The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X processor may go down an impressive 5.85GHz, but you'll need a legendary cooler

The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X processor may go down an impressive 5.85GHz, but you'll need a legendary coole ...

The Ryzen 9 7950X, a new AMDs processor, has been exposed to a new concern about the high-end processor that is believed to be capable of reaching these speeds.

So, seasoning is at the ready, and plenty of it, but the claim comes from Wccftech (opens in new tab), whose sources claim that while AMD expects the 7950X to achieve an increase of (up to) 5.7GHz, the peak boost will be higher, potentially hitting 5.85GHz as a peak (fMax) speed.

This indicates that stock may have a range of 5.85GHz, which means that just out of the box, there will be no tuning or overclocking applied from the flagship chip, at least some time (with some big flaws, which may well dive into in a moment).

The Ryzen 9 7950X will also have an all-core boost of 5.1GHz (certain caveats apply here, however, point to point) meaning that the CPU will be capable of reaching that speed across every one of its 16 cores, whereas the faster mentioned increases will only apply to one core in many situations. Obviously, pushing all cores flat out is a far more demanding task than one or two having the pedal to the metal.

Note that we have seen a 5.85GHz higher speed for a pre-release 7950X in the past, but this confirms the current assertion (albeit this is all still the spinning of the rumor mill). However, AMD Ryzen processors are known to be capable of topping the rated boost even at stock configurations, so it is no surprise to see a modest bump here.

With the Zen 4 flagship, cooling is crucial.

Remember that 5.7GHz increases are generally greater than those seen from stock AMD''s Zen 4 flagship CPU. For a good reason, however, the peak frequency of 5.85GHz is what you might expect on a single core on occasion, probably only briefly.

How often a thing happens will depend on a number of factors in the main, namely how good the processor you purchased is some run a bit faster than others, which is whats known as the silicon lottery, with slight differences in tolerance for being pushed a bit harder, and also there is a cooling solution to consider.

Skeptical hat on, but Wccftech warns that the 5.85GHz highs will only be hit when the temperature of the flagship CPU is kept below 50C (in other words, when well out of any thermal danger, by the sound of things) and that most users will not see that peak frequency, at least not straight out of the box, and you will need a seriously expensive cooler (think liquid cooling) to witness it (and even then, this will be brief peaks).

With a combined strength of 5.1GHz, some 7950X chips are expected to run a little more conservatively, but they might reach around 5GHz, perhaps just a touch under. Although differences to this degree aren''t going to have a huge impact on overall performance, by and large.

Don''t forget that the Intels Raptor Lake flagship is expected to hit 5.8GHz, so the battle between the Core i9-13900K and Ryzen 9 7950X will likely be intense, considering that performance is dependent on a lot more than just raw clock speeds. In terms of keen prospective purchasers, Raptor Lake is likely to be a good bet for overclockers the 13900K has already been seen, albeit there are certain limitations over how much room enthusiasts will have to maneuver with Ryzen