AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (Zen 3) Receives Its First Glowing Review: 24 Percent Faster Than Zen 2 Predecessor

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SiSoftware has published the world’s first review of AMD’s new flagship Zen 3 processor, the Ryzen 9 5950X. While we’ve seen plenty of metrics on the live ranker that allude to incredible performance, the CPU’s actual potential is fleshed out here through native arithmetic, SIMD, and cryptography tests.

We’ve copied SiSoftware’s benchmarks below, but according to the company, Ryzen 9 5950X adopters can expect a 24 percent performance increase over its Zen 2 predecessor, the Ryzen 9 3950X, across various algorithms.

This is reflected by the aggregated CPU score that was provided. The Ryzen 9 5950X managed an overall CPU score of 15,650 points, 3,000 points higher than the previous model. The aggregated score of AMD’s new flagship also thoroughly bests Intel’s i9-10940X (12,140) and i9-10900K (7,040).

“This is the pinnacle of compute performance on the desktop – all still on the old AM4 socket (with a BIOS update) – without spending serious money on work-station/HEDT kit,” SiSoftware wrote.

“Not that the 5950X (like the 3950X before it) is ‘cheap’ but considering what HEDT platform costs (e.g. ThreadRipper, Intel’s 2011 socket, etc.) it is good value. The 5950X is so powerful that even AVX512 Intel high-end CPUs cannot beat it – and even old ThreadRippers (e.g. 1950X, 2990X) are beaten in compute tasks.”

SiSoftware hints that future Ryzen processors will be particularly impressive with the onset of DDR5 memory support. Apparently, two-channel DDR4 has proven to be a significant handicap for the 16C/32T Ryzen 5950X when it comes to certain algorithms, as evidenced by the performance of Intel’s HEDT platform with four-channel DDR4 in certain tests.

Tsing Mui
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