While speaking with PCGamesN, Intel VP Jon Carvill called out AMD's reliance on synthetic benchmarks like Cinebench R15/R20 and Geekbench to prove its superiority. In what is basically the tech equivalent of "Come at me bro", Carvill stated, “If they want this crown come beat us in real world gaming, real world gaming should be the defining criteria that we use to assess the world’s best gaming CPU.
"I challenge you to challenge anyone that wants to compete for this crown to come meet us in real world gaming. That’s the measure that we’re going to stand by.”
It's not often that we see Intel respond in such a way to everyone's favorite underdog, but the stakes are even higher now in the processor market. Intel has been clinging to its 14nm process node for years, tweaking it as far as it can go. The company's transition to 10nm has been delayed many times, and the company is just now pushing volume production of its first 10nm Ice Lake processors. However, those chips are limited, for now, to low-power U-Series SKUs used in thin and light notebooks.
But with the move to 7nm, AMD is not only pushing the envelope with regards to instructions per clock (IPC), but it is also boosting clock speeds and core counts to beyond what Intel is currently capable of in the mainstream market. For example, AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X is a 12-core/24-thread processor priced at $499 that goes up against Intel's similarly priced 8-core/16-thread Core i9-9900K.
AMD hasn't shown off any extensive gaming benchmarks yet with its new Ryzen 3000 processors, so it remains to be seen if Intel's concerns over AMD potentially playing fast and loose with benchmarks is warranted.
But Intel isn't just calling out AMD for its efforts to claim the gaming CPU throne. Carvill also called out AMD's PCIe 4.0 push with X570, saying that gamers won't see a benefit, “not today and not in the immediate future." While that might indeed be the case with PCIe 4.0 graphics cards, newly announced PCIe 4.0 SSDs are already showing some pretty remarkable gains over their PCIe 3.0 counterparts.
Intel definitely seems a bit unsettled by Ryzen 3000 and what it could mean for the consumer desktop market. Or maybe it's just Intel looking to make some noise ahead of AMD's "Next Horizon" gaming event that is kicking off in tonight at 6PM EST. The company is rumored to give us some deeper insight into Ryzen and Radeon Navi at the event, and there are even hints that a 16-core Ryzen 9 processor could be on the docket. It's definitely a great time to be a gaming enthusiast...