AMD Shows Intel Mercy: Security Mitigations Were Turned Off in Benchmarks

Paul’s Hardware has a new video up discussing AMD’s new Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Radeon RX 5700 GPUs.

An interesting point he makes is that AMD benchmarked Intel’s chips without any handicaps in place.

Oh, and AMD also said that they ran all of their Intel system tests that they shared today without updated software and firmware mitigations in place for these security flaws, which gives Intel a much better shot at best-case scenario performance because some of the security flaws disable their ability to use hyper threading, for example, which significantly affects performance.

Considering the fact that many Intel users will run their chips with mitigations, the performance gap could be even greater than what’s been alluded to.

It isn’t clear why AMD gave Intel this benefit, but some speculate the company is playing it safe by considering the methodology of independent testers, who will likely benchmark the chips at their full potential.

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