The new Zen 4 processor has already broken CPU world records in terms of liquid cooling, outperforming previous records that have utilized exotic cooling (like liquid nitrogen or similar).
The Ryzen 7950X set the records for the rankings on HWBOT, with two overclocking experts Sampson and Blueleader achieving four new all-time highs with only a Corsair H115i all-in-one liquid cooler (with the 7950X running in a variety of different X670E high-end motherboards).
As Hot Hardware (opens in new tab) reports, the world records were set in Cinebench R15, R20, R23, and 7-Zip, with Splave losing the top spot as a result.
The 7950X, which is a 16-core processor, has boosted speeds across all of the cores in this testing, with temperatures ranging from 87C to 108C, and power usage reaching 244W at maximum.
Analysis: The best is yet to come
For a chip that uses a (relatively) simple liquid cooler to beat Splaves previous records in these rankings is absolutely impressive. Splave (and others dividing the very top of these benchmark charts) utilized liquid nitrogen for cooling. Obviously that isn''t something that is feasible for an everyday PC, or the average enthusiast, but a Corsair H115i certainly is within reach of those people.
This makes us wonder exactly what the Ryzen 7950X will be able to achieve when it gets some exotic cooling and the overclocking ante really increases. After all, it is expected to already nab a slot among our ranking of the best processors.
Some skeptics are asking questions, such as what the ambient temperature in the room for these records was, but there is no denying this is a breathtaking feat, which might lead to some significantly power-efficient processors further down the Ryzen 7000 range, where most individuals will be buying.
We might also look at some attractive CPUs for average users and overclocking fiends alike. In recent years, weve also seen a lot about how Intels next-gen Raptor Lake is planning to perform well with its 8GHz flagship, so it appears that the entire sphere of next-gen processors might be a pleasure for enthusiasts. However, when really pushed, Raptor Lake will not maintain that same efficiency level.