There's nothing better to start the week than an overclocking world record. An enterprising overlocker by the name of jordan.hyde99 beat the existing wPrime 1024M world record using somewhat surprisingly an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse CPU.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Overclocked
The previous record was achieved using an Intel Core i9-7920X running the benchmark in a blistering 35 seconds and 693 milliseconds. jordan.hyde99 beat it by securing a time of 35 seconds and 527 milliseconds. A marginal amount, yes, but it's nevertheless a new record.
The benchmark was achieved using a GIGABYTE X570 AORUS EXTREME motherboard, allied to a 1,200 Watt Corsair PSU, and an artisanal looking custom liquid nitrogen cooling setup to keep the CPU temperature down.
What's more interesting is that the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X was overclocked to 5,625 MHz, approximately 48% higher than the CPU's non-overclocked boost speed. In comparison, the Intel chip secured the previous record running at 5,955 MHz, which suggests that despite a lower clock speed, the Ryzen 9 3900X has a higher IPC, the fruit of its Zen 2 microarchitecture.
In other words, the Ryzen 9 3900X was effectively running slower than the Core i9-7290X but was able to match it in terms of raw performance as the new wPrime 1024M world record clearly shows.
Both cards are relatively equal as it goes, which makes the comparison all the more relevant. The Skylake-based Intel Core i9-7920X has 12 cores and 24 threads offering a base clock speed of 2.9 GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.4 GHz. In comparison, the Zen 2-based AMD Ryzen 9 3900X has the same 12 cores and 24 threads but runs a base clock speed of 3.8 GHz, and a boost clock speed of 4.6 GHz.
By this point, we don't need any more proof that AMD is rivaling Intel in pretty every market these days, but the new record goes to show that the Zen 2 architecture means serious business.