This time around for Geekbench, single-core scores actually regressed a bit compared to its first outing back in June. Single-core performance dropped down to 4074 (from 4216). However, its multi-core score increased nicely from 24723 to 26768.
While the multi-core score is no doubt an improvement over the June result, it still pales in comparison to the recently released Intel Core i9-7900X, which has a base clock of 3.3GHz, Turbo Boost 2.0 clock of 4.3GHz and a 4.5GHz Turbo Boost 3.0 clock. That processor puts up single- and multi-core scores of 5403 and 34691 respectively. That’s an impressive showing for what is “only” a 10-core processor with a total of 20 threads, but with an obvious clock speed advantage.
In addition to the Geekbench numbers, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X was also spotted on SiSoft SANDRA. Here, Arithmetic and Multimedia scores were listed at 434.32 GOPS and 821.64 Mpix/s respectively. The Core i9-7900X, on the other hand, put up scores of 336.20 GOPS and 1262.68 Mpix/s respectively.
There are, however, two things to remember about these numbers. Even though we are still a few weeks out from launch, there is still room for improvement when it comes to tweaks and optimizations to the platform. As we saw with early Ryzen 7 benchmarks, BIOS updates and application-specific optimizations can make a huge difference when it comes to performance.
On the other hand, Intel is already putting up strong single- and multi-core scores with the Core i9-7900X, and that doesn’t even take into account the unreleased members of the Core i9 family — the 7920X, 7940X, 7960X and 7980XE which have 12-, 14-, 16- and 18-cores respectively.
Regardless of how the final head-to-head performance matchups end up with Ryzen Threadripper and the Core i9 series, AMD is likely to have a strong value advantage over its Intel counterparts. For reference, the Core i9-7900X is a $1,000 processor, while the Core i9-7980XE will cost $2,000 when it launches later this year.