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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core Zen 3 CPU Overclocked to 6 GHz on all 16 cores

An entry for AMD’s Flagship Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPU, Ryzen 9 5950X, has been discovered in the Geekbench reference database which shows an insane clock speed and performance figures. The entry was detected by TUM_APISAK (via Videocardz) and shows the 16-core chip running at up to 6 GHz.

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core Zen 3 CPU overclocked to 6 GHz, running on Apple macOS

What is surprising about this overclock is that it was achieved in the Apple macOS environment, which is unusual for an overclocked entry of an unreleased chip to appear, also with LN2 cooling. It is likely that the setup was a Hackintosh and started with macOS 10.15.7 (Built 19H2) operating system, but the reference title is mentioned as iMac Pro, which makes it seem very unlikely.

MSI’s entire 400 Series (X470 & B450) motherboard supports AMD Ryzen 5000 “Zen 3” desktop CPUs

When it comes to clock speeds, there are two entries for the CPU, and both show the chip running at clock speeds of 6 GHz. The Geekbench database “.gb5” file shows that the clock speed actually ran at an average clock speed of 6.0 GHz (5931-6023 MHz). The chip used was also Ryzen 9 5950X as the OPN code matches the website code for the flagship chip.

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series “Vermeer” CPU Setup

CPU name Cores / threads Base Clock Boost Clock Cache (L2 + L3) PCIe lanes (Gen 4 CPU + PCH) TDP Price
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16/32 3.4 GHz 4.9 GHz 72 MB TBA 105W $ 799 US
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12/24 3.7 GHz 4.8 GHz 70 MB TBA 105W $ 549 US
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8/16 3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 36 MB TBA 105W $ 449 US
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6/12 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 35 MB TBA 65W $ 299 US
AMD Ryzen 5 5600 6/12 TBA TBA 32 MB TBA 65W $ 219 US?

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core and 32-wire processor have the “100-000000059-37_46 / 35_N” OPN code. Based on the clock speeds alone, we can say that this specific sample is a technical selection, since the official variant has a 3.4 GHz base and a 4.9 GHz boost clock. In terms of performance value, AMD Ryzen got 9 5950X at 6 GHz 2024 points in single and 17 448 points in tests with several threads. Just for comparison, a Ryzen 9 3900X processor was also detected at 5.88 GHz (macOS), and the chip scored 1696 points in single and 15,830 points in multi-threaded tests.

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core CPU references at 6 GHz against other Ryzen CPUs. (Photos: @ Harukaze5719)

Benchmarks compiled by Harukaze5719 show that the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is around 10% faster than the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X at 5.88 GHz in multi-wire and around 20% faster than the chip in single-wire tests. The single-wire test shows around 19% IPC improvement for the Ryzen 5950X over the Ryzen 9 3900X considering that the clock speeds are about the same and a single core is tested.

The AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs, codenamed Vermeer, will be launched on November 5. The launch series will include 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X, 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X, 8-core Ryzen 7 5800X and 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X. You can learn more about these SKUs here. All 500 Series motherboards (X570 / B550) will receive BIOS updates to support the next generation, so if you are planning to get a Ryzen 5000 processor at launch, you should head over to this link and grab one that is supported for your motherboard (please note that support from the 400 series will come later around January 2021).

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