Principled Technologies retested the Core i9-9900K: 12% faster but 66% pricier than Ryzen 2700X

Posted on Saturday, Oct 13 2018 @ 10:26 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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The original report from Principled Technologies (PT), which was commissioned by Intel, received a lot ridicule due to its claim that Intel's new Core i9-9900K processor performs up to 50 percent faster than the AMD Ryzen 2700X. A close look at the test methodology revealed a lot of "mistakes" and after a ton of criticism PT decided to re-run its tests.

TechPowerUp reports the new data shows the Core i9-9900K is just 12.3 percent faster than the 2700X. The real difference could be in the single-digit range though, as PT stuck with a sub-optimal memory configuration.

Intel says they're pleased with the additional tests, which "continue to show that the 9900K is world's best gaming CPU":
Given the feedback from the tech community, we are pleased that Principled Technologies ran additional tests. They've now published these results along with even more detail on the configurations used and the rationale. The results continue to show that the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K is the world's best gaming processor. We are thankful to Principled Technologies' time and transparency throughout the process. We always appreciate feedback from the tech community and are looking forward to comprehensive third party reviews coming out on October 19.
Still, do you want to pay 66 percent more money for a CPU that is at beast 12.3 percent faster?

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