1440p Gaming — R7 2700X vs i9-10900K — Does it Matter on a $250 GPU?

  • Published on:  Friday, September 25, 2020
  • Want to play games at 1440p 144Hz? Does your CPU choice ACTUALLY matter when using a $250 Graphics card like a GTX 1660 TI? Today, we're comparing the R7 2700X & i9-10900K to answer that question!
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    The video card tested today is the MSI GTX 1660 TI 6GB Gaming X, however any model will provide more or less the same performance. This card has a better cooler and makes less noise than most.

    — 3 Levels of GTX 1660 Graphics Cards —
    GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 - @Newegg https://pcdeal.tv/32ULaBh - @Amazon https://amzn.to/35tdHRE - @EBay https://pcdeal.tv/3hkDNZk
    GTX 1660 Super 6GB GDDR6 - @Newegg https://pcdeal.tv/3hs0UkM - @Amazon https://amzn.to/2FbeKLi - @EBay https://pcdeal.tv/32iuDbi
    GTX 1660 TI 6GB GDDR6 - @Newegg https://pcdeal.tv/32iuzby - @Amazon https://amzn.to/3hpLNId - @EBay https://pcdeal.tv/3meoKEb

    These 3 cards are listed in order of performance, however they aren't actually that far apart in general. Under $200 for the first card, just over $200 for the Super, and under $250 for the TI are the current going rates.

    The competing card from AMD is the RX 5600 XT 6GB, it's about 10% faster and costs about the same as the GTX 1660 TI

    RX 5600 XT 6GB - @Newegg https://pcdeal.tv/33u4PbE - @Amazon https://amzn.to/3kmIdR9 - @EBay https://pcdeal.tv/2RwRqtL

    If you fancy a USED GPU, the GTX 1070 is very similar in performance to what you saw here today
    GTX 1070 8GB - @EBay https://pcdeal.tv/3iCv0TY

    The Intel CPU used for today's test is the i9-10900K, however the i9-10850K is effectively the same chip, but less expensive. Both will run at 5GHz without complaint, neither runs at 5.2+GHz without monster cooling.

    i9-10850K - @Newegg Avengers Box https://pcdeal.tv/3c4tSWA Standard Box https://pcdeal.tv/3mpfVax - @Amazon https://amzn.to/3moNGbX - @EBay https://pcdeal.tv/3c4vwYg

    The AMD CPU used for today's test is the Ryzen 7 2700X. Unless it is under $150, I would skip buying it today and get a 3700X, or the upcoming 5700X when it launches.

    However, while I wouldn't rush out to buy a 2700X NEW today, I wouldn't replace it either unless you're a premium gamer, as this video shows. Keep it for another year or two and wait to see what the new LGA 1700 and AM5 platforms bring from Intel and AMD respectively.

    Ryzen 7 2700X - @Amazon https://amzn.to/2qwM8R9 - @Newegg https://pcdeal.tv/362bEkn - @EBay https://pcdeal.tv/2Yj8Xbr
    Ryzen 7 3700X - @Amazon https://amzn.to/2XwgJl3 - @Newegg https://pcdeal.tv/2JjSD4z - @EBay https://pcdeal.tv/2XJqyMV


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