AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X processor has been overclocked to over 7.2GHz with exotic cooling, a new leak has revealed.
As Wccftech (opens in new tab) In reports, Tum_Apisak highlighted this one on Twitter, complete with screenshots of CPU-Z showing the 16-core Zen 4 flagship reaching 6.5GHz across all its cores and 7.247GHz on one core. This was using liquid nitrogen cooling.
Single-core high was achieved with a voltage of 1506V, and we can see that overclocking to 6.5GHz on all cores required 1465V.
As with any leak, of course we must apply our own spice, but with the CPU clearly available and being tested by many people (such as reviewers and overclocking experts) ahead of its imminent release – on September 27th – it’s not surprising to see many spills occurring around Zen 4 processors.
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Clearly, these are very promising starting speeds for the Ryzen 9 7950X to hit – and we’ll no doubt see the flagship CPU much faster after launch, and overclockers will have time to really get to grips with the processor. (Remember, initial overclock records are always improved by experts – and we’re not at the official release point of the 7950X yet.)
Some people, however, might think back to the recent Raptor Lake leaks – Intel’s next-gen CPUs that will rival the Ryzen 7000 – and remember that the 13th-gen (13900K) flagship has already surfaced showing it’s capable of being overclocking to an impressive 8 GHz (not an area Intel has been close to for a long time with overclocking potential).
That said, it’s obviously not worth getting too obsessed and focused on raw clock speeds, because there’s a lot more to processor performance than that – particularly the IPC (instructions per clock) improvements that a new generation brings. Don’t forget, Zen 4 is an all-new architecture that promises a big step forward for AMD.
In fact, a very recent leak shows AMD’s Ryzen 7950X already breaking benchmarking world records with standard cooling – beating existing records that use exotic cooling, no less. So what this flagship can do with liquid nitrogen must be seriously impressive on the performance front. But with Raptor Lake achieving truly staggering overclocks by all accounts, the showdown at the top of the line for high-end CPUs promises to be fascinating for enthusiasts looking to improve these flagships.