When AMD introduced its third generation of Ryzen processors during E3 2019, it did so with a few slides showing how they compared to their Intel equivalents. Now the people at Paul’s Hardware have confirmed that AMD’s testing methods for comparisons were completely equitable. What’s more, the red one gave all the possible advantages to the processors of the blue, even if it would be to the detriment of its own processors.
To begin with, AMD tested the Intel processors without applying the solutions from software and firmware against the latest Intel vulnerabilities. In this way, the Intel processors ran at top performance, without the security patches. On the other hand, AMD tested the two batches of processors in an older version of Windows 10, which in fact worsened the performance of their own CPUs. The latest version of the operating system, “May 2019”, added changes to the programmer that allow Windows to take better advantage of Ryzen processors. As this version of the OS is not yet widespread, the company chose to keep the comparison in a realistic framework.