UserBenchmark goes to war with AMD as Ryzen 5 7600X takes down Intel Core i9-13900 in single-core speed comparison
It’s long been believed that UserBenchmark has shown an unfair bias toward Intel in its average bench scoring, something which we have touched on before. However, the much-maligned synthetic benchmark has remained useful to tipsters for spotting new engineering samples being tested, as happened recently when APISAK noticed what appears to be a Zen 4 Raphael Ryzen 5 7600X chip being put through its paces. However, the apparent praiseworthy results of the Ryzen 7000 processor have seemingly left a bitter taste with UserBenchmark, which has now resorted to unveiled insult and unprofessional comments in a bid to fight back against the perceived AMD threat.
Firstly, the site has already been accused of skewing results, with the AMD Ryzen 5 7600X reportedly the highest-ranked chip on the site before it was slotted into second place in the benchmark’s rankings, just behind the Intel Core i9-12900KS. On top of that, not only has AMD now been renamed “Advanced Marketing Devices” (and not “Advanced Micro Devices”) but Team Red’s chip has also been unceremoniously labeled as part of the “Zen 4 Hype Train”. All companies hype their latest and greatest new products, including Intel, but UserBenchmark is convinced that AMD controls “hundreds of ‘news’ outlets”. When Team Blue took a risk with Alder Lake by choosing a hybrid architecture to show it could innovate and be competitive, we praised the company for it and frequently lauded impressive chips such as the i9-12900K.
It’s too early to say just how good Zen 4 may (or may not) be, but the signs are looking good for PC builders who want to enjoy a choice in products. But Raptor Lake also looks promising, with the i9-13900K showing terrific multi-core performance gains over its predecessor. Raptor Lake vs. Raphael Zen 4 is going to be an exciting competition for all involved, with the AMD Ryzen 5 7600X taking a little first blood on UserBenchmark against both the i9-12900K and apparently an engineering sample of an i9-13900. The Zen 4 part is awarded a +3% speed gain over its Raptor Lake rival, along with a decent +14% lead in single-core benchmarking. The i9-13900 sample is registered as a 24-core (8P + 16E) part here, so it understandably leads over the 6-core Ryzen 5 7600X in multi-core tests.
But instead of being excited about the prospect of Team Red having produced the goods, or even relishing a cracking Intel vs. AMD showdown that should benefit the consumer, UserBenchmark has reduced its credibility levels further by simply attacking the latter, finishing an SKU description with: “if Zen 4 actually delivers anywhere near a 57% single core uplift, we will bow down, call AMD king, and commit seppuku”. This is in regard to the Ryzen 5 7600X sample showing an apparent +56% gain over the Ryzen 5 5600X in single-core speed. It’s likely there will be many DIY builders and desktop PC enthusiasts hoping for that to come true.