Geekbench score of the upcoming Intel Core-i9 7960X has leaked out and shows impressive performance from the 16 core part that will go head to head with AMD's Threadripper 1950X flagship. The HCC (High Core Count) part from Intel is slated to arrive sometime later this year and will be fully compatible with the X299 platform for Skylake-X. It will have an MSRP of $1699 - which is pretty damn high for a part like this.
Geekbench performance of Intel's $1699 Core i9-7960X CPU leaked - Appears to be an under-clocked engineering sample
The processor scores 5238 points in single core results and 33672 points in the multi core results. While these would be very impressive numbers for any other chip, these are much lower than expected for the 16 core part. In fact, if you take a look at the scores earned by the Core i9-7900X (which is a 10 Core / 20 Thread part) you will see similar performance in almost all categories except the Floating Point and Memory category. The reason for this is obvious - the chip appears to be clocked at 2.5 GHz, which is a very low clock even considering this is a 16 core part.
The benchmark was conducted on the 21st of July, 2017, 2 days ago. The test system has the following specifications:
- OS: Windows 10 64 bit
- Motherboard: ASUS PRIME X299-Deluxe
- RAM: 32 GB
- CPU: Core i9-7960X (16 Cores / 32 Threads)
- CPU Clock: 2.51 GHz (All-Core)
- L1 Cache: 1 MB
- L2 Cache: 16 MB
- L3 Cache: 22.5 MB
We also learn something new about the Core i9-7960X from these specifications. Intel has previously not revealed the L3 Cache size of the processor but we can see now that it will be 22.5 MB. This is in accordance to the leaks that we have seen previously and basically acts as a confirmation for the same. As far as competition from AMD goes (and even a comparison to the older Skylake-X parts), I took the liberty of adding AMD's Threadripper 1950X score in the following chart as well (which is also a 16 Core / 32 Thread part):
Intel Core i9-7920X Geekbench Performance
|CPU Name||Intel Core i9-7960X 16 Core, 32 Thread @ 2.5 GHz (Engineering Sample)||AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16 Core, 32 Thread @ 3.4 GHz (NewEntry)||Intel Core i9-7900X 10 Core, 20 Thread @ 3.3 GHz|
|Single Core Performance||5238||4074||5390|
|Multi Core Performance||33672||26768||33945|
|Single Core: Integer||5460||3933||5541|
|Single Core: Floating Point||5576||3869||6054|
|Single Core: Memory||4279||4245||4107|
|Multi Core: Integer||34635||31567||38695|
|Multi Core: Floating Point||50087||34794||46700|
|Multi Core: Memory||6437||5206||5935|
As you can see Core i9-7900X currently leads the charts in terms of performance per $ (as far as Geekbench v4.0 result goes). Keep in mind however, that these results are very different from compute benchmarks such as the Cinebench R15 where the Threadripper parts vastly outperform Intel's. In those scenarios, AMD parts are roughly 40% better performance per dollar based on Cinebench numbers for the AMD Threadripper parts. Since a very large market exists for rendering applications for these chips, they are going to sell like hot cakes. AMD has indeed brought the world of high core count CPUs into the hands of the average consumer.
The Core i9-7960X however, has an absolutely abysmal price/performance ratio at these numbers. The only explanation for this score is that this is an engineering sample and judging from the 2.5 GHz clock rate - that seems very probable. A clock rate increase (all-core) of 500 MHz is expected at the very least if the final retail versions are to have any hope of a meaningful value proposition. You can check out the complete Geekbench score over here.