Intel is trying to remain champion of the processor (CPU) after the launch of the AMD Ryzen 3000-series processors, and the company's latest attempt comes in the form of benchmarks that compare the Intel Core i7- 9700K with the Ryzen 9 3900X, MSPowerUser reports.
Intel benchmark comparisons come in the form of a slide show, and show the winning Intel CPU in most cases. Benchmarks include SYSmark, MobileMark, WebXPRT and 16 video game titles.
The choice of benchmarks seems to be aimed at "a realistic day in life" according to a slide and a "better indicator of the conventional PC experience" to another. SYSMark runs real applications such as Microsoft Office programs, and both MobileMark and WebXPRT perform some typical computing tasks.
Next, Intel claimed "on a par or better" performance in a variety of video games, with the Ryzen processor only winning at Ashes of the Singularity: Climbing and Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Intel claimed Final Fantasy XV, Far Cry 5, CS: GO, PUBG and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, among other games, for itself.
Missing or hiding the point
While what Intel claims in its slides may well be the case, there is a lot of missing information, and some important considerations are not mentioned.
For example, in the benchmarks of video games, Intel claims that it has an equal or better performance, but does not indicate which of the games were only in pairs, thus giving a victory for what can only be a draw. It is also worth noting that many of the games it lists are older, such as Grand Theft Auto V, CounterStrike: GO and Crysis 3.
Another important consideration is the system configuration. We don't see a slide that shows the exact configuration of the Ryzen machine, and although Intel probably built similar machines, the Ryzen CPU performance can vary significantly depending on the installed RAM.
Then there is the great elephant in the room: use case. Intel emphasizes realistic use cases, but does not recognize that Intel Core i7-9700K and Ryzen 9 3700X are not CPUs for computer users who just want to surf the web and create spreadsheets. They are high performance components for people with serious computer needs. Benchmarks like Cinebench show how much gross performance people can get from a machine, and core counts can really be useful when it comes to creative workloads.
Ryzen 9 3900X should also be considered, such as PCIe 4.0 support, an included cooler and the possibility that future games and programs offer enhanced support for more cores and threads as chip manufacturers such as AMD and Intel continue Increasing those numbers.
Intel may be posting a victory for itself here, but we are still in our ranking of the best CPUs, which sees the Ryzen 9 3900X directly at the top.