AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X, the entry-level flagship for high-end Zen 4 processors, has been seen boosting up to 5.85GHz – but there are caveats to note here.
This latest Zen 4 leak comes from a weibo (opens in new tab) user (a social media platform in China), so it should be treated with more caution than usual, and was flagged by HXL on Twitter (a regular source of hardware leaks, with the tweet being highlighted by VideoCardz (opens in new tab)).
Raphael 2x Durango CCD 16x Persephone Core Ryzen 9 7950X 5.7GHz (PBO/XFR 5.85GHz)5.85 vs 5.8（Intel RPL） pic.twitter.com/Uc5VDMZ0bKAugust 28, 2022
As you can see, the leaker reportedly has a Ryzen 9 7950X that clocks in at 5.85GHz as mentioned – massive amounts of salt needed, of course, and exactly what that speed means, we’ll discuss shortly – and the flagship Raptor Lake from Intel will apparently hit 5.8GHz at full speed in comparison.
The 5.85GHz speed lines up with a previous top speed released for the flagship Zen 4 by Angstronomics (a well-thought-out source), and the Weibo leaker also provides a CPU-Z screenshot of the pre-release 7950X. .
Analysis: Whichever way you slice it, the 7950X looks pretty sharp
Clearly, we need to be pretty skeptical about this, but if true, the 7950X being capable of that kind of boost is obviously a big surprise. Now, the leaker points out that the Ryzen CPU actually boosts to 5.7GHz, with 5.85GHz recorded via PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive – in other words, the automated overclocking mode that you can enable for a little more performance). of your chip).
However, as another well-known Twitter leaker (Uzzi38 (opens in new tab)). In other words, the maximum boost quoted on the Zen 4 main chip box will be less than that (more like the mentioned 5.7GHz).
Exact speeds will, as always, depend on the quality of processor you buy – there is always some variation in CPU models, known as the silicon lottery – but whatever the case, AMD will have an official (default) maximum boost set. at an appropriate value. low level so that all chips can safely hit it, for obvious reasons.
Whatever the case for the Ryzen 9 7950X’s exact top speed, it looks like it will be very close to the same stadium as the Raptor Lake champion, the Core i9-13900K. Again, this is another hint that the battle between Zen 4 and Intel’s 13th Gen silicon will be very close.
We’ll know a lot more about the Ryzen 7000 tomorrow as AMD has their launch event for the next-gen processors underway via a live stream. There’s a good chance we’ll find out the official rated boost speed for the 7950X flagship in this event.