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AMD's 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU beats Intel's 18-core i9-9980XE in Cinebench

Even if the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X features 2 dies like the 16-core version, the second die is not fully unlocked. (Source: AMD)
Even if the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X features 2 dies like the 16-core version, the second die is not fully unlocked. (Source: AMD)
The rumored 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU was tested behind-the-scenes at Computex by a group of overclockers, who managed to push the processor to 4.25 GHz on water cooling. Thus, the 16-core CPU that is rumored to cost around US$800 managed to score slightly higher than Intel's 18-core i9-9980XE priced at US$2,000.

AMD finally revealed the specs and pricing for the 7 nm Ryzen 3000-series complete with demos and comparisons to Intel’s gen 9 processors. The top of the line appeared to be the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X, but YouTuber Bryan from Tech YES City reports that there was a behind-the-scenes presentation of the rumored 16-core version that was tested out by professional overclockers.

It is important to note that the 16-core / 32-thread CPU was an engineering sample, so the performance could further improve for the final version. The overclockers were able to easily push the 16-core CPU to 4.1 GHz on liquid cooling, and the highest clocks achieved were just under 4.3 GHz, with voltages upped from 1.4 V to around 1.57 V. As far as benchmark results are concerned, the unnamed 16-core Ryzen managed to score 4,346 points in Cinebench R15, a result that is several points higher than Intel’s 18-core i9-9980XE. It is not yet confirmed, but the 16-core CPU from AMD would be priced at around US$800, making it a great deal when compared to the US$2,000 price tag on the Core i9-9980XE.

These performance metrics sure look like they could be coming from a HEDT chip, and AMD already confirmed that the Threadripper lineup will soon be refreshed, so we could be seeing the 16-core unnamed processor replacing the lower-end of the current Threadripper family.

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Cinebench R15 results @4.25 GHz overclock (Source: Tech YES City)
Cinebench R15 results @4.25 GHz overclock (Source: Tech YES City)
CPU-Z stats (Source: Tech YES City)
CPU-Z stats (Source: Tech YES City)

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-05-28 (Update: 2019-05-28)
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.