Average Bench: 100% (74th of 1452)

Based on 33,026 user benchmarks.  Devices: 178BFBFF00A20F10, 178BFBFF00A20F12 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 “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 0.2% 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 Speed 2,633Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 639Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is 20.6%. 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 81Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 1,232Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 33,026 samples)
Min Avg Max
69.5 Memory 81 92.7
135 1-Core 164 180
272 2-Core 326 355
101% 190 Pts
Min Avg Max
523 4-Core 639 697
959 8-Core 1,232 1,376
111% 935 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,521 64-Core 2,633 3,063
163% 2,633 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.7
1-Core 183
2-Core 366
111% 211 Pts
4-Core 703
8-Core 1,389
124% 1,046 Pts
64-Core 2,656
164% 2,656 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.8
1-Core 182
2-Core 353
109% 206 Pts
4-Core 696
8-Core 1162
113% 929 Pts
64-Core 1,581
98% 1,581 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.1
1-Core 176
2-Core 350
108% 204 Pts
4-Core 670
8-Core 1,332
118% 1,001 Pts
64-Core 2,757
171% 2,757 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.7
1-Core 171
2-Core 341
103% 196 Pts
4-Core 658
8-Core 1266
114% 962 Pts
64-Core 2,447
151% 2,447 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.3
1-Core 148
2-Core 292
94% 175 Pts
4-Core 584
8-Core 1,148
102% 866 Pts
64-Core 2,644
164% 2,644 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $800 @ launch in Nov '20
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Typical Ryzen 9 5950X Builds (Compare 3,971 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
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Gaming 207%
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Desktop 104%
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Workstation 248%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $1,601

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 Comments

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

Added 3 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

5 days 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

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Advanced Marketing Devices - lol—Nov '22


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Average

6 days ago.

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


Excellent

17 months ago.

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


Good

13 months ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.


Terrible

17 months ago.

if your gamer , go with with intel i7


Poor

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

13 months ago.

The best processor I used since now, I compared with I7 10700 but are in to two different chatergories, I love this CPU.


Excellent

3 years 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

3 years ago.

A lof of bugs and problems.


Excellent

3 months ago.

Upgraded to this from a Ryzen 5 3600. Got it secondhand to reduce the cost, still worth it though. Don't need to bother with a 13900K or 14900K now the 5950X will keep me going for many years to come.


Good

3 months ago.

All what you need is more cores!!


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