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AMD 2nd Gen Threadripper And Intel Core i9 8-Core Cinebench Throwdown Leak Is Drool-Worthy

Earlier this morning we brought you some rumored specs for AMD's incoming Ryzen Threadripper 2990X, 2970X and 2950X processors. Now, we're getting another look at the performance of the flagship Threadripper 2990X along with some incoming [unreleased] Intel processors.

The Ryzen Threadripper 2990X reportedly has a base clock of 3.4GHz, but this particular 32-core, 64-thread processor is seen overclocked at speeds ranging from 4GHz on up to 4.2GHz. Now before you cry foul about the result at 4.2GHz being the slowest showing for the processor, we'd have to imagine that it's reaching its thermal limits and is being throttled back, resulting in the lower scores.

For comparison, we were able to get a stock, 16-core/32-thread Ryzen Threadripper 1950X to deliver a Cinebench R15 score of 3033.

Our Cinebench R15 scores

The other key takeaway from these results is the unidentified Intel CPU called out in red. It's listed as an 8-core, 16-thread CPU clocked at 3.1GHz. By all accounts, we're looking at the Core i9-9900K, which is reported to have 8 cores and 16 threads. 

However, this [likely] engineering sample is one microcode short of revealing its true identity as witnessed by the lack of a model number and the misrepresented clock speed. Our earlier reporting suggests that the Core i9-9900K won't have a base clock of 3.1GHz, but rather 3.6GHz with a single-core boost of 5GHz.

What's interesting to note about these scores is that the alleged Core i9-9900K is actually slightly faster than the Core i9-7900X, which is a 10-core/20-thread processor in the Core-X family. If these results are accurate, Intel could have a pretty stout mainstream processor on its hands. 

We've seen this 8-core, 3.1GHz chip pop up recently on 3DMark. Over the weekend, a strikingly similar chip was kicking ass and taking names in the Time Spy benchmark with a CPU score of 10,719 and an overall score of 9,862. Not even an overclocked Ryzen 7 2700X could keep up with those figures.

It won't be too much longer before we're given the complete rundown on AMD and Intel's latest salvo of processors. AMD is expected to launch its second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors on August 13th, while the Coffee Lake Refresh processors are also rumored to arrive next month.

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