Principled Technologies issued an updated game test report to respond to the controversy around the last game observation report. As expected, the adjusted test conditions resulted in better performance for AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X.
The original report, which was paid by Intel, pitted AMD's Ryzen processors against Intel's new range of Coffee Lake Refresh processors. A closer examination of the results showed some test conditions that could obviously be achieved in favor of Intel's processor, including using a smaller capacity CPU cooler on AMD's chip and disabling half of the kernels on an AMD Ryzen processor.
Principled Technologies issued a statement on the new reports, indicating that it had tested all AMD processors in Creator Mode. As expected, Creator Mode gave "the best gaming performance at 2700X." Threadripper processors gave the best performance in the game mode test used in the original report.
Intel also gave a statement:
"Given the technological community feedback, we are pleased that Principled Technologies ran further tests. They have now published these results together with even more detailed information about the configurations used and the reasons. still shows that the 9th Intel Core i9-9900K is the world's best game processor. We are grateful for Principled Technologies' time and openness throughout this process. We appreciate feedback from the technical community and look forward to comprehensive third-party criticisms. coming out October 19th. "
Principled Technologies originally tested Ryzen 7 2700X in game mode, making the 8-core processor a quad-core chip. It would obviously penalize the processors in many of the multi-threaded games. The second test period includes both the original game mode test and a retest with 2700Xs original creator mode. This allows the processor to use the entire handle of its eight cores and sixteen threads, which resulted in performance improvements in several of the 19 game titles. The report also includes testing of Threadripper processors in Creator Mode, although we see the expected mix of performance improvements and regressions with the changes.
Enthusiasts raised the alarm about the refrigeration solution used on the Ryzen 7 2700X. As we know, harder coolers may affect performance, but the company maintains the AMD cooler again in the tests, so the potential problem is not solved.
A cooler on AMD processor can improve performance by allowing it to take full advantage of its XFR boost rates. As we have proven earlier, improved cooling benefits both AMD and Intel's chips, because the processors can operate at their Boost frequencies more often, and then maintain the increased clock speed for longer periods. The company leaves itself open for some criticism not to test again with a more capable of cooling or giving test data to prove that the cooler did not affect the test results in its specific testbed configuration. Performance attributes attributable to the cooler may be weak to non-existent with open-air benches, so it may not affect the results, but the problem may be more pronounced in cases of limited airflow. We have now come to Principled Technologies for more details.
We've seen misleading reports from the past from almost all vendors, so we always recommend readers to wait for reviews instead of picking down their hard earned money based solely on vendor-provided or ordered reference targets. We will publish our full review on October 19 at 9.00 ET.