AMD’s Ryzen 9 7900X processor has been spotted in a benchmark where it shows a clear pair of chops to the model it will soon succeed.
The 12-core CPU that debuts in just over a week will replace the 5900X and has appeared in a Geekbench 5 result as pointed out 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: 5265/5640/5589MHzCPUID: A60F12 (AuthenticAMD)Scores, vs AMD 5800XSingle: 2167, +25.4%Multi: 18446, +71.7% https://t.co/OiagBx7UjJSeptember 16, 2022
The Ryzen 7900X achieved scores of 2,167 for single-thread and 18,446 for multi-thread, which in both cases is about 30% faster than the 5900X, according to the 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 increase was touted by AMD for the single-thread uplift of next-gen chips, although the prediction was higher for multi-threaded workloads at 45%.
Analysis: Caution first, and let’s not forget the real battle here
In these leak scenarios, we should not only be careful about authenticity, but also keep in mind that, even if it’s genuine, it’s just a single measure – so a pretty narrow perspective on the (alleged) performance of the Ryzen 7900X.
The fact that it matches AMD’s pre-release single-thread marketing figures is reassuring, even if the multi-thread result isn’t quite as impressive as a jump from the current-generation 5900X; although it is still a significant increase. We just might see better results for multi-core in other benchmarks, and it’s too early to judge these next-gen processors before they’re even released.
The Ryzen 9 7900X will be the model below the flagship 7950X when Zen 4 processors debut on September 27, and it will be offered at the same price as the 5900X, which is $399 (about £345, AU$590).
Intel’s Raptor Lake is also coming in, of course, although it’s rumored to be lagging behind Ryzen 7000 processors in terms of actual sales, with Intel’s 13th-gen CPUs not expected to hit shelves until mid-October or slightly after.
The real battle won’t be Ryzen 7000 vs 5000, of course, but Ryzen 7000 vs Raptor Lake – and from what we can tell from rumours, it’s going to be a close run battle. Pricing will obviously be a major factor, and hints that have fallen off the vine suggest Intel probably won’t want to take the price tags lightly. Still, we can’t imagine Team Blue pitching its next-gen chips to seem like a poor value proposition compared to AMD’s Zen 4 offering.