AMD Ryzen 9 7950X runs hot in early benchmark

An early sample of AMD’s Ryzen 7950X processor, including benchmark, has surfaced in the CPU-Z database.

The results of the benchmark, including plenty of details, were picked up by hardware insider @Tum_Apisak. The full results page of CPU-Z validates the results, which don’t exactly put AMD in the best light.

The latest Ryzen 9 appears to be making minimal progress in this particular benchmark. A competing previous-generation Core i7 narrowly trumps AMD’s flagship in single-thread performance: 790 points, versus AMD’s score of 787.

In multi-threading, the 16-core processor tops the list with 15,824 points, surpassed only by an early sample of Intel’s upcoming Core i9-13900K, with 24 cores (8 Performance + 16 Efficiency).

The early score — presumably from a retail processor — may be less relevant than other benchmark details. For example, the Ryzen 9 7950X has set the benchmark at an average clock frequency of 5.2 GHz, far below the new 5.7 GHz boost frequency that AMD promises. Nevertheless, the CPU still used 170 watts of power, the TDP of the chip specified by AMD.

That wattage also makes the new processor seem pretty hot. During the CPU-Z benchmark, the 7950X peaked at a relatively high 91 degrees Celsius. That said, it remains unclear what cooling solution was used in this early set-up.

AMD’s first Ryzen 7000 processors, including the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X, will be officially released on September 27. During the month of September, the first compatible AM5 motherboards (starting with the X670 and X670E chipsets) should also be gradually rolled out.

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