10-Core Intel Core i9-7900X Smashes Two Cinebench Overclocking World Records

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 4:55 PM

The undoubted star of the show at Computex this week has been the unveiling of Intel’s new Core i9 series of CPUs. None was more impressive than the Intel Core i9-7900X though, which unlike some other members of the new X-Series HEDT family, was on the show floor in working form. Overclockers have already been getting busy with the $999 , a 10-core/20-thread behemoth, setting world records in the process. 

The Intel Core i9-7900X will be available in June and comes with 10 Cores / 20 Threads and a 13.75MB L3 Cache. It has a base clock speed of 3.3GHz, rising to 4.5GHz with boost clock. As per all current i9’s, the Core i9-7900X is based on a Skylake-X CPU manufactured on the 14nm fabrication process. 

Overclocker Elmore managed to bump the clock speed up to almost 5.8GHz using liquid nitrogen cooling,  achieving a pair of Cinebench records in the process. 

Elmor got the Core i9-7900X up to 5755MHz in Cinebench R15, scoring 3181 points, and 5785MHz in Cinebench R11.5, scoring 34.79. These are the highest benchmark scores ever achieved on Cinebench outside of the 20+ Core server-based processors such as Intel Xeon. 

He achieved all this using the i9 CPU alongside 12GB DDR4 G.Skillz Trident Z memory and an ASUS Rampage VI Apex X299 motherboard. There was also a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti tucked in there, but this has no bearing on Cinebench scores.

These are some impressive scores, and what's even scarier is that the Intel Core i9-7900X actually sits in the middle of the pack in terms of Intel's new CPU family. There are four additional CPUs in the pipeline which are faster than the 7900X, so don't expect this world record to hold for long.

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06:16 Jun-09-2017

could some1 tell me how to overclock properly? i have a powerful pc that has no problem playing big games with high fps but i would like to see what this thing can do i use th xtreme gaming engine tool but that doesnt really overclock it

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20:06 Jun-05-2017

Crazy! Nearly double what I'm getting with my 8-core at 4.5GHz O_O
Though cooled by LN2 and seated in an entirely new socket, so I'll have to see if it even warrants a purchase of a new mobo for me when cooled with water...

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15:15 Jun-02-2017

And here I am still with the aging i7-950...

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15:26 Jun-02-2017

Mine was AMD FX 7600P.

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05:38 Jun-02-2017

Wondering how well can score threadripper at same speeds :D

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11:21 Jun-02-2017

probably slower singe-core performance and far more higher in multi-core because of the 16cores/32threads IF they were able to hit such a speed

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17:44 Jun-02-2017

Core for core, Ryzen smacked Intel around with slower speeds in this.

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06:42 Jun-03-2017

not sure tho i know ipc is just slighty worse then brodwell-e but one thing for sure amds smt is better

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06:56 Jun-03-2017

Actually I am pretty sure Ryzen's IPC is on the same level with Skylake....

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00:11 Jun-04-2017

with ryzen the ipc is kind of hard to get a handle on. there are stuff that it should be slower than broadwell or skylake but its better and then theres things it behind haswell with (mostly gaming stuff or adobe stuff).

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02:24 Jun-02-2017

Still using core 2 duo e8400 T-T

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15:27 Jun-02-2017

Mine is AMD FX 7600P

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22:53 Jun-01-2017

Is it really matter right now? Of Course the records will brake, it has to be!
In two months the ryzen will break the records then once again intel will break it... Its a loop
do I care? Not really

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03:32 Jun-02-2017

care enough to comment, so im guessing care enough to read the article.
that means you still care.

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10:52 Jun-02-2017

Well i have nothing better to do while I'm pooping so yes i did read the article

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20:10 Jun-02-2017

so you care x

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21:00 Jun-01-2017

Core i9 ,core i10, core i11. no matter how much cores you add still AMD is the best Technology in CPUs and GPUs.

