It’s worth pointing out that it was a head-to-head match up - both are 8C/16T. It was also very, very close, with Ryzen coming out ahead by like 20 points in the benchmark. The question is whether Zen 2 is actually beating Intel on single core performance or if AMD’s microcode benefits the number crunching that Cinebench requires (256-bit float, larger FMA, etc).
If I was a betting fellow, I’d guess that it’s a bit of both. Ryzen is likely better suited to large scale parallel number crunching tasks like Cinebench (which does sort of sell it for content creation), and AMD is probably edging up on Intel for single core, which they’ll again lose ground to when Icelake drops. There’s just not enough details about Zen 2 to really know, and like you said, I’m not putting money into something without longer and better testing by third parties.
lol “you’re really good at being nerdy!” Combination of doing it since the early 80s and having careers that have kept me close to it. As I mentioned before, I’ve been out of the loop with consumer parts, so this is all recent research and I just happen to have the background to grok it. And I’ll be perfectly honest, a lot of it is just straight up geekery - there’s no reason even enthusiasts should be concerned with most of this.
My current setup was totally awesome five years ago, which means I could get almost anything and it be a noticeable improvement. I’m only hand-wringing because I can (and I have a totally irrational fear of commitment when it comes to buying parts).