Actually the 'locked 95W' 9900K doesn't suffer nearly as badly in gaming as it does in heavily threaded apps, which makes sense. Basically no game can exhaust a 9900K thread wise, so it's never truly running at 100% load when gaming.Good point. The two big open questions are: (1) Are AMD's gaming performance claims fair and representative? (2) How overclockable is the Ryzen 3000 series?
If matching or beating i9-9900K only requires toggling an overclocking setting in BIOS or the Ryzen Master utility, then it will be hard for Intel's status as champion not to be in dispute — especially if i9-9900K has higher power use and/or cost. For i9-9900K to really stretch its legs, it has to go well beyond its rated TDP, as thoroughly explored by reviewers, and discussed elsewhere on this forum.