Press criticises Intel for misleading comparisons

Between Core i9-9900K and Ryzen 7

During the last days, Intel has published several benchmarks claiming that the upcoming Core i9-9900K was up to 50 percent faster than AMD Ryzen 7 2700X in games. However these Intel-commissioned benchmarks have been called out for their misleading comparisons since the testing conditions were a bit unfair.

The comparison published from Intel includes the Core i7-8700K alongside with the Ryzen 7 2700X. While reviewers can't release details about the upcoming CPUs due to the NDA, several testers have immediately recognised that both the Ryzen 2700X and i7-8700K were a bit slower than they should have been. Many elements of the test were correct, like hardware, drivers and resolution. However the conditions for each processor were drastically different.

As Steve Walton pointed out in one of his article on Hardware Unboxed, Intel was using XMP profiles on their CPU and running the AMD CPU with different memory. To be more specific Intel has enabled on purpose the XMP profile that allows tight timings and high frequency, and has kept regular memory speed on the AMD setup.

Furthermore the tester has enabled AMD's Game mode, an utility meant for Threadripper and its high core count. If you enable this option on Ryzen, it will reduce the core count to four. Since Ashes of the Singularity benefits of all the available cores, the Core i9-9900K was 50% faster than the quad-core Ryzen 7 2700X.

According to Principled Technologies, the company that did all the testing for Intel, the benchmarks have been conducted in the proper way however they will repeat all the test with the Creator Mode enabled on the AMD system.

Source: Hardware Unboxed

News by Luca Rocchi and Marc Büchel - German Translation by Marc Büchel - Italian Translation by Francesco Daghini

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