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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.

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, 2020-10-28 (Update: 2020-10-29)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.