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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X overclocked to 6.0 GHz pops up in Geekbench tests

Overclocking the Ryzen 5000 CPUs might be easier than ever. (Image Source: AMD)
Overclocking the Ryzen 5000 CPUs might be easier than ever. (Image Source: AMD)
Apparently, AMD made it easier to overclock the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, as the Geekbench tests were recorded on an iMac Pro running macOS, which are not particularly suitable for overclocking. The best results for the Ryzen 9 5950X running at 6 GHz show decent gains of 20% in single-core tests and 12% in multi-core tests over a Ryzen 9 3900X clocked at 5.9 GHz.

The new Zen-based desktop CPUs from AMD will start rolling out in early November, but it looks like some lucky testers already got their hands on a few early samples. Twitter user TUM_APISAK spotted two Geekbench entries for the top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core CPU, which appears to have been overclocked to 6 GHz.

While the test entries do not specifically mention the CPU name, it does include a reference to a CPU OPN code 100-000000059-37_46/35_N that matches the one provided by AMD on the official product page. 1.1 GHz over the maximum boost clocks shows some good overclocking potential for the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, yet the more interesting detail here is that the tests were recorded on an Apple iMac Pro. Now, the macOS is not particularly known for its stability under overclocked loads, so it appears that AMD has made it easier to stably overclock its CPUs.

To compare how the overclocked Ryzen 9 5950X is fairing out against other popular solutions, Twitter user harukaze5719 compiled a graph that includes results from a Ryzen 9 3900X running at 5.9 GHz, a Ryzen 9 3950X and an i9-10900K running at stock speeds and even an i7-1165G7 laptop CPU. The single-core score of the Ryzen 5000 CPU running at 6 GHz appears to be ~20% faster than the overclocked 3900X in single-core scenarios and more than 12% faster in multi-core scenarios. The comparison with the stock clock CPUs is not really fair in this case, but we believe that the Ryzen 9 5950X clocked at 4.9 GHz will show similar gains over the Ryzen 9 3950X scores.

Highest Geekbench scores (Image Source: Geekbench)
Highest Geekbench scores (Image Source: Geekbench)
Comparison with Ryzen 3000 and Intel Comet Lake-S (Image Source: harukaze5719)
Comparison with Ryzen 3000 and Intel Comet Lake-S (Image Source: harukaze5719)
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-10-16 (Update: 2020-10-16)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.