RedGamingTech has dropped bombshells by revealing a large number of AMD Zen5 benchmarks. The leak encompasses Granite Ridge (8950X), Strix Point (8950HS) and Strix Halo ‘Sarlak’ (8955HX).
AMD Granite Ridge: 20% Single Core Uplift With Huge Efficiency Gains
AMD’s Zen5 architecture is expected to be revealed next year. While we do not have a confirmed time frame, these CPUs are tipped to offer a significant IPC improvement over Zen4. Initial numbers indicate a minimum gain of at least 15%-20%. We’ll sift through the architecture in a bit, first let’s go over today’s leak.
As expected, we do not have concrete numbers, only mere round offs. Likewise, the test setup is unmentioned, so do not take these numbers as an indicator of the final silicon.
Very late Engineering Samples of AMD’s Zen5-Flagship, the Ryzen 9 8950X score 3500 points (ST) and 24k points (MT) in Geekbench 6.2. The CPU is said to have a PPT of 170W, making this configuration directly comparable to the Ryzen 9 7950X.
To put this number into perspective, the Ryzen 9 7950X attains 2919 points and 19159 points respectively.
- Ryzen 9 7950X -> Ryzen 9 8950X (20% Higher ST | 25% Higher MT)
Strix Point: 23% Higher ST-Performance, Crushes Snapdragon X Elite & Apple’s M3 Max
And if you thought Granite Ridge was fast, you are in for a real surprise. Strix Point, the successor to Phoenix Point is almost 36% faster in Geekbench 6.2 (ST). That is an insane leap, crushing the likes of Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon X Elite and even Apple’s latest and greatest M3 Max.
Flexing its muscles, AMD has managed this result within just 35W of power. The single core result stands at 3400 points, with the multi-core score coming in at 21k points. The same story follows for Cinebench R24.
- Ryzen 9 7940HS -> Ryzen 9 8950HS (23% Higher ST | 55% Higher MT)
- Apple M3 Max -> Ryzen 9 8950HS (5% Higher ST | 8% Higher MT)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite -> Ryzen 9 8950HS (15% Higher ST | 36% Higher MT)
Strix Halo ‘Sarlak’: Ryzen 9 8950X & RX 6750 XT Performance in a 95W-125W Package
Last, but not least is AMD’s upcoming MCM-based Strix Halo design, termed Sarlak. Now Sarlak is a new entry and is directly aimed at Apple’s M-Series chips. Due to the chip’s large die size, it may not fit in the AM5 socket, making it a niche product.
Sarlak, or the Ryzen 9 8955HX ES is similar to a Ryzen 9 8950X at 95W in CPU benchmarks, which should be obvious. The 40 CU configuration yields performance levels comparable to the RX 6750 XT. And all of this power comes in a modest envelope of 95W–125W.
Zen5: What Do We Know So Far?
From MLID’s leak, we can infer that Zen5 has a 15-20% IPC increase over Zen4. Zen5 will be manufactured using TSMC’s 4nm process, with 3nm planned for Zen5C. Zen5 retains the same core layout but can offer a 24-core hybrid configuration if needed.
Zen5 should launch during H1 2024 alongside Granite Ridge (Ryzen 8000). Strix Point (Ryzen 8050HS) is slated for the second half of next year. Sarlak on the other hand is not expected until 2025.