AMD Threadripper has been dethroned as world champion as Intel’s Xeon W9-3495X 56-core workstation processor completely beats it on the industry-standard Cinebench R23 benchmark.
Cinebench R23, in case you haven’t used it, is a visual rendering benchmark that divides the image into individual segments, each of which is drawn to the screen in sequence. The more processing cores and threads available to draw these segments, the faster the entire image can be rendered and the higher the resulting processor score.
The AMD Threadripper line of workstation chips has long held the top spot thanks to its ample number of processing cores. The Threadripper 3995X and 5995X feature 64 cores and 128 threads respectively. The Intel Xeon W9-3495X has fewer 8 cores and 16 threads, so this usually gives Threadripper chips a big advantage over Intel’s competing Xeon chips.
Still, despite the low core and thread count, the W9-3495X still scored 132,484 points in Cinebench R23’s multi-core performance. This is more than 10,000 points higher than his 121,215 for the previous world record holder AMD Threadripper 5995WX.
This is a big win for Intel, and certainly something to brag about, but these may be short-lived. As Wccftech
(opens in new tab) Be warned, AMD’s Zen 4 Threadripper chips are just around the corner, and the 64-core/128-thread Threadripper 7995WX could very well reclaim the throne before the end of the year. This is great for Intel, but why should I care? (Image credit: Elite League/HWBot)
The Cinebench R23’s new world record is certainly impressive, but it’s also incredibly niche for most people, and very difficult to replicate.
Both Intel and AMD’s records were set using chips cooled by a special liquid nitrogen setup. This isn’t something you likely have on hand, even if you have an Intel Xeon W9-3495X. The Chip line is a high-end workstation kit that costs thousands of dollars.
Additionally, these records were achieved by overclocking the processor to achieve faster frequencies. In this case, it’s about 184% faster than the standard clock frequency that Xeon chips are designed to run at.
However, this is still important for the average consumer. Intel’s Xeon lineup isn’t limited to Intel’s Xeon lineup being able to break world records with improved instructions per clock (IPC) for Intel Xeon. And just as the improvements AMD makes to its Zen 4 Threadrippers will benefit its entire processor lineup going forward, we can expect to see it enter the manufacturer’s chips for the consumer market in the coming years.
So if Intel and AMD can push their best processors even further, then anyone looking for the best gaming PCs to the best Chromebooks, even for workstation PCs, will appreciate the engineering that produced this world-record feat. will benefit from