AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X, a 16-core processor aimed at mainstream users (and gamers, with AMD pitching it as a ‘gaming CPU’), might not be out until September, but a performance benchmark has already leaked, and it looks quite astonishing. Discovered by prolific CPU leaker TUM_APISAK, the Geekbench 4 result shows the 16-core chip hitting a score of 5,868 for single-core and 61,072 for multi-core. Assuming the benchmark is the real deal, and actually from a genuine Ryzen 9 3950X, this represents a pretty incredible performance level. The numbers may not mean much to you in isolation, but they compare very favorably to not just AMD’s existing range, but also rival Intel products. As highlighted by one of the comments on the above tweet, a typical result for the Intel Core i9-9980XE high-end desktop processor (at stock clock speeds) is around 5,400 in single-core, and 47,000 in multi-core. And that’s a monster ‘extreme edition’ 18-core CPU with a max turbo of 4.4GHz. And the new chip very much blows away AMD’s own existing 16-core Threadripper 2950X, which as Wccftech (who first spotted the tweet) points out, averages around 4,800 and 38,000 in single and multi-core benchmarks respectively. But what we really have to remember here is that Intel’s Core i9-9980XE is priced at about $2,000 (around £1,580, AU$2,900), the Threadripper retails for $830 (around £660, AU$1,200) or so online currently, and the Ryzen 9 3950X comes with a recommended price of $749 (around £590, AU$1,080). All this would appear to make… [Read full story]
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