Intel 10nm SunnyCove CPU Faster than AMD 7nm Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 Processors in CPUZ Benchmark

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Intel has been touting its upcoming 10nm Ice Lake architecture as the biggest upgrade in performance since 2015’s Skylake, promising IPC gains of up to 40% in some workloads. The average IPC boost is still a very average 18% (over 6th Gen, not 8th or 9th), most of it coming from the more efficient 10nm node and the new Sunny Cove core architecture. AMD claims its new Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 processors boast a similar IPC gain of 15%, but this advantage is with regard to the Zen+ processors, not a five-year-old product stack.

Ice Lake, Sunny Cove, Comet lake and Matisse

A member of the Chinese Baidu forums has shared what he claims is the single-core performance chart of Intel’s 10th Gen lineup, both Comet Lake as well as Ice Lake, put head to head against AMD’s 7nm Ryzen 3000 “Matisse” processors.

Intel 10nm SunnyCove CPU Faster than AMD 7nm Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 Processors in CPUZ Benchmark

The benchmarks paint Intel’s upcoming 10th Gen lineup in a rather positive light, with the 10nm based Ice Lake (based on the new Sunny Cove Cores) beating pretty much every consumer CPU, from the Core i9-9900KS to AMD’s Ryzen 7 3800X, all the while being clocked significantly lower at 3.6-3.7GHz.

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An engineering sample of an unannounced 10nm based SunnyCove CPU can be seen with six cores and twelve threads. This part is running at 3.6GHz and easily beats the Ryzen 7 3700X (which by the way is clocked at 4.6GHz). This appears to be a future Ice Lakebased desktop, so team blue has something for enthusiasts and gamers after all in 2020.

There’s also a quadcore mobile Ice Lake chip running at 3.7GHz which quite comfortably trumps AMD’s entire Ryzen 3000 lineup. This is just one benchmark and a single-core test at that but still tells you that Intel still has a few tricks up its sleeve. There’s an octa-core Comet Lake chip as well clocked at 5.2GHz, but it’s slower than the similarly clocked i7-9700K which also has the same core/thread configuration.


A few clear-cut conclusions can be drawn from this benchmark. Firstly, Intel’s 10nm parts are indeed quite promising and should help the company fend off AMD’s Ryzen 3000 lineup, at least to some extent. Furthermore, it appears that team blue will be holding on to the IPC crown if only for a little bit longer. Another noteworthy tidbit you can draw from here is that all the 10nm parts are clocked significantly below Intel’s existing 14nm chips, meaning that the rumors about poor yields and lower clock speeds aren’t false after all. Lastly, you’ve got Comet Lake, another 14nm design stuffed into Intel’s 10th Gen product lineup, and from the looks of it, it will be nowhere as fast as Ice Lake, continuing Intel’s incremental performance jump across generations.

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Further Reading:

$399 AMD Ryzen 7 3800X Faster than $484 Intel Core i9-9900K in Geekbench

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Intel 10nm SunnyCove CPU Faster than AMD 7nm Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 Processors in CPUZ Benchmark
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  1. Regarding the Performance per dollar. Intel could never beat AMD, and now AMD with its Zen2 processors is hailing as the people’s champion with its honest and affordable pricing.
    Intel has to reduce their product price to stay competitive.

  2. I think
    It is a 3d chiplet desing having large cache size or ram above the cpu
    Intel 10 nm is as better as AMD 7 nm node design
    Looking at the cost of 14+++++ design it will cost lots more that today cpu
    As it is 3d desing it may have lower frequency
    It will arrived at 2020 q4 or 2021 q1

  3. Maybe you should compare IPC gains for AMD chips along the same timelines, since 2015 instead of 2018. Or IPC for Shintel since 2018… But likely there’s no gain that way… Yeah?

  4. Intel gotta beat with its 9thgen I5 6core/6thread based on 14nm it was overtaking Amd’s 10nmb6core /12 threads in gaming despite AMD having a extra advantage of 6threads. With this 10nm AMD is a loser

    • Sry Bro
      I am not an AMD friend but
      Computer is not only about gaming
      Computer is made for computing, Rendering , Encoding ,Decoding , Compression ,Decompression , Animation , Graphics design ,Image editing and video editing
      So Bro
      In this case ryzen is better than Intel
      So I am going for Ryzen

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