Then again it could also just be related to reports of it causing some macs not to be able to reboot after install. The only fix was booting safe mode and manually removing the kernel extension.
Yikes, If that's true I'd bet that's the case. A bad kext that prevents booting would be a horrible experience.
brew cask install intel-power-gadget
Actually you can still download the app
https://software.intel.com/file/641033/download (direct link)
I know everyone likes to bash Apple at every opportunity but stating the fact that the i9 model throttles is _not_ inflammatory.
The better question is, how much does it matter? The machine still has 6-cores. MKBHD was still noticing a 15% performance increase (vs. last gen) without new, updated builds of Final cut etc.
So if you manually adjust the fan speeds (plenty of apps that do this) you can get significantly (10-15%) better performance.
And benchmarks should be changed to run for longer time periods or else it's not showing actual performance indication.
But that's yet to be seen. As of this moment in time you're correct.. buying the i9 model makes zero sense.
What's the evidence for this? I'd love a faster multi-core processor, but only to accelerate tasks which complete in a relatively small amount of time already.
IMHO this "grasping at straws" is a sign of the end of actual performance improvements. From the start of the PC through perhaps the mid 2000s you could run the same software, and each new generation of processor would show a measurable (and often dramatic) improvement.
$ perf stat -e 'power/energy-cores/' sleep 1
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