Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Ryzen was Partially Disabled in Commissioned 9900k Benchmarks

Intel commissioned Principled Technologies to run some gaming benchmarks on its new Core i9 9900k, which PCGamesN published earlier today. The results were suspicious to say the least, with the 9900k commanding a 50% performance lead over an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X in certain titles. Hardware Unboxed did some more digging, and as it turns out, the Ryzen 2700X may have been in "Game Mode" during the tests. They were able to replicate the commisioned reviewer's results by disabling a whole CCX, turning the 2700X into a four core chip. PCGamesN is still waiting for a comment from Intel. Thanks to ir0nw0lf for the tip.

This is unbelievable, I don't know if they are being extremely malicious or it's just incompetence of the highest order. How do you take note of every last setting to be documented but not realize just 4-core/8-threads are active on an 8-core/16-thread processor?