AMD Ryzen 9 7950X gets first preview, nearly 2x faster than previous generation

Sisoftware has unveiled the first preview of the yet-to-be- released AMD Ryzen 9 7950X processor based on the Zen4 microarchitecture . This is not an official review, but a collection of all publicly available data. The AMD Ryzen 7000 ships with the new AMD AM5 platform and added AVX-512 ISA support.

Ryzen 9 7950X

The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X features 16 cores/32 threads based on the Zen4 architecture. This processor has a base clock speed of 4.9 GHz , which can be boosted up to an insane 5.7 GHz . And that’s not all, the “F-max” frequency of this chip can reach 5.85 GHz . The Ryzen 9 7950X is rated at 170W TDP . For extra overclocking performance under heavy workloads, PPT ( Package Power Tracking ) can go up to 230W.

Sisoftware then mentions that if the AVX512 ISA is sufficiently well optimized, performance gains of over 100% can be seen in various programs.

Performance

In legacy integer testing, the Ryzen 9 7950X outperforms the latest generation 5950X by a whopping 42%. Legacy floating point increments are 31% over the 5950X and 37% over the 12900K .

Ryzen 9 7950X in Sandra 20/21 | cisoftware

When using the AVX-512 ISA, performance is greatly improved: the 7950X is 60% faster than the Zen3 king across the board.

Ryzen 9 7950X in Sandra 20/21 | cisoftware

Moving on to the image processing benchmark, the AVX512 does wonders with the 7950X, with the AMD Zen4 outperforming it by over 2x on average . The 7950X completely destroys the 12900K Alder Lake . Raptor Lake will need something big to catch up with those numbers. AMD has set the bar relatively high for the blue team this time around.

Ryzen 9 7950X in Sandra 20/21 | cisoftware

With AVX512 vectorized code for heavy computing, there is currently no better processor. Intel will have to bring the AVX512 back fairly quickly if it wants to stay competitive.

~sisoftware

Efficiency and prices

Sisoftware did a comparison of performance and price, and the results show that the Ryzen 9 7950X is an absolute value for money. This processor gives you 2x the performance of the 5950X for the same price ( 39 points for $1 vs. 19 points for $1).

Ryzen 9 7950X performance at a price | cisoftware

The efficiency is higher than that of the previous generation, but the increase is not as sharp. Compared to Intel , AMD always leads in terms of efficiency. For every watt used, the 7950X gives you extra performance.

Ryzen 9 7950X performance per watt | cisoftware

Conclusion

With the Ryzen 7000 series debuting on September 27th , prices seem relatively low for the kind of performance you’re getting. However, the main hurdle for AMD is the price of AM5 combined with expensive DDR5 RAM . All things considered, this is an early investment as the AM5 will be supported for many years to come. We’ll keep you updated as new benchmarks become available.

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