One dude probably used some cheats to get that score, or the program fucked…
The Intel Core i7-11700K has blown away the competition on UserBenchmark. (Image source: Intel/UserBenchmark – edited)

The Intel Core i7-11700K has made an incredible impact at a highly contentious synthetic benchmark site. The Rocket Lake-S part has outscored the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in multi-core tests and has achieved a record average benchmark percentage of 113%, leaving the competition far behind. However, the i7-11700K managed these feats on UserBenchmark.

Obviously any article about UserBenchmark brings out a wave of criticism from those who value the services other synthetic benchmarks provide, but sometimes results deserve to be reported simply because of their outlandish nature. In this case, we have the upcoming Intel Core i7-11700K obliterating everything in its way to take control of the 1-core, 2-core, 4-core, 8-core, and average benchmark percentage charts…and it’s not even the most-powerful SKU in the Rocket Lake-S series. If the i7-11700K can blow away rivals such as the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and the Ryzen 9 5950X, by quite a margin, then it makes one wonder what miraculous results the Intel Core i9-11900K will eventually produce on the same site.

The UserBenchmark results for the 8-core, 16-thread Intel Core i7-11700K are currently based on four samples, compared to thousands for the AMD chips, with the Team Blue desktop processors apparently churning out record scores all the way from single-core benchmarks up to 8-core tests. The following table of average scores gives a snapshot of the apparent magnificence of the Rocket Lake-S part:

Intel Core i7-11700K AMD Ryzen 9 5900X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
1-core 182 points 159 points 159 points
2-core 364 points 317 points 314 points
4-core 707 points 605 points 605 points
8-core 1,240 points 1,176 points 1,190 points
Benchmark % 113% 101% 101%

Interestingly if you add the points that UserBenchmark awards in each category (normal/heavy/server), you then get a much different result thanks to the additional cores that the AMD samples wield (12 for the Ryzen 9 5900X, 16 for the Ryzen 9 5950X):

Intel Core i7-11700K AMD Ryzen 9 5900X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Normal 213 points 188 points 187 points
Heavy 973 points 890 points 898 points
Server 1,651 points 2,348 points 2,920 points
Total 2,837 points 3,426 points 4,005 points

It’s well-documented that UserBenchmark has a points-weighting system that heavily favors fewer-core workloads, which in turn will generally favor Intel parts that often outpace their AMD rivals in single-core benchmarks. The i7-11700K has already proven its processing chops in numerous leaks, but +11.88% over the best that Ryzen 5000 has to offer in average benchmark percentage and +16.86% ahead in 4-core testing seem hard to swallow, especially when the Intel Core i9-11900K has still to make an undoubtedly “astonishing” appearance on this divisive benchmark.

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Intel Core i7-11700K. (Image source: UserBenchmark)

Daniel R Deakin, 2021-03- 4 (Update: 2021-03- 4)

My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.

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