AMD Threadripper breaks 148K Cinebench R23 score, a new world record
The company invited members of the media to its headquarters for the first public demo of the new Threadripper platform. One of the sessions included an extreme overclocking attempt, a successful one, one may add.
The review and performance embargo for the Threadripper 7000 series seemed to have caused some confusion. Media attendees of the event were instructed not to publish any benchmarks until the official launch of the new platform, scheduled for November 21st. Nevertheless, it appears that some data may have leaked, either intentionally or accidentally.
The AMD Threadripper 7000 series had been long-awaited, with rumors dating back to before the introduction of Zen4. AMD wasn’t in a hurry, as they had a well-established Zen4 desktop lineup with up to 16 cores and support for PCIe Gen5 and DDR5 standards. However, Intel’s launch of the Sapphire Rapids-WS platform (W2400/W3400) series seemingly left AMD with no option but to respond, and that response was delivered.
The Threadripper 7000 series will support up to 96 Zen4 cores and will be divided into PRO and non-PRO series, with the 96-core version exclusively available in the PRO lineup. The series will also include variants with 64, 32, 16, and even 12 cores.
A PCMag review of the new Dell platform, featuring the flagship 96-core CPU known as Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX, confirmed the performance figures highlighted in AMD’s marketing materials. For example, the Cinebench R23 benchmark pitted two of the most capable HEDT CPUs currently on the market, the Threadripper PRO 5995WX and the Intel Xeon W9-3495X, against AMD’s 7995WX CPU. The new Threadripper CPU outperformed the Intel CPU by a significant margin, with an 80% increase in performance, and it also surpassed the last-gen Threadripper by 56%.
Meanwhile, at a live demonstration held at AMD headquarters some day prior, an overclocking session took place. Although photos from this event were shared by QuasarZone, they were not authorized to disclose any specific performance figures or statistics. VideoCardz, however, is not under any embargo.
We were able to obtain a screenshot from this session, which confirms the achieved score and reveals that liquid nitrogen cooling was employed. It appears that the CPU was overclocked to sustain a 4.4 GHz boost clock across all 96 cores, demanding over 620 watts of power. It’s noteworthy that the CPU supports overclocking through Ryzen Master, enabling a maximum power limit of up to 1000 watts.
The current world record is set at an impressive 147,668 points achieved with a dual EPYC 9654 setup, so the Threadripper’s 148,719 score has successfully surpassed the previous record. Additionally, the CPU achieved an 8,052 points in Cinebench 2024, outperforming the current record holder, the Xeon W9-3495, by 1,893 points (a 31% difference). This accomplishment truly marks a return to the HEDT segment for AMD.
Sadly, everyday AMD users won’t be able to achieve similar scores simply because the CPU costs too much, at $9,999. Moreover, any attempts at overclocking would result in the voiding of the warranty.