AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Benchmark Leaks From Dell Alienware Aurora Desktop

(Image credit: Future)

A GeekBench 4 benchmark for the Ryzen 9 3950X has leaked, and not only do we get a hint of the performance AMD's mainstream 16 core CPU is set to deliver, but also that Dell will likely launch an Aurora-branded desktop featuring the 3950X with up to 32 GB of memory.

It's not hard to see why Dell might want to launch a gaming PC based on the 3950X (similar to how Threadripper first debuted on the Alienware Area 51 PC) when considering this benchmark: the 3950X is extremely fast. It's just a hair slower than the Intel Core i9-10980XE in single-threaded tasks that we've seen submitted to the public GeekBench database, and is actually significantly faster, by about 16%, in multi-threaded tasks despite having fewer cores. We do have to caution that both of those results could be from pre-production silicon, though, meaning they might not be representative of actual performance.

(Image credit: Future)

This benchmark might not be representative of the 3950X's average performance in workstation tasks, and it's hard to tell how the 3950X will perform in gaming. It will likely be comparable to the 3900X, and with that kind of performance, we will likely see the 3950X and the -10980XE deliver a similar gaming experience.

While this leaked benchmark is important because it shows us a snippet of the 3950X's performance, it's also important to note that winning OEM designs is necessary for AMD to win more of the desktop market. AMD has made great gains in the desktop market, especially in the DIY PC segment, but Intel still controls the vast majority of the market. These prebuilt PCs are high volume products and also help AMD attain higher visibility in the PC gaming space. 

For AMD, the 3950X won't really be a high volume product relative to the whole market, but it will certainly be a product that enhances its prestige and positions it as a performance leader, at least in some aspects. It's hard to tell at this point if Dell will be the only OEM offering 3950X prebuilts, but if they are, it's rational to assume the Alienware brand will have some new high-powered additions that vie for performance leadership.

Matthew Connatser

Matthew Connatser is a freelancing writer for Tom's Hardware US. He writes articles about CPUs, GPUs, SSDs, and computers in general.

  • slash3
    Max frequency 4441, memory speed at 2933MT. Hmm.
  • McGaz
    I've just seen this too:

    Single core performance very slightly ahead.
  • joeblowsmynose
    Can we stop trying to compare GB scores on entirely different system setups run on different versions of Geekbench?

    Geekbench is already unpredictable and weird in the way it calculates scoring -- even on the same version and same machine setup I have seen (via GN) the 9700k beat the 9900k in muti-threaded score. Steve ran the test several times and it was consistent. I wish people would stop using it for a general performance metric.

    3950x and 10980XE will be out soon enough ... wait for reviews.
  • w_barath
    Dell will likely launch an Aurora-branded desktop featuring the 3950X with up to 32 GB of memory.

    You're joking. That will not be the upper limit. Probably 128GB will be the upper limit. Possible even 256GB. Hell my Skylake laptop has 32GB of RAM.