AMD's Ryzen 5000 launch isn't far off, and hardware detective @Tum_Apisak (opens in new tab) has dug up some preliminary benchmarks for the Ryzen 9 5950X. (opens in new tab) Given the timing of the benchmark submissions (opens in new tab) the chips should be retail samples, but you should still approach the results with caution.
Being the flagship of the Zen 3 family, the Ryzen 9 5950X is nothing short of impressive. The 7nm chip features a 16-core, 32-thread configuration with 64MB of L3 cache, a 3.4 GHz base clock and boost up to 4.9 GHz. At first glance, the Ryzen 9 5950X doesn't look too different when compared to the current Ryzen 9 3950X (opens in new tab). When you really look at it, the Ryzen 9 5950X actually has a 100 MHz lower base clock, but makes up for it with a 200 MHz higher boost clock. However, the real refinement lies with the new Zen 3 microarchitecture. AMD hasn't spilled all the beans on Zen 3 yet, but you can expect more details around review time.
The Ryzen 9 5950X put up a respectable Processor Arithmetic score of 611.94 GOPS. The aggregated score for a Ryzen 9 3950X is 562.11 GOPS. The Ryzen 9 5950X is approximately 8.9% faster in this particular benchmark. When it comes to the Processor Multi-Media test, the Ryzen 9 5950X scored 2066.49 Mpix/s. The Ryzen 9 3950X averages 1650.49 Mpix/s in the same benchmark so we're looking at a remarkable 25.2% difference in the Ryzen 9 5950X's favor.
So, how does the Ryzen 9 5950X stack against its Intel rivals? The Core i9-10900K (opens in new tab) has aggregated Processor Arithmetic and Processor Multi-Media score of 400.99 GOPS and 1142.70 Mpix/s, respectively. The Ryzen 9 5950X is up to 52.6% and 80.8% faster, which isn't a complete shock since AMD's chip does have six more cores.
The Ryzen 9 5950X benchmarks don't just stop with the SiSoftware Sandra software either. The unreleased 16-core chip also did a few rounds in Geekbench 5.
The Geekbench 5 submissions (opens in new tab) are a bit tricky to decipher. It's plausible that some extreme overclocking is playing with the Ryzen 9 5950X under liquid nitrogen, which would explain the 6 GHz clock speeds. In order to hide the submissions from prying eyes, the overclock could have masked them as a Hackintosh machine. The other possibility is that it's simply an error on Geekbench 5's part to properly detect the clock speeds for the Ryzen 9 5950X.
At any rate, the resourceful tipster found a similar Ryzen 9 3900X (opens in new tab) submission to shed some light on the situation. The Ryzen 9 3900X operated at 5.89 GHz and the Ryzen 9 5950X, which is an engineering sample, at 6.02 GHz. The clock speeds aren't exactly identical, but they should give us a fair idea of the level of performance uplift, nonetheless.
The Ryzen 9 5950X had a single-core score of 2,022 points, while the Ryzen 9 3900X raked in 1,696 points. That's a whopping 19.2% improvement. According to the results, the Ryzen 9 5950X delivered 12.9% higher multi-core performance than the Ryzen 9 3900X.
Ryzen 5000 will hit the retail shelves on November 5. Don't forget to check back for our review so you're not left wondering if Zen 3 pans out to what it appears to be.