The AMD Ryzen 9 9950X is poised to outperform Intel’s 15900K/Core Ultra 9 285K in efficiency, with power consumption ratings of 190W compared to Intel’s 253W.

AMD has been focused on power efficiency since the introduction of the Ryzen processors back in 2017. While the Ryzen 7000 series saw a departure from this focus with higher TDPs and PPTs, AMD still managed to outshine Intel in efficiency by a significant margin. The upcoming Ryzen 9000 CPUs are prioritizing power efficiency over raw performance. As per a report from WCCFTech, the Ryzen 9000 processors will not come with Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) enabled by default.

The Ryzen 7000 processors have been among the hottest Ryzen chips, partially due to the transistor density (TSMC N5), and also because of the higher power thresholds. It was even confirmed by AMD that these chips were designed to operate at 95C. Fortunately, the situation will be different with the upcoming Ryzen 9000 “Zen 5” processors.

According to reports from WCCFTech, the Ryzen 9 9950X (flagship of Granite Ridge) is expected to have a maximum power consumption of 190W, a drop from 230W on the 7950X and 253W on Intel’s upcoming 15900K/Core Ultra 9 285K (Arrow Lake-S).

The Ryzen 9 9950X is projected to be 35% faster than the 7950X while using 25% less power, especially in compute-intensive tasks such as Cinebench R23. The Zen 5 desktop flagship is also superior to the Core i9-14900KS, which can consume up to 300W in the same benchmark.

Similar to current Ryzen processors, the 9950X and its counterparts will support PBO, but it is recommended only for multi-threaded workloads where all threads are utilized. Activating PBO increases the boost clock residency but reduces efficiency as it raises voltage and power limits. The thermals are expected to be in the range of 90-95C, akin to the Ryzen 7000 parts in this state. Most users would likely find benefit in adjusting the curve optimizer instead.

AMD’s Ryzen 9000 processors are set to be launched on the 31st of July, potentially at lower prices compared to the Ryzen 7000 family. These processors will be fully compatible with 600-series motherboards, including the B620, B650, B650X, X670, and X670E. The 700 series motherboards are anticipated to arrive in the autumn months.

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