As if the leak of the Intel Refresh leak were not so widespread, the first review of the Intel Core i7-9700K rumors appeared well before the official announcement.
The very first Intel Core i7-9700K review comes via El Chapuzas Informatico and it seems to confirm all the rumors we've heard so far. This includes the 14nm architecture, the 8-cores / 8-wire layout and the complete absence of hyperthreading, as well as the maximum 4.9 GHz boost clock on single-core (4.6 GHz boost in all cores).
More importantly, the review reportedly contains full benchmarks that show a disappointingly small improvement in performance compared to the latest generation chips.
Tests such as Cinebench R15 show that the 9700K performs 300 points under the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and only 50 points ahead of the latest generation Intel Core i7-8700K. The CPU CPU's CPU CPU refreshed performs better on gaming benchmarks such as 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy, as well as Unigine Heaven 4.0, but that's hardly the case.
In the field of gaming, the 9700K achieves only 10 frames more than AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Intel Core i7-8700K in titles like Battlefield 1 and Far Cry 5.
Easy to fabricate
Before we make too much of this self-proclaimed first official review, it's very easy to give Photoshop a screenshot of the CPU-Z interface. It would be child's play to spoof our own screenshot to say that we are the Intel Core i9-10700K if we wanted to, and the same applies to the image of the chip.
Similarly, there is no way to check the validity of these benchmarks, and they would have been fully compensated with random numbers. We are also a bit skeptical because these benchmarks are diametrically opposed to the impressive performance we've seen in other Intel Core i7-9700K leaks – regardless of what we have been skeptical of all benchmark data so far.
Regardless of whether this assessment can be trusted, you can be sure that we will have our own assessment in the near future.
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