Usually, the Ryzen 9 3900X, which is based on AMD’s Zen 2 microarchitecture, runs at 3.8GHz, with a 4.6GHz boost.
- How to overclock your CPU
- These are the best AMD processors
- AMD’s graphics cards are also crushing it, beating out Nvidia
This time beats the previous record, in which the Intel Core i9-7920X completed the test in 35 seconds 693 milliseconds.
Less is more
What’s interesting about these results, as Tom’s Hardware points out, is that the Intel Core i9 hit that record while overclocked to 5,955 MHz. That means the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X completed the benchmark faster – and gained the world record – while being overclocked at a lower clock speed.
Both the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and the Intel Core i9-7920X, which is based on Intel’s Skylake microarchitecture, are 12-core CPUs with 24 threads.
It seems like the AMD chip was able to get a better time with a lower clock speed thanks to the fact that AMD’s Zen 2 microarchitecture has higher instructions per cycle (IPC) is higher than Skylake.
The way AMD’s SMT (simultaneous multithreading) works compared to Intel’s Hyper-Threading tech could also be playing a part in the results.
Still, it’s yet another piece of good news for AMD on the CPU front.
- These are the best processors
Sign up for Black Friday email alerts!
Get the hottest deals available in your inbox plus news, reviews, opinion, analysis and more from the TechRadar team.
Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.