Benchmarks start to verify AMD’s claims.
Recap: AMD announced the 7000-series last week, with a September 27 launch date. If you missed our event recap, the bottom line is that these processors will consume massive amounts of power to achieve astronomical clock speeds. Still, they will otherwise be very similar to their predecessors.
AMD’s flagship, the Ryzen 9 7950X, will cost $100 less than the 5950X, which will cost $700. It has 16 cores and 32 threads, a boost clock of 5.7 GHz, and a base clock of 4.5 GHz. These speeds, combined with increased cache capacity and other IPC improvements, result in a 29% increase in single-core performance over the 5950X, according to AMD.
So it’s not surprising that it outperformed the 5950X in the first leaked benchmarks. The 7950X, like the 7700X and 7600X, has been put through the Cinebench R23 render test.
Last week, enthusiasts in China acquired several engineering and production samples and began publishing benchmark results. Some of their posts have already been removed, but higher scores appear daily. They all claim that their scores were obtained without overclocking, which is reasonable given that the flagship Ryzen processors have notoriously little overclocking headroom.
Take these figures with a grain of salt, though. So far, the highest multi-core score obtained is 38,984 points. It comes from a Chiphell forums screenshot of an engineering sample running the benchmark.
Another example is Twitter user “Raichu,” who received 37,452 points for a production sample. Raichu also revealed some additional details, including that their CPU had an all-core clock speed of 5.1 GHz and consumed 240 W during the benchmark, resulting in temperatures of up to 96° C despite a 360 mm AIO watercooler. Read Also; AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Vs Ryzen 7 5800X3D
Screenshots of yet another production sample running the benchmark, posted to Baidu, show the processor scoring 36,256 points with an unspecified water cooling solution. When only an air cooler was used, the same processor only scored 29,649 points (not a very good one, evidently).
For context, the 5950X can be pushed to 30,000 points with minimal effort and typically lands in most systems’ 25,000 – 30,000 point range. It can go higher, but it also has temperature issues. Using 30,000 as a baseline, the 7950X is 20-30% faster than the leaked results, close to the 29% figure AMD promised.
For those willing to take it with a grain of salt, you can also compare the 7950X results to last month’s leaked Intel Core i9-13900K results. Intel’s upcoming flagship scored 40,616 points when consuming more than 340 W and 35,693 points when limited to 240 W.
In Cinebench R23, the 7950X outperforms the 5950X and 13900K, proving itself a worthy inheritor of the Ryzen crown if the numbers are correct. Stay tuned for our upcoming reviews of the 7950X and the 7900X, 7700X, and 7600X, in which we’ll provide a thorough analysis.
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