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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X outpaces Intel Core i9-10900K by up to 20% in leaked single-core tests, Ryzen 5 5600X is ahead too

AMD Ryzen 5000 processors may very well turn out to be a gamer's delight. (Image Source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen 5000 processors may very well turn out to be a gamer's delight. (Image Source: AMD)
Initial benchmark leaks of the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X show excellent leads in single-core performance over the Intel Core i9-10900K in PassMark and Geekbench 5. The scores seem to indicate anywhere between 16 to 20% benefits in single-core applications for the Ryzen 9 5950X. Even the Ryzen 5 5600X seems to have managed quite a decent lead over Intel's flagship offering.
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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.

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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X vs Intel Core i9-10900K single-thread PassMark score. (Source: PassMark)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X vs Intel Core i9-10900K single-thread PassMark score. (Source: PassMark)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X on Geekbench 5. (Source: Geekbench via Videocardz)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X on Geekbench 5. (Source: Geekbench via Videocardz)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - Managing Editor - 1299 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-10-28 (Update: 2020-10-29)