AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Power Consumption at Full Load

Enthusiast Desktop processor released in 2020 with 16 cores and 32 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 4.9GHz, and a 105W power rating. Ryzen 9 5950X is based on the Vermeer 7nm family and part of the Ryzen 9 series.
Price 71.5%
Speed 92%
Productivity 106%
Gaming 99%

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Power Benchmarks

Processor manufacturers usually release two power consumption numbers for a CPU: typical thermal power, which is measured under normal load. (for instance, AMD's Average CPU power) maximum thermal power, which is measured under a worst-case load For example, the Pentium 4 2.8 GHz has 68.4 W typical thermal power and 85 W maximum thermal power. When the CPU is idle, it will draw far less than the typical thermal power. Datasheets normally contain the thermal design power (TDP), which is the maximum amount of heat generated by the CPU, which the cooling system in a computer is required to dissipate. Both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have defined TDP as the maximum heat generation for thermally significant periods, while running worst-case non-synthetic workloads; thus, TDP is not reflecting the actual maximum power of the processor. This ensures the computer will be able to handle essentially all applications without exceeding its thermal envelope, or requiring a cooling system for the maximum theoretical power (which would cost more but in favor of extra headroom for processing power). In many applications, the CPU and other components are idle much of the time, so idle power contributes significantly to overall system power usage. When the CPU uses power management features to reduce energy use, other components, such as the motherboard and chipset, take up a larger proportion of the computer's energy. In applications where the computer is often heavily loaded, such as scientific computing, performance per watt (how much computing the CPU does per unit of energy) becomes more significant.

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Power Consumption

Power Consumption at Full Load
Ryzen 9 5950X Power Consumption at Full Load Performance

The Ryzen 9 5950X sits between Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 3900X. It is 2.3% lower than the Ryzen 9 5900X while being 8% higher than the Ryzen 9 3900X. The Ryzen 9 5950X takes a comfortable 29% lead over the Core i9-10900K. In this benchmark, the Ryzen 9 5950X has an impressive performance, which is way ahead of the last generation Ryzen 9 3950X by 10.2%. Again, the Ryzen 9 3950X tumbles down the chart, falling behind its Zen 3-based successor. That's a ~10.2% generational speed-up in this title. The Ryzen 9 3950X clearly shows how significantly the enthusiast Matisse-based CPUs fall behind the Zen 3 models. The Ryzen 9 5950X's performance earns it the 34th place. AMD's Ryzen 9 5950X notches a small win over the Ryzen 9 3950X, but opens up an impressive lead over the stock Core i9-10900K. Overall, the Ryzen 9 5950X is a low performer with its 16-cores and 32-threads in this benchmark.

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