Another day, another performance leak. This time it one of AMD's upcoming "Pinnacle Ridge" processors that showed up on Geekbench, a popular browser-based benchmarking site that examines both single-core and mulit-core performance metrics. The processor in question is AMD's Ryzen 5 2600, an as-yet unreleased CPU and the next generation successor to the existing Ryzen 5 1600.
In case you have not been following, Pinnacle Ridge is slated to launch in March, according to recent reports. Take that with a grain of salt, however, as back in September there were reports saying Pinnacle Ridge would launch in February. It is also expected that Pinnacle Ridge processors will be built on a 12-nanometer LP node, versus 14nm for current generation Summit Ridge parts.
Pinnacle Ridge is essentially an optimized version of Summit Ridge, built on a smaller manufacturing process. The tweaked architecture will bring with it a performance uplift and presumably better power efficiency. This is not to be confused with Zen 2, otherwise known as Matise, which is due out sometime next year.
The Ryzen 5 2600 is a 6-core/12-thread processor with a 3.4GHz base clock and 3.8GHz boost clock. It also has 3MB of L2 cache, 16MB of L3 cache, and a 65W TDP.
In Geekbench, the chip scored 4,269 in the single-thread testing and 20,102 in multi-threaded testing. Compared to the Ryzen 5 1600, which is a 6-core/12-thread processor clodcked at 3.2GHz to 3.6GHz with the same cache arrangement and TDP, the Ryzen 5 2600 is anywhere from 7-15 percent faster in single-threaded performance, and 22-31 percent faster in multi-threaded performance. The ranges in percentages take into account different scores in Geekbench's database.
Even if going by the low end numbers a 7 percent jump in single-threaded performance and 22 percent gain in multi-threaded work chores is a nice upgrade. Part of the difference is obviously attributable to faster clockspeeds, but performance optimizations underneath the hood also play a role. The gap could be even wider when Pinnacle Ridge ships too, as AMD and its partners will have had more time to polish up drivers.