AMD’s 16-core Threadripper CPU Performance Leaked in Geekbench

AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU
Screen Capture from AMD’s video

In June 2017, AMD teased us about their upcoming enthusiast level CPU – Threadripper in Computex. Later in E3 2017, Alienware showcased the flagship Area 51 gaming PC that can use the Threadripper CPU. Since then, a few benchmark results in Geekbench 4 have given us a glimpse of how Threadripper will perform.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU

Most of the benchmark samples were recorded on the same day (June 14) using the same hardware. A Ryzen Threadripper 1950X CPU on an ASRock X399 Professional Gaming motherboard with 16GB of RAM. The single-core score at that time was around 3900 to 4200, and a multi-core score of around 24000.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU

On 5 July, a new result appears on Geekbench‘s website. We can identify that the CPU is the AMD Threadripper 1950X because of the 16 cores, 32 threads and the 3.4 GHz base clock. This time, the single-core score does not have any difference comparing to the results in June, but there is a 11% increase in the multi-core score. We expect the increase in performance is due to better optimization by AMD.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU


AMD Ryzen Threadripper vs Intel Core i9
Prices shown are the MSRP

The Threadripper 1950X has an edge on the core count with 16 cores, 32 threads. The Intel Core i9-7900X has 10 cores, 20 threads ; the i7-7820X has 8 cores, 16 threads. We still do not know the exact base and boost clock speed of the 1950X. We assume its base clock is at 3.4 GHz as all the benchmark results reported the same clock speed.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper vs Intel Core i9

In Geekbench 4, the single-core performance is leaning towards Intel, with up to 31% more score than the AMD Threadripper 1950X. The Core i9-7900X blows away the 1950X in both single-core and multi-core score, about 27% higher than the 1950X.

The Threadripper 1950X is about the same with the i7-7820X at around 26000. However, the i7-7820X is only a 8-core processors, while the 1950X is a 16-core. This giant gap in performance means the instructions per cycle (IPC) of the Threadripper is not on par with Intel’s offerings. AMD still has more work to optimize the CPU’s architecture, but it is already a huge step forward in the enthusiast market.

Sources from Geekbench and wccftech.

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