AMD Ryzen 7 2000-series 8-core/16 thread CPU perfomance gets leaked
The 12 nm Zen+ desktop CPUs are almost ready for release and it seems like a few pre-production samples got into the hands of some lucky reviewers. Performance info for the Ryzen 5 2600 has already been leaked, while details on the Ryzen 7 2700X specs were unveiled last weekend, and now the guys over at HWBattle managed to benchmark a Zen+ CPU that appears to be more powerful than the 2700X.
The actual denomination of the CPU was not revealed, but, if the number of cores/threads is any indication, the chip should be part of the Ryzen 7 family. Thus, the unnamed CPU comes with 8-cores/16-threads clocked at 3.7 GHz by default, while boost clocks can reach up to 4.35 GHz thanks to AMD’s XFR (Extended Frequency Range) 2.0 technology. The benchmarks were conducted using an ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac mobo. Even though AMD said the Zen+ CPUs would be compatible with the X370 chipset and the tests ran by HWBattle certainly attest to this, the company will also release a new X470 chipset with extended power delivery features for higher boost clocks.
HWBattle tested the unnamed Ryzen 7 CPU in MAXON’s Cinebench R15, FutureMark’s 3DMark FireStrike Ultra and SiSoft’s Sandra Arithmetic suites and the results show marginal improvements over the original Ryzen 7 1700X/1800X models launched in 2017. The upcoming Zen+ CPU is also slightly better than the Intel Core i7-8700K in almost all tests.
Since this is a pre-production sample, performance could be improved by April, when the Zen+ chips are expected to be released. Even if the price is comparable to that of the i7-8700K, with such minimal performance gains, an upgrade from the current Ryzen 7 CPUs is clearly not needed, and those who are thinking of pulling the trigger on a major system upgrade might want to wait a bit more for the Zen 2 architecture that should launch in early 2019.