Hygon 8-core Chinese CPU matches Zen 2 multi-threaded performance in Geekbench

Tongfang Chaoxiang H880-T3M Desktop
(Image credit: Bilibili)

China's homemade CPUs have not been very competitive compared to Western competitors, but that appears to be changing. According to IT Home, a desktop sporting a Hygon C86 3350 CPU was benchmarked by a Bilibili content creator on Geekbench, showing Zen 2 levels of performance.

The chip was benchmarked inside a Tsinghua H880-T3M desktop PC aimed at government and enterprise customers. The unit sports 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a mysterious 2GB graphics card. Strangely, the Geekbench results say the system has 64GB of memory, so take the RAM rating with a grain of salt. The processor itself is an 8-core SKU featuring a base frequency of 3GHz.

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CPUsSingle-CoreMulti-Core
Hygon C86 33509845,379
Ryzen 5 35001,5005,380

In Geekbench 6.3.0, the Hygon C86 3350 managed a single-core score of 984 and a multi-core score of 5,379 points. The chip's performance is very close to the Ryzen 5 3500 in the same benchmark, particularly its multi-threaded performance. The Ryzen chip features a score of 1,500 points for single-core performance and 5,380 for multi-core performance.

Single-core performance is obviously a weak spot for the Chinese CPU, but its multi-core performance is at least comparable to the Ryzen 5 3500. That might sound generous given that we are comparing an eight core CPU to a six core part, but you'll see in a moment why this is still a performance win for the Chinese chip.

When we last looked at a Hygon CPU, the company barely achieved first-generation Zen performance levels. In fact, this previous chip, with its eight cores, was so bad that it took two of these CPUs (the C86 3185) to outperform the Ryzen 5 5600X in multi-core testing. Even then, the performance gap was not much, given that the two Hygon CPUs had 32 cores combined, compared to the Ryzen 5's six.

The Hygon C86 3350 is a much different story. Its multi-threaded performance is comparable to Zen 2's with almost the same core count. On top of this, it attains this performance level with just a single chip rather than two. This is a big step forward and shows that Hygon is progressing in its CPU development.

Sadly, due to Chinese intervention, getting more details about Hygon's chips is nearly impossible beyond the most basic specifications. However, it is interesting to see how the CPU manufacturer is developing despite its limited scope.

Aaron Klotz
Freelance News Writer

Aaron Klotz is a freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US, covering news topics related to computer hardware such as CPUs, and graphics cards.

  • Metal Messiah.
    "In fact, this previous chip, with its eight cores, was so bad that it took two of these CPUs (the C86 3185) to outperform the Ryzen 5 5600X in multi-core testing. Even then, the performance gap was not much, given that the two Hygon CPUs had 32 cores combined, compared to the Ryzen 5's six."

    Should be 16 cores, no ? Not 32. Two C86 3185 processors, amounting to 16 total first-gen Zen cores.
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  • JamesJones44
    Still fairly weak performance per core. Hasswell had about equal performance in single core. Slap 2 more cores on Hasswell and it likely meets the multi core score. That means these processors are about 10 years behind still in terms of general performance per core.
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  • ThomasKinsley
    Seems they used more RAM to get that benchmark, so it's not going to run as fast with only 8GB of RAM. But since it's intended for office suite, email and some light internet usage with privacy, it is more than enough.

    I'm also curious about the OS. Judging from the image below, "KOS" must be Kylin Operating System, and I'm guessing it's not the Open or Ubuntu flavors either. I'm not up to date on their software as I am on their hardware. How does it stack up to regular Ubuntu or even Deepin?

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  • user7007
    fast enough for basic office work. not very exciting but nothing wrong with that.
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  • Pierce2623
    Since this is Geekbench, they probably used ddr5 to give it a higher score than it really deserved in comparison to ddr4 platforms, since Geekbench scales unreasonably well on RAM frequency.
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  • usertests
    user7007 said:
    fast enough for basic office work. not very exciting but nothing wrong with that.
    If I'm not mistaken, Hygon CPUs are x86 compatible, no translation needed. These scores might as well be compared to a 1600X which gets similar multi-threaded scores and single-threaded in between the Hygon and Ryzen 5 3500. This could be enough for many games to run at 30-60 FPS.

    https://browser.geekbench.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=Ryzen+1600X
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  • jp7189
    I seem to recall a joint venture between amd and hygon where amd sold an x86 license and zen 1 plan so that hygon could manufacture a home grown zen 1 counterpart. If I'm remembering that correctly, that means it took 8+ years for hygon to progress from zen 1 to zen 2 without amd's help.
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