AMD's 96-core behemoth just sent Intel's best processor into oblivion to claim 19 world speed records — and it's only just getting started

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AMD's Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX is demonstrating exactly why it's been so highly anticipated by claiming a swathe of new records in various benchmarking categories. 

The EPYC processor currently holds the record for tests in various categories including Cinebench R23 multi-core, Geekbench 3 multi-core, and HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 4k, according to HWBot, a site dedicated to overclocking achievements, with users able to upload their benchmarking results with customized hardware to vie amongst each other to achieve record results across a plethora of categories. 

AMD's high-powered chip, which is one of the fastest processors ever made to date, hit the market in October 2023. It comes with 96 cores, 192 threads, 96MB L2 cache, and 384MB L3 cache, and is capable of hitting a clock speed of 2.5GHz by default with a boost of up to 5.1GHz. Early tests have branded it "unstoppable", and it's without a doubt set to be a staple in the best workstations now and in the coming months.

AMD's 96-core monster makes a flying start

The 19 world records the processor has amassed on HWBot come alongside several marvelous feats it's achieved since it's been in circulation since early 2023.

Leaks in March 2023 teased some key details around the newly launched CPU, namely that it features 3D V-cache, which allows for more cache memory to be allocated to the CPU core. 

Some months later, test results emerged on Geekbench – the popular benchmarking platform for chips and components – with the system fitted into an HP Z6 G5 workstation. Needless to say, it claimed one of its first world records with this test result. The Zen-4 CPU was then discovered on the Sisoftware Sandra test database, having been tested on a Dell Precision 8785 Tower. This corroborated the previous leak.

Amid these test results, AMD's speed demon also wrestled away a widely coveted world that Intel had previously held and had been traded between the two firms for a while. It smashed Intel's 56-core Intel Xeon W903495X to claim the world record in the Cinebench R23 test, a widely used benchmark in the creative industries. 

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Keumars Afifi-Sabet
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Keumars Afifi-Sabet is the Technology Editor for Live Science. He has written for a variety of publications including ITPro, The Week Digital and ComputerActive. He has worked as a technology journalist for more than five years, having previously held the role of features editor with ITPro. In his previous role, he oversaw the commissioning and publishing of long form in areas including AI, cyber security, cloud computing and digital transformation.