AMD’s upcoming Ryzen Threadripper 3000 CPU has surfaced in the Geekbench benchmark database. The incoming chip is set to replace the outgoing AMD Threadripper 2990WX, offering up 32 cores and 64 threads of top-end performance which, unsurprisingly, makes it an absolute monster of a processor.

The benchmarks themselves have been pulled from Geekbench 5, the latest version of the CPU benchmarking utility. AMD’s new Threadripper is code-named ‘Sharkstooth’ in the benchmark database, with the sample chip used running at 3.6GHz base clock speed and 4.2 GHz boost clock. It's also got a whopping 128MB L3 cache and 16Mb L2 cache, forming a combined cache of 144MB. The testing itself took place on September 17th.

AMD’s 32-core Threadripper 3000 processor hits a single-core score of 1275 in the benchmarks, as well as a phenomenal 23015 in the multi-core test. 

The current-gen Threadripper 2990WX typically scores around 1080 to 1100 in single core benchmarks, handing the new 7nm chip a fairly slender 15-18% performance advantage across a single core.

It’s in the multi-core tests where the Threadripper 3000 really stretches its legs though. Despite both the 2990WX and Threadripper 3000 sporting 32C/64T, the Threadripper 3000 notches up a score of 23015, a massive gain over the 2990WX’s score of 13400. That would put the Threadripper 3000’s multi-core performance in the region of 72% faster than the 2990WX.

Intel's Core i9-9980XE (£1900) is probably the closest competitor here, although with 'just' 18C/36T it lags behind with a multi-core score of around 15800. 

We should bear in mind that these are still early sample chips and plenty could change between now and the launch of next-gen Threadripper. Early signs are very promising indeed though, and we’re looking at a multi-core performance advantage of at least 70%, which really would be quite something.

This isn't going to be a particularly useful chip for gamers (no game out there will take advantage of such a high core count) but power users can expect a hefty generational leap in performance.