AMD’s Ryzen 5 7600X has climbed to the very top of the Userbench, ironic considering how the latter has been bashing the Zen family with childish and unprofessional comments. However, the impending release of the Zen 4 lineup has caught UB with its pants down. A leaked benchmark of the hex-core Raphael chip has cleared its way to the #1 spot on the “Effective Speed” ratings of the UB database. In layman’s terms, this test is simply an indication of a processor’s single or dual-core capabilities.
As AMD has primarily focused on IPC and core clocks with its upcoming processors, UB’s ranking criteria have come to bite it right where it hurts. This time around, Intel will have the advantage in multi-threaded workloads like content creation and simulations while AMD will lead in lightly threaded workloads such as gaming and multimedia. The inclusion of the E-cores has more than doubled the thread count offered by Intel’s consumer lineup over just two generations. While AMD’s Ryzen processors are still limited to 16 cores, the latter will be packing up to 24 cores with its soon-to-be-launched 13th Gen Raptor Lake family.
Going by UB’s own single-threaded benchmark, the Ryzen 7 7600X is 28% faster than the Core i5-12600K in the single-core, 11% faster in dual-core, 15% in quad-core, and 6% faster in the octa-core benchmark. The 7600X is a hex-core part while the 12600K is a ten-core chip (6P+4E), and this alone says a lot about how the dynamics in the CPU market have changed.