AMD Ryzen 7 7700X fails to hold up against the Core i7-13700K despite performing 25% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X in Cinebench R20
With the AMD Ryzen 7000 Raphael processors due to be announced on August 29, leakers have begun dumping everything they have on Zen 4. Bilibili leaker Extreme Player (via HXL) has been a thorn on Intel's side thanks to his numerous Raptor Lake leaks. Now, the tipster has shifted focus to Team Red by providing a sneak peek into the Ryzen 7 7700X's performance. The processor has base and boost clocks of 4.4 GHz and 5.4 GHz respectively. In Cinebench R20, the Zen 4 processor nets single-thread scores of 773 and a multi-thread score of 7,701. That represents a healthy 25% and 30% single and multi-threaded performance increase over the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, which scored 625 and 6,071 according to our benchmark database.
While that is an impressive performance uplift generation-over-generation, the Ryzen 7 7700X can't hold a candle to the Intel Core i7-13700K. According to an earlier leak, the Raptor Lake processor scored 814 and 11,243 on Cinebench R20's single and multi-threaded test. Twitter user @Harukaze5719 made an excellent graph comparing the performance between current and previous generation processors. The disparity in the multi-threaded score is likely due to the extra E cores and the single-threaded victory can be attributed to the new Raptor Cove cores, which appear to be superior to Zen 4. Then again, Intel was always the proverbial king of the hill in single-threaded performance, and that is unlikely to change this generation.
HXL adds that Cinebench R20 isn't the best representation for Zen 4's performance and that it could do well in newer tests that utilize its computational abilities better. Besides, there is still hope for Zen 4 as its more powerful siblings, the Ryzen 7 7800X, Ryzen 9 7900X and Ryzen 7 7950X could help bridge the performance gap better. Their X3D variants could do even better, as they are rumoured to offer up to a 30% increase in performance. Additionally, the processor in question is almost certainly a pre-production sample, meaning that it isn't fully representative of Zen 4's performance.