AMD’s Ryzen 9 7900X processor was spotted in a benchmark where it shows a couple of clean leaps for the soon-to-be successful model.
The 12-core CPU that will be released in just over a week replaces the 5900X and appeared in a Geekbench 5 result, as flagged by @BenchLeaks on Twitter (via Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab)).
[GB5 CPU] Unknown CPUCPU: AMD Ryzen 9 7900X (12C 24T)Min/Max/Avg: 5265/5640/5589 MHzCPUID: A60F12 (AuthenticAMD)Scores, vs AMD 5800XSingle: 2167, +25.4%Multi: 18446, +71.7% https://t.co/OiagBx7UjJSeptember 16, 2022
The Ryzen 7900X recorded scores of 2,167 for single-thread and 18,446 for multi-thread, which in both cases is approximately 30% faster than the 5900X, passing typical Geekbench results for the latter (actually about 32% faster for multi-core). As always with any leak, be skeptical and remember that there is a possibility it could be faked.
That said, the observed 30% generation boost is what AMD praised for the single-thread boost of next-gen chips, although the forecast was higher for multithreaded workloads by 45%.
Analysis: Watch out first, and let’s not forget the real battle here
In these leak scenarios, we should not only keep caution in our minds regarding authenticity, but also remember that even if it’s genuine, this is just a single benchmark – so a pretty limited perspective on the (alleged) performance of the Ryzen 7900X .
The fact that it lines up with AMD’s pre-release marketing numbers for single-thread is reassuring, even if the multi-thread result isn’t such an impressive leap over the current-gen 5900X; although it is still a substantial increase. We can see better results for multi-core in other benchmarks, and it’s too early to start judging these high-end processors before they’re even released.
The Ryzen 9 7900X will be the model under the 7950X flagship when the Zen 4 processors launch on 27 September, and will launch at the same price as the 5900X, i.e. $399 (about £345, AU$590 ).
Intel’s Raptor Lake is also coming, of course, although it’s rumored to be behind the Ryzen 7000 processors in terms of sales, with Intel’s 13th-gen CPUs not expected on shelves until mid-October or a little later.
The real battle, of course, won’t be Ryzen 7000 versus 5000, but Ryzen 7000 versus Raptor Lake – and from what we can deduce from the rumors, it will be a close-quarters battle. Price will be a key factor, obviously, and the hints dropped by the vine suggest that Intel probably won’t want to go easy on pricing. Even so, we can’t imagine Team Blue releasing its high-end chips to look like a poor value proposition compared to AMD’s Zen 4 offerings.