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Leaks show Zen 5 Strix might disappoint

by on17 May 2024

Trails behind older Intel Core i7-12700F and mobile Intel Core i7-13850HX

New alleged benchmarks have surfaced online for the upcoming AMD Zen 5 Strix Point processors. While it might outdo the Ryzen 7 7700X and the Ryzen 7 7800X3D, it is still behind Intel's older gear.

This tech tipster, HXL, chucked a tweet out there saying an early version of the Strix Point CPU got put through its paces on Blender and notched up a score of 270.92. That's enough to outdo some beefy desktop CPUs like the Ryzen 7 7700X and the Ryzen 7 7800X3D.

Only a couple of tests have been done, so it's not a massive amount of data, but if it's legit, it's a cheeky peek at what AMD's new AI chips might be capable of. It's all a bit hush-hush about which Strix Point CPU it was, and since it's an early sample, we don't know the full power it's packing, but it's looking good.

Even with this, the tested Strix Point CPU is still trailing behind the older Intel Core i7-12700F and the mobile Intel Core i7-13850HX. Rumour has it it's a 12-core chip with four big performance cores and eight smaller efficiency cores, which might explain why it's not quite up there with Alder Lake and the other non-hybrid chips.

From what's been leaked before, we've seen Strix Point CPUs with slower clock speeds and beefier NPUs, which is a bit of a leap from the usual desktop gear. The big dog of the pack is meant to be the AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX 170, rocking 12 cores, 24 threads, and a 77 TOPS NPU.

AI computing is a whole different game, isn't it? It's pretty cool to see these Strix Point CPUs holding their ground against the desktop big guns, but they're playing by their own rules. It looks like AMD is thinking more about smart efficiency than brute force.

It's a bit of a switch-up from what we've seen with CPUs lately. Usually, they're all about cranking up the clock speeds and power to keep up. But now, it seems like we're going the other way – less juice, slower clocks, but more of those efficient efficiency cores.

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