The Ryzen 9 7950X is AMD's flagship and will cost $100 less than the 5950X, $700. It has 16 cores / 32 threads, 5.7 GHz boost, and 4.5 GHz base clocks. Those speeds, an increased cache capacity, and other IPC improvements culminate in what AMD says is a 29% single-core performance gain over the 5950X.
While it is expected that the new chip will do better than the earlier 5950X, it is surprising to see how much better.
Enthusiasts in China have been posting scores which they claim are achieved without overclocking. The highest multi-core score achieved so far is 38,984 points.
Twitter user "Raichu" scored 37,452 points with a production sample and got their CPU with an all-core clock speed of 5.1 GHz and consumed 240 W during the benchmark, resulting in temps of up to 96° C despite a 360 mm AIO watercooler.
Another production sample running the benchmark posted to Baidu show the processor hit a score of 36,256 points using some water cooled system. The same processor only reached 29,649 points when it had just an air cooler.
On a good day, the 5950X could be coaxed to 30,000 points but has scores of 25,000 - 30,000 points in most systems. It looks like that the 30 per cent better that AMD promised is with us.
However, it is not better than Intel's upcoming flagship which managed 40,616 points while consuming over 340 W and 35,693 points while limited to 240 W.
Still, it looks like the 7950X is looking very good for the price.