So, as AMD’s new 16-core Zen 2 flagship has now been officially launched, we now know for a fact that the Ryzen 3000 lineup won’t be limited to the 12-core 3900X. According to AMD’s first-party benchmarks, the Ryzen 9 3950X is faster than Intel’s i9-9960X, but as per a new Geekbench score, the 7nm AMD flagship might be even more powerful in certain scenarios. It scores a mammoth 61,072 points in the multi-core test which is the highest for any consumer CPU, period. The closest Intel competitor is the 18-core i9-9980XE (with 46618 points) which gets left far behind with a margin of more than 14K points, all the while costing more than twice as much (Ryzen 3950X~$749, i9-9980XE~$2000+).
The best part is that this is an early sample, slower than the final chips that will hit the market. We are looking at a base clock of 3.29GHz and a boost of 4.29, while the 3950X in its final state runs at 4.7GHz when under load. Despite that, however, the single core performance and the IPC of the 16-core AMD flagship is higher than the 9th Gen Intel lineup. Only the higher clocked i7s and i9s manage to match it in the single-core test. Furthermore, the chip is running on an X470 board and the cache size along with the Matisse codename confirm that this indeed is the Ryzen 9 3950X, and not a future Threadripper part. Here are the multi-core and single-core performance charts:
Looks like Intel won’t be coming out of this one unscathed. What do you think? Will you be buying the Ryzen 9 or do you still trust Intel?