One of the biggest questions is how AMD’s latest Ryzen processors fare against Intel’s chips in single-threaded performance. New numbers published on PassMark sugggest that the Ryzen 5 3600 could actually be faster than the Core i9-9900K in that regard.

The results do seem suspicious, being that the 3600 has fewer cores and a lower clock speed. There isn’t any indication that the chip was overclocked, however.

Overall, this result seems legitimate, but AMD’s lowest-end Zen 2 CPU beating the -9900K overall seems unrealistic at best, especially when AMD positions the beefier Ryzen 7 3800X against the Core i9-9900K. This benchmark does, however, prove that Zen 2 does some things far better than Coffee Lake, which bodes well for Zen 2’s overall performance. July 7th is just eight days away now, so it won’t be long before we know what the Ryzen 5 3600 can really do.

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