AMD recently touted the Ryzen 9 7950X as the world’s best gaming processor, but only independent tests can attest to whether this claim is true. The chip arrived in Brazil costing around R$5,500, and initial analyzes place it as a true champion in high-performance tasks.
Want to know how powerful the Ryzen 9 7950X is and is it worth buying? So follow along with my review that compares it to the Ryzen 9 5900X, one of the most powerful AMD chips of the previous generation.
Excellent gaming performance
Unrivaled productivity performance
Has integrated graphics
High consumption at full load
High temperature at full load
Test PC setup
To test the Ryzen 9 7950X, I used the motherboard and memory kit sent by AMD. Tests include benchmarking with specialized software as well as three popular games.
Ryzen 9 7950X Setup:
Aorus Master X670E motherboard (BIOS F7d);
32 GB DDR5 RAM G.Skill Trident Z5 Neo 6000 MHz CL30 2x 16 GB.
Ryzen 9 5900X Setup:
Gigabyte X570 Gaming X Motherboard (BIOS F37d);
16GB Kingston Fury Renegade 4000MHz CL19 2x 8GB DDR4 RAM.
Parts used in both setups:
AMD Radeon RX 6800XT 16 GB Graphics Card;
Samsung WD Black SN750 500 GB SSD ;
Samsung U28E590D Monitor;
Corsair HX850i power supply;
Cooler Scythe Ninja 5.
Windows 11 Home Version 22H2 Build 22621.521
Adrenaline Driver Version 18.104.22.168
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X datasheet
Cores / Threads: 16 / 32;
Base / turbo clock: 4.5 GHz / 5.7 GHz;
Total L3 cache: 64 MB;
Integrated graphics: Radeon RDNA2;
Architecture: Zen 4;
Lithography: 5 nm;
Maximum temperature: 95º C;
Refrigeration: Not included;
TDP : 170W.
Testing with benchmarking software
Benchmarking programs give you a good idea of the processing power of a given hardware, be it CPU or GPU.
Cinebench R23 is widely used to measure the performance of processors in terms of utilization of all cores, as well as single core.
Blender does three types of benchmarks, with the Ryzen 9 7950X beating the Ryzen 9 5900X with absolute clearance in all of them: Monster, Junkshop and Classroom.
V-Ray analyzes processor performance for rendering images, making optimal use of multi-threading.
We can see that the Ryzen 9 7950X outperformed the Ryzen 9 5900X with twice the performance, even though it doesn’t have twice the cores and threads.
Despite the two CPUs getting similar scores, in some activities the Ryzen 9 7950X outperforms the last generation chip by an extremely high margin.
7-Zip has a built-in benchmark tool, which indicates the chip’s performance in terms of data compression and decompression.
In this review, the new top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 9 shows that the Zen 4 architecture brings incredible productivity performance gains over Zen 3.
The HWBot x265 simulates a conversion from H264 video to H265/HEVC video, using the x265 encoder, and measuring frames per second in two possible resolutions: 1080p and 4K.
In this test, the Ryzen 9 7950X once again shows that it is an amazing CPU in tasks aimed at professionals.
Benchmark for 1080p gaming performance based on DirectX 11.
Fire Strike Extreme
Benchmark for performance in 1440p games, based on DirectX 11. Take a good look at the R9 7950X score in the physics test.
Fire Strike Ultra
Benchmark for 4K gaming performance, based on DirectX 11.
Benchmark for 1080p gaming performance based on DirectX 12.
Team Spy Extreme
Benchmark for 4K gaming performance, based on DirectX 12.
For an unknown reason, Time Spy Extreme did not run on the Zen 3 platform (Ryzen 9 5900X). Anyway, here’s the test performed with the Ryzen 9 7950X so that users can compare with their setups.
On the CPU Profile, the Ryzen 9 7950X beats the Ryzen 9 5900X in all thread usage situations, and by a very large margin.
Tests with games
Although benchmarking programs can give you an idea of the potential of a processor when playing games, nothing is fairer than testing the chip in real situations. Check out the tests comparing the new high-end AMD Ryzen processor to the previous generation chip.
Forza Horizon 5 (Ultra)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Medium)
Counter Strike: Global Offensive (High)
temperature and consumption
When running Cinebench R23, the Ryzen 9 5900X reached 73.6° C, peak consumption of 143.9 W, at an ambient chill of 13° C. During the 3DMark CPU Profile test, the chip reached 91 .3°C.
The Ryzen 9 7950X reached the peak consumption of 234.38 W, with a maximum temperature of 95.4° C, in an environment with a thermal sensation of 16° C. In the 3DMark CPU Profile benchmark, the CPU reached 85, 1°C
Currently, Intel’s most powerful desktop processor , which can compete with the Ryzen 9 7950X in both gaming and productivity, is the Core i9-13900K. This chip was announced by Intel on September 27, 2022, and can already be found for about R$ 4,700 in pre-order.
The i9-13900K has 24 cores, 32 threads, 3.0 GHz base clock, 5.8 GHz turbo clock and 125 W TDP.
Is it worth buying the Ryzen 9 7950X?
The Ryzen 9 7950X is among the best gaming processors in the world, but it cannot be considered an absolute “king”, not least because we still have to wait for the tests with the recently announced Core i9-13900K.
Anyway, AMD’s new high-end desktop chip has brought significant performance gains to all kinds of productivity software, and still consumes less than the Core i9-12900K in many situations. It’s as if AMD has released a “game-ready” Threadripper, due to the ability of the new high-end Ryzen 9 to do well under extremely heavy workloads. And the processor is even compatible with Ryzen Master, which allows the user to overclock in an easy way.
On the other hand, Intel also announced its newest high-end chip for the desktop segment, the Core i9-13900K, which, perhaps, surpasses the Ryzen 9 7950X in games, and offers performance similar to AMD’s CPU in productivity, even though it costs any less. It is worth keeping an eye on the next comparisons.