AMD's new flagship Zen 5-based Ryzen 9 9950X CPU: max frequency of up to 5.85GHz, same as Zen 4

AMD's next-generation Zen 5-based Ryzen 9 9950X processor rumored with same FMAX, or maximum frequency as Ryzen 9 7950X: up to 5.85GHz max.

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AMD's upcoming next-gen Zen 5-based flagship Ryzen 9 9950X processor is expected to feature the same maximum CPU frequency as the Zen 4-based Ryzen 9 7950X at up to 5.85GHz.

AMD's new flagship Zen 5-based Ryzen 9 9950X CPU: max frequency of up to 5.85GHz, same as Zen 4 85

The FMAX or peak frequency is the maximum default clock limit that is allowed within the BIOS of AMD's fleet of Ryzen CPUs, with the current-gen Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" processors FMAX at 5.85GHz for the Ryzen 9 7950X processor, and it looks like it'll be the same for the Ryzen 9 9950X processor and Zen 5.

In a new post by AnandTech forum member "igor_kavinski" who is reportedly using an ES sample of the Zen 5-based Ryzen 9 9950X processor, running at up to 5849MHz (5.85GHz). The 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen 9 9950X features 64MB of L3 cache and a maximum boost clock of 5.70GHz, with 170W TDP and above 200W+ with PBO activated, and up to 5.85GHz frequencies enjoyed.

FMAX will be different from chip to chip, with the flagship Ryzen 9 9950X processor featuring the highest FMAX of them all at 5.85GHz, but here's the breakdown from previous-gen CPUs:

  • Ryzen 9 9950X - 5.85 GHz (5.7 GHz Boost)
  • Ryzen 9 7950X - 5.85 GHz (5.7 GHz Boost)
  • Ryzen 9 7900X - 5.70 GHz (5.6 GHz Boost)
  • Ryzen 7 7700X - 5.50 GHz (5.4 GHz Boost)
  • Ryzen 5 7600X - 5.45 GHz (5.3 GHz Boost)
  • Ryzen 9 5950X - 5.05 GHz (4.9 GHz Boost)

We are not far at all from the launch of AMD's upcoming Zen 5-based Ryzen 9000 series "Granite Ridge" desktop processors, which is expected to be all-systems-go on July 31.

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