AMD said the world’s fastest CPU is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which runs at a base speed of 3.4 GHz and a boost speed of 4 GHz. It comes in with a Cinebench benchmark score that ranges from 2,900 to 3,100, depending on the system and its overclocking, or how much it is revved beyond the usual spec. Those are varied scores, but they show that AMD is competitive with Intel for the speed crown for the first time since 2006. (Another 100 reviews are expected to hit today from overclockers, and AMD expects even better results).
By comparison, the 10-core Intel Core i9-7900X is rated over 2,000 on Cinebench, with variations depending on overclocking. It’s a good comparison since both chips are shipping in the market and they are priced at $1,000 each. On some measures, AMD says that it has 38 percent better performance at the same price point as Intel, based on the Cinebench results.
“We should have the world’s fastest PC desktop processor,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s computing and graphics business group, in an interview with VentureBeat. “I’m a processor architect. On a personal level, it is pretty exciting to deliver that.”