Report: Early Ryzen benchmarks show promise


— 9:08 AM on December 27, 2016

The AMD-provided benchmarks for the company's upcoming Ryzen CPUs have painted the chips in a very favorable light indeed. Wiser heads know to wait for third-party data before making any judgements, though. As it turns out, some of that data is already trickling out. A reddit user posted what is reportedly a leaked image taken from the newest issue of French tech magazine Canard PC, presenting benchmarks of what appears to be a Ryzen engineering sample.

I'll cut to the chase: in synthetic and productivity benchmarks like video encoding, 3D rendering, and CAD, the Ryzen sample sits comfortably between the 6-core Core i7-6800K and the 8-core i7-6900K. Meanwhile, in gaming benchmarks, the Ryzen sample sits between the Core i5-6500 and Core i5-6600 CPUs. All in all, not a bad showing for an engineering sample of AMD's new chip.

The performance of this chip is impressive considering that Canard PC says its sample runs at a base clock of 3.15 GHz and a turbo speed of 3.3 GHz. That's significantly below the 3.4 GHz base clock that AMD promised in a recent presentation. While Canard PC doesn't state it outright, the low clock rate likely stems from the fact that the CPU in question is an engineering sample. Higher clock speeds on the final parts might enable Summit Ridge to catch up with Intel's faster Skylake parts in gaming benchmarks.

Another notable fact is that the Ryzen CPU reportedly drew about 90W under load, after accounting for losses in the motherboard's voltage regulators. That puts the engineering sample that Canard PC tested smack into the same efficiency range as the Core i7-6900K, a CPU that drew a bit more power in exchange for more performance.

Going by these numbers, it looks like Ryzen might be the leap forward that AMD needs to become a contender in the high-end CPU market again. Not only does this chip appear to hold its own against the blue team's competition, it utterly annihilates the four-year-old Piledriver-based FX-8370 processor in both performance and efficiency. Of course, given that these are unverified benchmarks of an engineering sample for an unreleased processor, keep the salt shaker handy. In any case, we're eager to get our hands on one of the new chips to put it through its paces.

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