For reasons unbeknownst to me, Ashes of the Singularity benchmark remains a popular prototype benchmarking tool for testers all around the world. Fortunately for us, this means we can take a look at the performance of CPUs and GPUs before they are actually released. While the sneak peeks definitely help, it is also useful to keep in mind that most of these benchmarks are done on engineering samples and/or with preliminary drivers & bios - so should always be taken with a grain of salt as they may not be indicative of final performance.
Intel Core i9-9900k scores 11.5% higher against the older 8700k in preliminary Ashes of the Singularity CPU Benchmark
For Intel's upcoming Core i9-9900K CPU, TUMAPISAK - a well-known leaker, decided to let out some hidden benchmarks from the AoTs metaverse. I was not able to find these in the public directory so they have either been removed or were never in the public directory, to begin with (there are ways to crawl benchmarks that have not been publicly posted). The benchmarks pit the Core i9-9900k against the last generation mainstream flagship - the Core i7-8700k.
It's important to mention here that to gauge the actual CPU performance difference you should be looking at the "CPU framerate" and not the generic framerate. The former is a better indicator of performance differences while the latter is what you can usually realistically expect in real life gaming scenarios (in which even an 8400 would suffice for most AAA games). The preset used is the Crazy 4k preset which is not exactly ideal since it will make the GPU the bottleneck (the lower the resolution, the easier it is for the GPU to churn out frames and the harder it gets for the CPU to catch up) but thankfully we have CPU framerates to make a good comparison.
The biggest difference can be seen in the Heavy Batch, with the Core i9-9900k scoring a CPU framerate of 67.4 while the Core i7-8700k clocks in at a much lower 55.2 fps. A similar story exists in the Normal batch with the Core i9-9900k scoring 94.2 fps and the 8700k following behind at a decent 85.6 fps. Overall, the Core i9-9900k scores an average 77.2 fps while the 8700k scores an average 69.2 fps. This is a pretty impressive gaming performance differential considering higher CPU throughput rarely translates into an increased gaming FPS.
The Core i9-9900k is the flagship part of Intel's upcoming 9th generation lineup and will feature 8 cores with hyperthreading enabled (8 cores / 16 threads). The real fun comparison will be between the core i9-9900k and the Core i7-9700K which also has 8 cores but with no hyperthreading (8 cores / 8 threads). Supposedly the Core i9-9900k can boost to an absolutely massive 5 GHz clock on air when dealing with single core/dual core turbos and up to 4.7GHz on all 8 cores. All 9th generation parts are fabbed on the 14nm++ process and MSRP has already leaked out.
Intel 9th Generation Core Family CPU Official Specifications:
|Processor Name||Process||Cores / Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock||Cache||TDP||Price|
|Core i9-9900KS||14nm++||8 / 16||3.6 GHz||5.0 GHz (8 Cores)||16 MB||127W||$513 US|
|Core i9-9900K||14nm++||8 / 16||3.6 GHz||5.0 GHz||16 MB||95W||$488 US|
|Core i9-9900KF||14nm++||8 / 16||3.6 GHz||5.0 GHz||16 MB||95W||$488 US|
|Core i7-9700K||14nm++||8 / 8||3.6 GHz||4.9 GHz||12 MB||95W||$374 US|
|Core i7-9700KF||14nm++||8 / 8||3.6 GHz||4.9 GHz||12 MB||95W||$374 US|
|Core i5-9600K||14nm++||6 / 6||3.7 GHz||4.6 GHz||9 MB||95W||$262 US|
|Core i5-9600KF||14nm++||6 / 6||3.7 GHz||4.6 GHz||9 MB||95W||$262 US|
|Core i5-9600||14nm++||6 / 6||3.1 GHz||4.5 GHz||9 MB||65W||TBD|
|Core i5-9500||14nm++||6 / 6||3.0 GHz||4.3 GHz||9 MB||65W||TBD|
|Core i5-9400||14nm++||6 / 6||2.9 GHz||4.1 GHz||9 MB||65W||$182|
|Core i5-9400T||14nm++||6 / 6||1.8 GHz||3.4 GHz||9 MB||35W||TBD|
|Core i3-9350KF||14nm++||4/4||4.0 GHz||4.6 GHz||8 MB||91W||TBD|
|Core i3-9100||14nm++||4 / 4||TBD||4.2 GHz||6 MB||65W||TBD|
|Core i3-9000||14nm++||4 / 4||3.7 GHz||N/A||6 MB||65W||TBD|
|Core i3-9000T||14nm++||4 / 4||3.2 GHz||N/A||6 MB||35W||TBD|