The first concrete performance benchmarks of AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs have surfaced. As usual, the Cinebench scores are the first to leak out, giving us an idea about the multi-threaded capabilities of the next-gen Zen 4 processors. Keep in mind that since these are all unreleased chips, it’s hard to ascertain whether we’re looking at engineering samples (ES), qualification samples (QS), or the final retail models. As such, some variations in the scores are possible.
The Ryzen 9 7950X performs admirably offering roughly the same level of performance as its Raptor Lake-S rival. It manages to one-up the Core i9-13900K with fewer cores and a slightly lower power draw. At the same time, it’s important to note that the small cores (Gracemont) on the hybrid Intel chips aren’t comparable to the full-fledged Zen 4 core and at the same time, they lack SMT or hyperthreading. In the single-threaded benchmark, the 13900K edges past the Ryzen 9 7950X, resulting in a stalemate.
Looking at gen-over-gen gains, the Raphael flagship is over 40% faster than its predecessor, in line with what AMD promised. The single-core performance shows the sort of uplift, registering a lead of 30%+ over the Ryzen 9 5950X. Compared to the Core i9-12900K, we’re looking at a slim margin of just 10%, indicating that the final IPC figures of both Raptor Cove and Zen 4 ought to be in the same ballpark.
There’s an additional benchmark of the Core i9-13900K with the TDP limits completely removed. In this case, the 24-core chip scores an impressive 40,616 points in the multi-threaded benchmark, thereby beating the Ryzen 9 7950X by more than 3,000 points. However, considering that it draws a whopping 400W of power in this state, I’d say it’s quite far from being a fair comparison.