to 74 for the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D.

Material and price

South African hardware retailers stock the latest generation processors from both manufacturers.

Although AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D is outperformed by Intel’s high-end processor, there is a significant price difference between the two.

The Intel Core i9-12900KS is available for R15,099, while South Africans can pick up AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D for much cheaper at R10,699.

AMD’s lower-tier 5000-series processors are also slightly cheaper than their Intel counterparts.

The lowest end of AMD’s latest processors – the Ryzen 3 4100 – can be had for R2,048, while its closest Intel counterpart, the Core i3-12100F, costs R2,137.

South Africans can pick up the 6-core, 12-thread AMD Ryzen 5 5500 for R2,649, while Intel’s Core i5-12500 with similar specifications is available for R4,591, or 73% more.

It is important to understand the naming convention for Intel and AMD processors.

Ryzen processors with the “G” suffix feature integrated graphics, while Intel processors with the “F” suffix include integrated graphics.

Likewise, only Intel CPUs with the “K” suffix can be overclocked, while all AMD CPUs offer the ability to overclock.

Below are the specs and prices for the AMD Ryzen 5000 series and 12th Gen Intel Core processors. The price comes from wooware, Progenixand Evetech. Only processors released in 2022 were considered for comparison.

Processor Cores Son Basic Clock Boost clock PDT Price
12th Generation Intel Core
Intel Core i3-12100F 4 8 3.3GHz 4.3GHz 58W R2,137
Intel Core i5-12400F 6 12 2.5GHz 4.4GHz 65W R3,624
Intel Core i5-12500 6 12 3.0GHz 4.6GHz 65W R4,591
Intel Core i5-12600 6 12 3.3GHz 4.98Hz 65W R4,980
Intel Core i7-12700F 12 (8 core P / 4 core E) 20 2.1GHz 4.9GHz 65W R7,316
Intel Core i7-12700 12 (8 core P / 4 core E) 20 2.1GHz 4.8GHz 65W R7,352
Intel Core i7-12700KF 12 (8 core P / 4 core E) 20 3.6GHz 4.9GHz 125W R8,999
Intel Core i9-12900F 16 (8 core P / 8 core E) 24 2.4GHz 5.1GHz 65W R9,499
Intel Core i9-12900 16 (8 core P / 8 core E) 24 2.4GHz 5.1GHz 65W R10,673
Intel Core i9-12900KS 16 24 4.3GHz 5.5GHz 150W R15,099
AMD Ryzen 5000 Series
AMD Ryzen 3 4100 4 8 3.8GHz 4.0GHz 65W R2,048
AMD Ryzen5 4500 6 12 3.6GHz 4.1GHz 65W R2,425
AMD Ryzen 5 4600G 6 12 3.7GHz 4.2GHz 65W R3,077
AMD Ryzen5 5500 6 12 3.6GHz 4.2GHz 65W R2,649
AMD Ryzen 5 5600 6 12 3.5GHz 4.4GHz 65W R3,399
AMD Ryzen 7 5700X 8 16 3.4GHz 4.6GHz 65W R5,299
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D 8 16 3.4GHz 4.5GHz 105W R8,299

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