AMD Ryzen Threadripper Zen 2 hits 4.17 GHz in Geekbench, obliterating the Threadripper 2950X, Ryzen 9 3900X and Intel Core i9-9900K in the process
AMD is planning a big improvement in multi-core performance with its Zen 2-based Ryzen Threadripper series, with a 32 core chip recently scoring almost 100,000 points in Geekbench. The listing did not reveal much about its clock speeds besides its 3.6 GHz base clock, but a new Geekbench result has revealed of what the Threadripper series may be capable. The listing spotted again by @momomo_us, has the 32 core chip peaking at 4.17 GHz, which is just shy of what the Threadripper 2xxx series can reach.
It is unclear at this stage whether this 32 core processor, also identified as an AMD 100-000000011-11 and an AMD Sharkstooth, is the same one as we covered earlier this month. The new Geekbench listing reports the processor as having a 2.2 GHz base clock, which is well short of the 3.6 GHz that previous AMD Sharkstooth processors have been operating at, and 1.3 GHz shy of the Threadripper 2950X. We would not recommend drawing any conclusions yet, as this new posting is probably another engineering sample, so it could be the same processor being tested at different clock speeds or what will eventually become two SKUs.
Additionally, this new AMD Sharkstooth was benchmarked in Windows with 32 GB of RAM, while previous Sharkstooth Geekbench listings have been running in Linux with 128 GB of RAM. Hence, this new benchmark result is not directly comparable to the ones that appeared earlier this month. However, the 32 core Zen 2 Threadripper still scored 68,576 points in the multi-core benchmark, which puts it almost 90% and 55% ahead of the Threadripper 2950X and Ryzen 9 3900X respectively. While we appreciate comparing 12 and 16 core chips against a 32 core one is probably an unfair comparison, the Ryzen 9 3900X and Threadripper 2950X currently top our Geekbench tables in our database.
However, it is worth keeping in mind that the Zen 2 Threadripper only scores around 2,143 per core in multi-core tasks. By contrast, the Core i9-9900K scores double per core in the same benchmark, with the Ryzen 9 3900X scoring around 12% than the AMD Sharkstooth too. Again, this is an engineering sample, so it is entirely possible that the 3rd generation Threadripper generation will have better performance per core in multi-core tasks.