When it comes to defending the performance of its Core processors, Intel’s favorite crutch these days is its so-called “real world” performance tests, which are supposed to demonstrate how CPUs truly perform in common computing. The company has finally backed up its words with a number of slides that reveal the results of these oft-mentioned benchmarks.

Intel’s testing suggests that its 9th gen Core CPUs are superior to AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X chip in Windows desktop application performance (Sysmark 2018: i9-9900K 7% faster, i7-9700K 3% faster), AAA PC gaming (i9-9900K 6% faster, i7-9700K 2% faster), single-core compute (i9-9900K 9% faster, i7-9700K 6% faster), and web performance (i9-9900K 3% faster, i7-9700K on par with 3900X). The only test in which AMD leads is the Cinebench benchmark.

For gaming tests specifically, AMD was shown to lead only in Assassins Creed: Odyssey and Ashes of the Singularity while the Core i7-9700K fared better than its rival across multiple titles and was on-par in the rest (+/- 3%). Intel also used a real-world fluid simulation benchmark to showcase their IMC (Memory controller) performance. In this test, the Core i7-9700K finished the simulation in 15 minutes while the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X took 17 minutes to complete.

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