Everyone was excited about Intel’s new lineup, specifically the new Core i9 series. After a lot of reports and anticipation, we finally got to see the benchmarks of the new and innovative processors (as Intel exhibits). However, these benchmarks weren’t genuine at all and were altered in a lot of ways to catch the attention of the enthusiasts who were looking to buy the i9 series as soon as they can. To our luck, the team over at Hardware Unboxed caught the loophole and took it to the public. It was pretty much heartbreaking to see a tech giant doctoring the benchmarks of their new products.

Hardware Unboxed Investigates Intel’s Commissioned Core i9-9900K Benchmarks

Intel gave commissioned Principled Technologies to drive benchmarks of the upcoming i9-9900K CPU and compare it with the older Intel CPUs and some AMD CPUs such as the AMD Ryzen 2700X, Threadripper 2990WX, and Threadripper 2950X. PCGamesN wrote a gleaming article that has since been massively altered, about how Intel’s new chip was up to 50% quicker than AMD’s best. Reading over the original PCGamesN article you’d thought that finally, Intel has come with their best innovations after ages, but that’s not the case. To PCGamesN’s credit, they did operate this article confirming that Hardware Unboxed found bias in the benchmarks, but they still have the flawed and biased Principled Technologies charts showcased on their website for all to see.

Hardware Unboxed showed us a short breakdown of a few of the benchmarks as their team got sketchy after taking a look at the benchmarks, that the i7-8700K benchmarks and the AMD Ryzen 2700X numbers were incorrect. They found that Principled Technologies had supposedly gimped the AMD CPUs by using different coolers, incorrect ram timings, and perhaps even crippled some of the cores on the AMD Ryzen 2700X. To put this into the aspect, on the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark that Hardware Unboxed ran, the AMD Ryzen 2700X was 18% faster and the i7-8700K was 4% slower than the commissioned testing methodology that Intel has published. They even showed how over a suite of games that the i7-8700K was only 9% faster than the AMD Ryzen 2700X in previous pure gaming benchmarks administered by Hardware Unboxed. Even then, in Intel’s commissioned benchmark results, the AMD Ryzen 2700X was very far behind the Intel i7-8700K in performance metrics. This is no one should trust a manufacturer’s benchmarks and everyone should wait for the reputed reviewers to review them.

For now, we’re very sketchy about the i9 series but we’ll have to wait for the complete reviews of the product from all of the reputed and trusted communities to make a decision on either we should buy it or not.

Stay tuned for more updates!