If Intel has anything, it’s branding, but lately the reality is that it is suffering a lot to keep up with AMD. The twist the company is hearing with the change in CEO, the 10nm increase in production, and the final farewell to Skylake as an architecture are the big incentives for a change of course. And it seems they are succeeding …
Rocket Lake-S ranks ahead of Zen 3 as the architecture with the best IPC
The blow to the Zen 3 left Intel against the ropes as if it had received a good uppercut in the middle of the jaw. No solo no podía competir en número de núcleos, sino que en IPC estaba por detrás y solo le quedaba la baza de la frecuencia para mantenerse arriba en gaming, único sector donde seguía reinando con Comet Lake-S, aunque por la mínima tras muchos años distance.
Today’s leak by APISAK in Geekbench 5 shows some very interesting data. Starting of course with the single core scores, which must be seen from an overclocking point of view for the AMD CPU.
Normally, to match the frequencies and thus compare IPC with its rival, the speeds have been adapted upwards, that is to say towards the Intel processor. Specifically, the frequency in this area was 5.28 GHz for the i9-11900K and no less than 5.24 GHz for the Ryzen 9 5950X. What score will they have reached?
Intel beats AMD by the minimum
Obviously comparing the multi-core score wouldn’t make sense if the Ryzen 9 5950X wasn’t limited to half cores, so in single-core the scores were 1892 points for the i9 and 1843 points for the Ryzen .
In other words, Intel’s processor is only 2.65% faster than AMD’s in IPC, so Intel would not only have closed the gap with its competitor, but even been able to ‘extend slightly into the main section where they failed.
Obviously, this difference will indicate an increase in the gap between the two platforms in view of their main objective, which is none other than to provide the player with the best gaming performance and to extract every last FPS from the GPU. It should also be kept in mind that the two maximum exponents of the category face each other, so if we decide to compare by number of cores (8 vs 8) it is possible that the difference is greater, since the 5800X generally does not reach the overclock frequencies of its older brother to have worse silicon.
Will Intel regain some of the lost prestige? or is this i9-11900K just a mirage?