Average Bench: 101% (16th of 1335)

Based on 49,521 user benchmarks.  Device: 178BFBFF00A20F10 Model: AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-Core Processor

The 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen 9 5950X is an impressive workhorse. It sits at the top of AMD’s latest Zen 3 based, 5000 series of CPUs and sends a clear message that AMD can beat Intel in terms of raw performance and core count. The 5950X has a boost clock speed of up to 4.9 GHz, a massive 72 MB cache and a TDP rating of 105W. Despite the clear “gaming” focus of AMD’s 5000 series launch marketing, the 5950X does not efficiently leverage all its 16 cores in gaming (as demonstrated by similar effective speed scores compared to the 12-core 5900X, 8-core 5800X and 6-core 5600X.) 16 cores are only suitable for professional use cases that have CPU processing needs which cannot be more efficiently met by a GPU or other dedicated hardware. There is no Intel equivalent with this number of cores, and the 5950X’s uniqueness is reflected in its $799 USD price tag, 45% more expensive than the 5900X. Gamers will get far higher FPS per dollar by allocating a higher proportion of their budget towards a better GPU rather than blowing $799 USD on the 5950X. Professional users that plan to use 32 concurrent threads at 100% load will find value in the 5950X. On the other hand, workstation users that rarely exceed 20 concurrent threads at 100% should consider the 10850K for around half the money. [Nov '20 CPUPro]

Outstanding average bench

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X averaged 1.3% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 2,967Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,205Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is 23%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Memory Latency 86.7Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 620Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 49,521 samples)
Min Avg Max
73.5 Memory 86.7 95.3
130 1-Core 162 174
260 2-Core 320 345
104% 189 Pts
Min Avg Max
491 4-Core 620 670
963 8-Core 1,205 1,313
113% 912 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,702 64-Core 2,967 3,448
199% 2,967 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.8
1-Core 166
2-Core 332
110% 198 Pts
4-Core 660
8-Core 1,325
122% 993 Pts
64-Core 3,660
246% 3,660 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.8
1-Core 176
2-Core 348
113% 206 Pts
4-Core 662
8-Core 1,285
120% 974 Pts
64-Core 3,039
204% 3,039 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 92
1-Core 139
2-Core 280
96% 170 Pts
4-Core 562
8-Core 1,130
104% 846 Pts
64-Core 2112
142% 2112 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 49,673,056 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $800 @ launch in Nov '20
AmazonUS $7841 day
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Gaming
Gaming 231%
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Desktop 105%
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Workstation
Workstation 287%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 54% - Above average Total price: $2,454

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 Comments

Ryzen 5000 processors with the 7nm Zen 3 Architecture power the next generation of demanding games...

Added 14 months ago.

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1 day ago.

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AMD are great at selling junk. They pee in the well with fake comments, glorified cheerleaders on youtube and paid magazine reviews. My POS PC still crashes randomly. Everybody needs to call the rats out instead of letting them get away with it.—Nov '20


Average

13 days ago.

im putting this cuz it say best

Comment 

This CPU is useless for gamers, dont waste your money!—Nov '20


Terrible

3 days ago.

Comment 

Marketing AMD success is just a big bubble—Jan '21


Excellent

1 month ago.

in multi core the R9 5950x is better


Excellent

12 days ago.

does run hot so i've had to buy a new noctua dh15s cooler


Excellent

2 months ago.

i9 is so much better than ryzen 9 with a lower price


Good

14 months ago.


Poor

2 months ago.

if your gamer , go with with intel i7


Good

10 months ago.

this cpu is same as i9 10980xe in multicore and much faster in single core , but bottlenecked by dual channel ram . i think next generation of ryzen must have 3 or 4 channel ram system


Poor

13 months ago.

Too pricey (Launch price of $800 versus the current $1300)) Otherwise good


Excellent

5 months ago.

5950X is the best cpu that money can buy but there are some rumors about 12th gen intel cpus are way more powerful than the 5950X. We will see.


Excellent

2 months ago.

i got one in a million chip and this are awesome!!! nice CPU, finnaly a binned chip


Excellent

7 months ago.

Best consumer grade cpu. Unlike server cpus, Ryzen 9 5950x gives really great single core performance. Obviously this cpu is for productivity. In gaming scenarios a lower core cpu with some faster clock speeds will do better


Terrible

9 months ago.

A lof of bugs and problems.


Excellent

21 hrs ago.

Great Performance


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