AMD Ryzen 9 7950X to Top Out at 5.5GHz Compared to 5.8GHz for Intel Core i9-13900K, Intel Also Developing 6GHz Special Edition

Intel and AMD are set to launch their next generation of desktop processors very soon, with a date for Ryzen 7000‘s launch already leaked ahead of time. Intel, on the other hand, will release their CPUs after AMD, though the time disparity won’t be much. Regardless, eyes are on both camps to produce the best chip possible considering how Intel has made a comeback with Alder Lake and AMD has a title to defend. 

We already know a lot about both Intel’s 13th Gen Core series, aka Raptor Lake, and AMD’s Ryzen 7000, aka Zen4. The launch lineup for both families will look identical to the current-gen options with little to no change made to the SKUs. As such, the highest-end chip from Intel’s side is going to be the Core i9-13900K, and AMD is going to tout the Ryzen 9 7950X as their best chip. 

Competition aside, it’s obvious both CPUs are going to be extremely powerful and capable of handling nearly every task thrown at them. But, since we’ve made everything about being the best, it’s only fair that we compare the numbers, despite their arbitrary nature of not really mattering in the real-world. 

AMD Zen4 vs. Intel Raptor Lake clock speeds

Today, a new leak has come forward from reliable insider HXL (@9550pro) who allegedly knows the maximum clock speeds of next-gen flagships from both Intel and AMD. HXL’s leak comes right after AMD’s Financial Analyst Day 2022, where the company reportedly showed off their next milestone in desktop clock speeds.

But first, let’s take a look at HXL’s leak:

As you can see above, HXL is quoting a 5.5GHz maximum boost clock for the Ryzen 9 7950X, which is 600MHz higher than the maximum boost speed for the Ryzen 9 5950X. Moreover, 5.5GHz also happens to be the exact same speed Intel boasted for its Special Edition Core i9-12900KS processors earlier this year, which means AMD has taken some major leaps with Zen4.

That being said, Intel’s top-end chip, the Core i9-13900K is said to boost up to 5.8GHz which will be a new record-high for factory clock speeds for mainstream desktop chips. Keep in mind that we’re talking about single-core frequencies on the new Golden Cove performance cores inside the Raptor Lake chips. The Gracemont efficiency cores will be clocked much lower. 

Minutes after HXL’s tweet, the leaker posted what seems like a crop of an official slide shown at Financial Analyst Day. The picture shows AMD claiming to have the fastest desktop processors in the world with clock speeds of 5.5GHz, matching with what HXL has written in their leak. This is a never-before-seen screenshot so this does further add to the validity of the whole thing.

6GHz Special Edition? 

Lastly, HXL mentions two more processors, a Ryzen 7000 processors with AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology and the successor to this year’s 12900KS, the Special Edition Core i9-13900KS. HXL claims that the 13900KS will have a clock speed (less than or) equal to 6GHz, which is just an insane figure for an out-of-the-box chip. Though, Special Editions are just lottery-bin CPUs that happened to get the best silicone possible on the wafer.

So, that means the standard 13900K is capable of boosting up to 6GHz, if you hit the silicone lottery. On the other hand, HXL mentions a mystery Ryzen 7000 processor simply referred to as “7***X3D” which is said to compete directly with Intel’s Special Edition i9-13900K. This could be a Ryzen 9 chip with 3D V-Cache packaging that would give it a boost in gaming performance.

Either way, mixing Zen4 (Ryzen 7000) with 3D V-Cache ought to produce some incredible results. After all, it’s like combining the best of both worlds; buttload of cache and generational improvements. That being said, AMD has stated before that stacking cache on top of the core cluster means that the CPU runs hot, which forces the company to put a hard cap on the clock speeds and disable overclocking, so that the user doesn’t (accidentally) fry it. 

AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology used to stack cache on top of the core chiplets | AMD

Therefore, don’t expect this Ryzen 7000 V-Cache chip to produce clock speeds comparable to that of the i9-13900KS. That’s why HXL didn’t even put a clock speed figure in their tweet, though we should be getting more info on this mysterious CPU in the coming weeks.

Now, it’s important to remember that these are still rumors are not updates from official channels, so take everything you’ve just read with a grain of salt. If these details are, in fact, true as of now, this latest development has made AMD and Intel’s battle for next-gen supremacy rise a notch and we can’t wait to see who comes out on top. 


Huzaifa Haroon

Born and raised around computers, Huzaifa is an avid gamer and a keyboard enthusiast. When he's not solving the mysteries of technology, you can find him scrutinizing writers, striving to inform the curious.
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