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AMD unveils its new Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 processors: +19% IPC; Available from 5th Nov

It is indeed a big day for AMD fanboys since AMD on 8th October 2020, announced four new CPU models based on its next-gen Zen 3 architecture. The announcement includes the ‘World’s best gaming CPU’ – that is what Dr. Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD claimed in the event as he featured them. It is clear that AMD has put the Core i9-10900K, the flagship from Intel, in the crosshairs and tried to dethrone it. Interestingly, AMD has also released some benchmarks to support their claim. However, we have to wait before we get to see real-world performance to finalize the dig.

AMD New Journey begins with 4 new Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 Series CPU’s. Most powerful Processors are coming to the earth

AMD announces Ryzen 5000 series of desktop processors based on Zen 3 architecture
AMD announces Ryzen 5000 series of desktop processors based on Zen 3 architecture

AMD hasn’t let out the complete details about their new Zen 3 architecture yet. We might have to wait until they are officially available on the market. The company has announced that the new 5000 series processors will vent out in the market from 5th November 2020. Interestingly, AMD has set the starting price at $299 which is $50 more than the comparable model from the previous generation.

Enough of raving, it’s time that we check out on the releases. The first and the most premium on the list is the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X followed by the Ryzen 9 5900X, Ryzen 7 5800X, and the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X.

AMD RYZEN 5000 ZEN 3 CPUS Specifications and Price released

ModelCores/ ThreadsTDP (Watts)Boost / Base Frequency (GHz)Cache (MB)Price
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X16C/32T105WUp to 4.9 / 3.4 GHz72$799
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X12C/24T105WUp to 4.8 / 3.7 GHz70$549
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X8C/16T105WUp to 4.7 / 3.8 GHz36$449
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X6C/12T65WUp to 4.6 / 3.7 GHz35$299

#1. Ryzen 9 5950X

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is on the top of the list with a whopping 16 cores and 32 threads. It comes with a base frequency of 3.4GHz that can be boosted to a maximum of 4.9GHz. AMD in their launch event claimed that the Ryzen 9 5950X is the only mainstream desktop CPU with the highest single and multi-threaded performance.

The two chipsets on this processor together accommodate an incredible 64 MB of L3 cache. Surprisingly, the thermal design power (TDP) of the Ryzen 9 5950X is kept as low as 105W. This ultimately caters to better thermal management on the overall PC build. Speaking of the pricing, the 5950X is priced at $799 which is a $50 more ask compared to the previous-gen Ryzen 3950X. The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is a direct competitor to the 18-core Intel Core i9-10980XE.

#2. Ryzen 9 5900X

That brings us to the second product on our list, the Ryzen 9 5900X. It has 12 cores and 24 threads which are a tad more than what the Intel Core i9-10900K is offering. AMD especially with the Ryzen 9 5900X put the 10900K from its ardent rival in crosshairs. With the base frequency of 3.7 GHz and a turbo frequency of 4.8GHz, AMD dethrones the former Intel’s i9-10900K to become the ‘World’s Best Gaming CPU’. At least, as per what the company claims. This is yet to be witnessed once the CPUs start shipping.

The Ryzen 9 5900X has two six-core chip lets with a combined L3 cache of 64MB. Like the Ryzen 9 5950X, the 5900X also boasts a 105W TDP. Coming to the pricing, the Ryzen 9 5900X is priced at $549 with the price of the previous-gen comparable model, the Ryzen 5 3900X.

#3. Ryzen 7 5800X

Moving on to the next CPU on our list is the Ryzen 7 5800X. It comes with 8 cores and 16 threads with a base clock of 3.8GHz that can be boosted up to 4.7GHz. Unlike the Ryzen 9 5950X and 5900X, the 5800X comes with a single chip let design accommodating all of the cores and the 32MB cache on the single CCX.

It is offered at a TDP of 105W like the two others already discussed variants, the 5950X and the 5900X. The Ryzen 7 5800X is designed to put the Intel Core i7-10700K in the close crosshairs. Talking of the price, the 5800X is priced at $449 which is again different by $50 from the Ryzen 7 3800X.

#4. Ryzen 5 5600X

Last but not least to end is the Ryzen 5 5600X. It is a more budget price ask with an MSRP of $299 which is again $50 more than the previous-gen Ryzen 5 3600X. Though this is the more budget option in the Zen 3 range of CPUs, it is still the most reliable option to consider according to what AMD has claimed the processor is. It comes with a TDP of 65W which is the lowest on the list so far. As the TDP is lower, it is fairly easy to keep the thermals in control with a basic cooler. To complement the purpose, AMD is providing a bundled stock cooler with this CPU.

The 5600X comes with 6 cores and 12 threads in total and has a base clock of 3.7GHz that can be boosted to a maximum of 4.6GHz. Like the Ryzen 7 5800X, the 5600X also comes with a single chiplet that accommodates all of its cores on it along with 32MB of L3 cache. It is priced at $299 which is a little higher than the previous generation 3600X. It is clear that AMD has launched the Ryzen 5 5600X with an intention to compete with the Intel Core i5-10600K.

Chipset Support –

The reverse compatibility is an appreciable move from AMD for years now. Like all the previous generation CPUs, the latest Zen 3 5000 series CPUs also share support to the previous generation motherboards.

The Zen 3 processors are readily compatible with all the motherboards running the 550 and X570 chipsets. Make sure you are running on the AGESA 1.0.8.0 or newer for your 500 series motherboards to work with the AMD Zen 3 processors. Also, AMD is working aggressively with motherboard partners and has promised a beta BIOS update for the B450 motherboards starting from the first month of 2021.

Key Features of AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 CPUs

AMD hasn’t stated the complete details yet on the new Zen 3 architecture. However, it has made a few things clear.

The first being the improvement in the IPC (instructions per cycle). It claims that there is an overall improvement of 19% in the IPC when taken into consideration of the average measures of gaming and workstation tasks. However, you cannot expect the same improvement in everything you throw at it.

AMD has cleverly managed to increase efficiency which ultimately results in better performance while still keeping the power consumption very low for the processors of such core and thread figures.

Also, AMD has shined partially through its Radeon Rx 6000 series graphics card by giving a sneak peek of it at the end of the introductory event of the Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 architecture CPUs. However, AMD has stated that the graphics card will be revealed later on October 28, 2020. This time, AMD is targeting NVidia’s RTX 3000 GPU series.

Like the previous year’s Zen 2 processors, the Ryzen Zen 3 5000 desktop CPUs are also built using the 7nm process.

It is to note that each of the newly released chips has gotten a $50 price hike compared to the prices of the comparable Zen 2 CPUs from last year.

The Zen 3 CPUs are readily compatible with all the 500 series motherboards and the 400 series motherboards soon to release a beta BIOS update in Jan 2021.

The Ryzen 5000 series CPUs will be put to the sale starting from November 5, 2020.

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