The Intel - Principled Technologies benchmarks fiasco

Posted on Thursday, Oct 11 2018 @ 13:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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The tech scandal of the month concerns the "independent comparison" that Intel commissioned from Principled Technologies. Along with the launch of its 9th Gen Core processors, the chip giant showed benchmark results that promised massive performance gains versus AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X.

Various tech sites jumped on this as it was clear that there was something very odd with these benchmarks. GamersNexus analyzed the results in-depth and had an interview with Principled Technologies, giving the company the chance to explain how it reached its results:

TechPowerUp has some more analysis over here. Here's a small snippet:
The Principled Technologies response contains no explanation as to why they used four memory modules, or a 4-module + dual-rank module configuration for mainstream desktop processors that feature dual-channel memory controllers. It has been common knowledge for close to two years now, that AMD Ryzen processors offer stunted performance when saddled with dual-rank memory modules, more so when all four memory slots of the motherboard are populated.
Basically, best to ignore these results and wait until the NDA expires to check reviews from your favorite tech sites.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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