AMD ‘Zen5’ Ryzen 9 8950X 25% Faster Than i9-13900K in Multi-Threaded Performance, Single-Core Gains Stand at 10-15%

RedGamingTech has leaked the performance score of AMD’s upcoming Zen5-based Ryzen 8000 processors. Zen5, the successor to AMD’s current Zen4 is tipped to arrive in mid-2024. In early synthetic testing, these CPUs blow Intel out of the water, leaving the high-end market for AMD.

AMD Ryzen 9 8950X Multi-Core Performance

First of all, we should take these rumors with a pile of salt. However, RGT has confirmed from multiple sources that these benchmarks do sound legitimate. Second thing, the test bench is unconfirmed and that includes everything apart from the CPU.

Zen5 should be supported on the current AM5 platform and as such, expect support for faster RAM. Additionally, AMD will retain a max 16-core configuration for its highest-end model. Now let’s get into the benchmarks.

What we’re looking at is Engineering silicon, so these scores are bound to improve with the retail variants. The 16-core Ryzen 9 8950X manages to attain 49,000 points (Rounded Off) in Cinebench R23 multi-core testing.

The i9-13900K scores ~40,000 in the same test and this puts AMD almost 25% ahead. Remember, this is still a very early state for Zen5.

AMD Zen5 Benchmark | RGT

The 12-core Ryzen 9 8900X almost matches the 13900K, which features 2x more cores. The 8-core Ryzen 7 8700X and the 6-core Ryzen 5 8600X follow with similar improvements.

  • Ryzen 9 7950X -> 8950X| 25-30% Faster MT
  • Ryzen 9 7900X -> 8900X | 24-25% Faster MT
  • Ryzen 7 7700X -> 8700X | 15-20% Faster MT
  • Ryzen 7 7600X -> 8600X | 30% Faster MT

Single Core Improvements

AMD improved quite a lot with Zen4 in the single-core department. Zen5 sees an even larger upgrade with scores mostly higher than 2500 points. If we go by RGT’s sources, 2500 points is set as the minimum. This already puts these CPUs 13-15% faster than the i9-13900K (with DDR5-6400).

The improvement against Zen4 should be even higher at 25-35%. The leaker mentions that the expected IPC gain from Zen4 to Zen5 is 20-25%. However, the method of calculating this result is still unknown.

Release Date

Zen5 is expected to be announced in early-mid 2024. These CPUs should be compatible with all current AM5 motherboards. Users may require a small BIOS update but that’s about it.

This marks an important and very interesting time for Intel. The 14th Generation of Core processors will not stand a chance against Zen5. Arrow Lake will release by late 2024 and if things go south then early 2025.

Zen5 Release Window | AMD

It has been claimed by leakers that Intel’s Arrow Lake can take on Zen5, and even come out on top. However, that gives the mainstream consumer little to no advantage if these CPUs are 2-3 quarters late. By the time Arrow Lake launches, AMD will have unveiled Zen5-X3D.

Still, Arrow Lake has its own set of benefits. The takeaway is that 2024 will be an exciting year for the CPU market.

Source: RedGamingTech


Abdullah Faisal

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