Updated | Alleged AMD Ryzen 9 7950X Cinebench R23 benchmark score confirms Zen 4's single-core hegemony
UPDATE: Twitter leaker OneRaichu has confirmed that the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X sample in question was thermal throttling. Another alleged screenshot of the CPU's Cinebench R23 results show that it can score 37,452 points in the multi-core test with a 360 mm AIO cooler. It does, however, run quite hot at 95 degrees.
A few days ago, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X faced off against the Intel Core i9-13900K in an epic Geekbench battle. Both processors scored nearly identical scores in the benchmark, something that hasn't happened in quite a while. Now the two flagship CPUs duel once again, this time in a more CPU-bound benchmark, Cinebench R23.
Twitter leaker Harukaze5712 found the screenshot depicting the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X's Cinebench R23 score on Baidu. It scores 2,205 in the single-core test and 29,649 in the multi-core test. However, it is important to note that the processor in question is not a retail chip, but its single and multi-core boost clocks (5.7 GHz and 5.0 GHz, respectively) will be more or less the same on the final product.
While the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X manages to keep up with the Intel Core i9-13900K in the single-core department, one can't say the same about its multi-core showing. A previous leak confirmed that the Raptor Lake flagship scored 2,290 and 35,693 points in Cinebench R23 with a power limit of 250 Watts. The latter shot up to 40,616 with the limiter removed, resulting in a power draw of ~350 Watts.
Given the near equal Geebench scores attained by the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X and Intel Core i9-13900K, one can't help but wonder why Team Red fell flat in Cinebench R23. One can always chalk it down to the CPU in question being a pre-production sample, BIOS issues or bad thermals. Nonetheless, it is best to reserve judgement until retail versions of both behemoths are out and about.