AMD reveals its new Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 processors, including the ‘world’s best gaming CPU’

AMD just announced its new lineup of Ryzen 5000 series processors for desktops, which are also the first chips from the company set to feature its next-gen Zen 3 architecture and represent the biggest jump for AMD’s desktop chips yet.

AMD is also setting expectations high, promising that the new Ryzen 5900X is nothing short of “the world’s best gaming CPU.” The new chips will be available starting at $299 for the entry-level Ryzen 5 5600X model on November 5th.

Like last year’s Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 desktop chips these new models replace, the new 5000 series processors are still using AMD’s 7nm process but offer a 19 percent increase in instructions per cycle, along with a complete redesign of the chip layout and a higher max boost speed. (The new chipsets are jumping straight to Ryzen 5000 series branding to avoid any confusion of the new Zen 3 chips with the Zen 2-based Ryzen 4000 desktop chips that AMD released over the summer for prebuilt systems.)

All together, AMD says that simply replacing a Zen 2 CPU with a comparable Zen 3 model —the new chips are compatible with older motherboards after a firmware update — will result in an average 26 percent improvement for customers, all while keeping TDP and core counts the same.

AMD is starting with four new Zen 3 CPUs. There’s a top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5950X model with 16 cores, 32 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.9GHz for $799; the $549 Ryzen 9 5900X, with 12 cores, 32 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.8GHz; the $449 Ryzen 7 5800X, with eight cores, 16 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.7GHz; and the $299 Ryzen 5 5600X, with six cores, 12 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.6GHz.

AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 CPUs

Model Cores/ Threads TDP (Watts) Boost / Base Frequency (GHz) Cache (MB) Price
Model Cores/ Threads TDP (Watts) Boost / Base Frequency (GHz) Cache (MB) Price
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16C/32T 105W Up to 4.9 / 3.4 GHz 72 $799
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12C/24T 105W Up to 4.8 / 3.7 GHz 70 $549
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8C/16T 105W Up to 4.7 / 3.8 GHz 36 $449
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6C/12T 65W Up to 4.6 / 3.7 GHz 35 $299

Notably, each of those chips has gotten a $50 price increase compared to the original prices of the comparable Zen 2 CPUs from 2019. All four new CPUs will be available starting on November 5th.

AMD is taking a direct shot at Intel with the new lineup, particularly the company’s Core i9-10900K model, which Intel has previously boasted is “the world’s fastest gaming processor.” While AMD’s chips don’t beat Intel 10th Gen chips on sheer clock speed — Intel’s top chip maxes out at a boosted 5.3GHz, while the Ryzen 5950X (AMD’s fastest new chip) tops out at 4.9GHz — AMD does offer other advantages, like improved power efficiency and a higher core and thread count.

The company also points to benchmarks, claiming that the Ryzen 9 5900X manages to beat Intel’s i9-10900K in head-to-head performance for a wide range of titles, including League of Legends, Dota 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and more. (Intel’s chip still won out for Battlefield V, and we’ll have to wait and see how third-party benchmarks rank things before making any real judgments here.)

Of course, a new CPU needs a new GPU to go with it, and AMD also took the time to start teasing its upcoming Radeon RX 6000 “Big Navi” graphics cards built on its next-gen RDNA 2 architecture that the company will be fully announcing on October 28th. The new cards are supposed to be AMD’s answer for Nvidia’s RTX 3000 GPUs, and the company is promising that it, too, will be able to push high-level 4K gaming, teasing over 60fps benchmarks for Borderlands 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Gears 5 at ultra settings.

AMD won’t have too long to rest on its laurels, though: Intel is already gearing up for its response, already teasing its 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs for early 2021.


Was hoping these would keep the same price as their predecessors but I would love a 5900X for gaming/programming. Will have to see what the new year brings for Intels response and possible price drop.

Pretty sure there’s a typo on the thread count for the 5900×. At 12 cores it should have 24 threads, not 32, in a dual-threaded CPU. (It’s correct in the comparison list but not in the article)

Contemplating upgrading from my 3900x, might be worth it for games. Also OC was not very good on the CPU I got.

Obviously, it’s a 1.125 thread / core / virtual core CPU.

Or it’s a typo. Probably a typo.

Yes it’s a typo. Thankfully he also posted a table with the correct information.

These look badass, pricey though. That TDP is extremely dope though

Glad to see things going their way. These look pretty good. Not quite enough to get me to move off of my 7700K yet. I’m looking forward to using an AMD CPU again, but I’ll still be holding out for AM5.

