AMD Ryzen 9 5950X outpaces Intel Core i9-10900K by up to 20% in leaked single-core tests, Ryzen 5 5600X is ahead too
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The AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 Vermeer CPUs have piqued everyone's interest given that they promise much improved single-threaded performance compared to previous generations. It looks like those claims may eventually turn out to be true gauging by recent PassMark and Geekbench leaks.
The Ryzen 9 5950X is a 16C/32T CPU with a base clock of 3.9 GHz and a boost of up to 4.9 GHz. The single-thread performance of the 5950X in PassMark leaked recently, and it was shown that the CPU scoring about 3,693 points in the test followed by the Ryzen 5 5600X's score of 3,455. The Ryzen 9 5950X has managed to outpace the current gaming King of the hill, the Core i9-10900K, which gets to record a score of 3,176 points, by about 16.3%. Interestingly, the Ryzen 9 5950X is only around 7% than the Ryzen 5 5600X in the same benchmark.
When it comes to multi-threaded performance, the new Zen 3 Vermeer CPUs are still no match for the Ryzen Threadrippers. Not surprisingly, the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX leads the pack with a massive 88,673 points whereas the Ryzen 9 5950X is seen to only best the 16C/32T Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3955WX by 8%. That being said, we do see a 16% improvement over the Ryzen 9 3950X, which is pretty decent.
A similar improved single-core score was found for the Ryzen 9 5950X in Geekbench 5 wherein the processor reported a single-core score of 1,700 and a multi-core score of 14,018. This is about a 20% increase in single-core and 26% increase in multi-core performance compared to the Core i9-10900K. The Geekbench log reports a clock speed of around 5 GHz, which could mean that AMD's Precision Boost algorithms have kicked in.
With such significant leads, it looks like AMD may have finally surpassed Intel in single-core tests. While these results should still be taken with a pinch of salt, they do show a trend wherein AMD CPUs will stand to be used as the default gaming CPU in upcoming GPU and gaming benchmarks.
The fact that initial Rocket Lake-S could top-out at 8 cores and 16 threads as per rumors so far is a bit concerning even if it is supposedly based on a Willow Cove backport. If these Ryzen 5000 single-thread leaks are indeed true, even the most enthusiasts among the gaming crowd may eventually find themselves allying with Team Red.