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23:21 Jun-01-2017

I'm sorry but i have to disagree with you... I used to own an AMD GPU and it was all good until it overheated and gave up on life (i had to buy a new one (the same one))... After the second time it died I decided to get another GPU, the one i have right now. Some of my friends had similar problems with their AMD GPUs aswell.

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23:48 Jun-01-2017

We've come to a point in GPU technology where there are no big differences in heat output between AMD and nVidia themselves,but rather a cooling solution used on your specific card.
For example,if you use an AMD GPU,but with a good cooling,it will stay cool and have no issues. Also,if you use nVidia GPU with a bad cooler,it will be overheating and die more quickly. My 1070 never goes above 70C under full load because the cooler is really good but a reference 1070 (founders edition) goes up to 85-90C at full load and throttles down often.

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06:18 Jun-02-2017

Miha man, I've had GTX 1070 FE and it got to 70 degrees max. And it was OCd to 2085MHz, but since Pascal cards have no actual voltage control, the voltages weren't higher so no extra temps :D

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02:32 Jun-03-2017

I don't know man,but haven't heard good things about nVidia's reference cooler on the internet. I personally would never buy it

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06:59 Jun-03-2017

Everyone is hating that stock cooler for no reason :D my 1080 GAMING X gets way hotter than the 1070 FE I had, and it's hotter than @xquatrox 's FE 1080's or even his FE 1080 Ti's...... I think I'll stick with FEs from now on. Besides, they are far easier to watercool later on

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03:39 Jun-02-2017

i've had single and then dual 270x, 290 and fury x. never had a problem and i would overclock them until they cried.


if your case, gpu or fans have poor airflow then that can make all the difference. max airflow doesnt mean anything with airflow under the curve is crap.

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20:28 Jun-01-2017

My max was 1369cb...... -.-

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23:52 Jun-01-2017

Why do you even care mate? :D
Your CPU is good for years,mine too probably

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18:16 Jun-01-2017

I'd like to see Threadrippers performance here. I am really looking forward to seeing what a 16 core processor can do, from both sides respectively.

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22:51 Jun-01-2017

Purely performance/OC wise Skylake will most likely be faster, however in terms of lower power usage and perf/$, I think Threadripper will take the cake, and still not be too far off in terms of benches.

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03:51 Jun-02-2017

considering that intel 8 cores were beat by ryzen 8 cores at a lower speed, im going to have to say amd 16 cores are going to lay it down on intel in a way intel isnt ready for.

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17:53 Jun-01-2017

Normal to make new record. The new hardware always will make new records. Nothing new. Nothing impressive.

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22:54 Jun-01-2017

Well it is impressive, although I agree that the new hardware WILL break the record but more impressive is if the old one can break it

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17:34 Jun-01-2017

I hope AMDs threadripper is more than just two 1800X I'm sure it must be if it's going to have 64 pcie 3.0 lanes.

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19:25 Jun-01-2017

Clock speeds will still be limited by GFs 14nm process node.

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22:55 Jun-01-2017

And then we will have the 7nm tech that will surpass the 14nm

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03:53 Jun-02-2017

still didnt stop ryzen 8 cores from smacking intel 8 cores around at a slower speed.

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11:21 Jun-02-2017

True, but still it's unfortunate. Consider that AMD has better clock gating design than intel... thus 14nm is total crap...

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14:15 Jun-02-2017

my max Cinebench score is 1661 sadly I need to buy new ram my kit will not go any higher than 1066mhz because it is apparently not supported. Thought all I did was get the white variant that the reviewers were given. Going to be getting 32gb 3200mhz of a supported ram on my motherboard page this time.


Guess I should be happy I can even use this ram for the time being.

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14:19 Jun-02-2017

all the reviews I looked at got the rated speed on a lot of the ryzen boards even with my ram, doesn't seem to be the case with the Gigabyte AX370 gaming 5

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17:16 Jun-01-2017

yeah we all want amd to come back but intel is so ****ing savage...