The word "best" is a weasel word. It doesn’t mean faster, or more power efficient, or cheaper. "Best" is subjective.

Highest performance, best performance per watt and better perf/$ vs any other CPUs competing in the same performance bracket. Is there anything else you want?
(5950X has worse perf/$ than eg 3600, but that’s not all that relevant when people interested in one clearly won’t care about the other)

Intel’s top chip maxes out at a boosted 5.3GHz, while the Ryzen 5950X (AMD’s fastest new chip) tops out at 4.9GHz

Well, today’s entire announcement is about IPC improvements, not clock frequencies. If you’re going to talk about clock rate, you should also note that base clocks have gone DOWN since last generation’s (3xxx) offerings across the board

This is because how fast a program/game runs is based on 3 metrics: Total Instruction Count, Instructions Per Clock (IPC), and Clock Rate (CR). Instructions are basically "stuff" the CPU has to do, and you can think of Clocks as "batches" where instructions are carried out. So basically, CPU speed is all about how much "stuff" you can do each "batch" (IPC) and how fast you can do each "batch" (CR).

Total Instruction Count is where game optimization and stuff comes in; AMD and Intel don’t really have a say in that. But Clock Rate (like 4.9GHz which is a metric of Hertz, the number of clocks per second) and IPC is something that they can control.

There’s definitely a lot more that goes into how fast a CPU is, but even with a 3% reduction in base clock rate, the 19% improvement in IPC yields a 15% to 16% improvement in overall instruction.

Lastly, going back to the Intel boost vs AMD boost comparison, what this means is that the 10900K does a lot of "batches" really quick, even faster than the 5950×. On the contrary, the 5950x is doing a whole lot more "stuff" for each of these "batches", and that’s where the performance difference comes in.

Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.

It’s was a great talk, I felt so well informed I walked outside to smoke a cigarette. Just a small addition to your story for normal people. The way processors work these days is so incredibly complex that one should really watch out for the benchmarks. I am a massive AMD fanboy but still there might be this one workload that favors Intel, although I doubt it after seeing this.

Uh? Did you actually watch the presentation where AMD said that not only is IPC improving 19%, their process advantages offer another ~5%?
Yes, lower than expected, but still improvement vs previous gen is ~25%.

Against Intel, AMD states they won everything, even gaming and single threaded performance. Heck, their single threaded performance in Cinebench is even better than Tiger Lake (at 28/50W, but this is single thread so it shouldn’t be much higher at 100W+).
But we really need independent benchmarks to confirm their great numbers.

Where the heck is the 5700X?

Coming down the line with faulty 5800X at lower clocks.

Loved the 700 series, I hope they don’t kill it off. It’s had the best balance of heat, price and speed.

Well, either AMD is waiting for a stock of 6C 105W chips or a stock of 8C 65W ones.

I’m holding off for more futureproof Zen 4 5nm process in 2022. New AM5 motherboard, USB 4.0, and DDR 5 support. I’m itching for an upgrade and but it can wait.

I just figured I could sell my 3900x for $250-300 and upgrade to the 5900x for $250ish and be happen for another year. Since nextgen will require new everything.

I mean yeah if you are in position to hold off.

I am running a 7 year old i7 4700K, DDR3 and I bluescreen about every other day (with a different error). Already reinstalled Windows twice and it didn’t help.

A new PC build can’t come soon enough heh.

Yeah DDR3 is a real bummer now and four cores is feeling insufficient.

My 4770 (non-K) has been absolutely rock solid for the past five years though (and it was bought second hand pulled from some corporate Dell system) – kind of makes me reluctant to upgrade

I recently had to replace my Z87 motherboard for £100 which is annoying because that’s £100 that could’ve gone on an upgrade but thanks to Covid, I’m not in the position to upgrade as I’d like to anyway so my nearly 7 year old PC chugs on. I did upgrade my GPU to 1080 Ti a couple of years ago so it’s not so bad.

Eh, why not rather wait to Zen5 that will fix all the issues of jumping to DDR5 and PCIe5?

What if Zen 5 runs on the same 5nm process? For true futureproofing, you should wait until we can jump on the 3nm train when DDR6 and PCIe 5 comes out. You don’t want to be left behind, you know

2022 is too late; they need to deliver USB4 (w/ Thunderbolt) & DDR5 as early as Q2 2020; Rocket lake will.

Intel is already planning to squeeze PCIe5 by end of 2021

Not possible. Current-gen Intel mobo’s have PCIe4.x software locked because of Skylake uArch.
Intel won’t have PCIe5 until at least 2023.

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