8 Cores, 16 Threads @2.6 GHz, Sandy Bridge EP.
Release date ≤ Q1 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 37,829 user samples
4,803 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 74% Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 55% Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.6 GHz (avg)
Poor: 55% Great: 74%
SPEED RANK: 454th / 1442
Gaming 67%
Battle cruiser
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation 61%
33,026 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 90% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 90% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 68th / 1442
Gaming 100%
Desktop 100%
Workstation 121%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
67.3 % 100 % Much faster effective speed.
Avg. Memory Latency
79.1 Pts 81 Pts +2%
Avg. Single Core Speed
74.8 Pts 164 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
Avg. Dual Core Speed
152 Pts 326 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
Avg. Quad Core Speed
300 Pts 639 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
Avg. Octa Core Speed
542 Pts 1232 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
OC Memory Latency
88.5 Pts 92.7 Pts +5%
OC Single Core Speed
86.2 Pts 180 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
OC Dual Core Speed
172 Pts 355 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
OC Quad Core Speed
333 Pts 697 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
OC Octa Core Speed
628 Pts 1376 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
Market Share
Based on 67,685,942 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.01 % 0.2 % Insanely higher market share.
Value For Money
106 % Better value.
89.7 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % 69 % Much more popular.
Price (score)
$53 Hugely cheaper.
122+ Months 41 Months Much more recent.
OC Multi Core Speed
807 Pts 3063 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
Avg. Multi Core Speed
746 Pts 2633 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.

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]


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