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17:55 Jun-01-2017

Come back? When? I don't think AMD's been on top ever. Intel and NVIDIA are better. Most people prefer AMD cuz it's cheap, but you know.. cheap is not always good.

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18:05 Jun-01-2017

AMD has been beating Nvidia's and Intel's ass back in the day, but sadly for them they lacked in marketing which wasn't as great as those two.
There's a nice video I've watched on YT, not that long ago about how AMD was trumped by Nvidia. Even thought AMD all through that fight had better hardware, their marketing department was lacking. Nvidia was selling the same GPU with minor improvements year after year while AMD was creating new and better architecture at a loss.

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18:05 Jun-01-2017

Needless to say, eventually AMD had no more money to create new architecture so they were left rebranding their old ones, while Nvidia, now loaded with money, could do their own.


As for Intel v AMD, AMD's Athlon processors were basically wiping the floor with Intel through and through, for quite a long time.


If I can find the video I might link it here.

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22:25 Jun-01-2017

In the last 2-4 years as i see the last AMD CPU was the FX series i don't remember the ? and intel got new CPU like every year. Right now how many Nvidia cards do we have on top 20 and how many on AMD? And the same goes with CPU's. Clearly right now Intel is leading amd by so much. The fact that AMD are cheaper than Intel is real. And that's why most people prefer it than intel.

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22:25 Jun-01-2017

In the last 2-4 years as i see the last AMD CPU was the FX series i don't remember the ? and intel got new CPU like every year. Right now how many Nvidia cards do we have on top 20 and how many on AMD? And the same goes with CPU's. Clearly right now Intel is leading amd by so much. The fact that AMD are cheaper than Intel is real. And that's why most people prefer it than intel.

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22:28 Jun-01-2017

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html
And I see that Radeon R9 Fury + Fury X is 595$ with 8k (i dont know what is called but as far as ik its the GPU speed) while NVIDIA is:
GTX 1060 3 GB 184$ again 8k but a little bit faster and cheaper than AMD's cards. Which means nvidia and intel are beating thehm with much.

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22:31 Jun-01-2017

the only difference is that intel's CPU's are a little bit more expensive.

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22:33 Jun-01-2017

a little bit ?

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22:54 Jun-01-2017

Little bit more expensive... Lol.


Before Ryzen came along Intel were charging an arm and a leg (still are). Things might change with new Skylake processors, but they aren't out yet, and they will still be more expensive, and more power hungry, which was a huge topic when AMD CPU's used more power.


Obviously people don't talk about that now, since the shoe is now on the other foot.

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00:59 Jun-02-2017

I don't really think you know enough about GPU's and CPU's if this is what you're basing your arguments on.
This is just some relative information they base on some calculations of their own.
Performance wise, R9 Fury beats GTX 1060 in every way, It's a way better cards in this aspect.


Also Athlon was AMD's processor from way back in 1999 to 2005, and it was the leading processor of that time beating Intel by a lot.

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01:01 Jun-02-2017

You can't base your whole opinion about something you don't know that much on one site and on one graph, especially if you don't know what that graph even shows or what it does.

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12:28 Jun-02-2017

Because of Intel's insane prices Dual core processors are still a thing. AMD's Piledriver/Bulldozer design works quite different than Intel's Hyper Thread design and most optimization ( including windows ) was/is for Intel's design. If it was the other way around I'm sure Intel wouldn't have been as good at the time. And as far as GPU's go my 5 and a half year old HD7850 says hello. Also the thing that always bothered me is when AMD makes a mistake everyone trashes them but when Intel and Nvidia make mistakes than everyone is just quiet and let it slide.

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12:35 Jun-02-2017

Also Intel's processors always ran like nuclear plants to, same as AMD's. Remember the good old Pentium 4 days that most seem to forget, those things ran at 70c minimum. And as far as build quality goes for both the processor it self and cpu heatsinks and fans AMD blows Intel out of the water.

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