AMD Releasing “Zen 3” CPUs on Nov. 5: Flagship Ryzen 9 5950X (16C/32T) to Cost $799

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It might be time for that CPU upgrade. During today’s Zen 3 event, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su unveiled her company’s latest 7 nm desktop processors: the Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X, Ryzen 7 5800X, and Ryzen 5 5600X. These CPUs boast higher max boost clocks and an impressive IPC uplift of 19 percent.

The performance of the Zen 3 architecture is so great, in fact, that AMD is billing the Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X as the fastest gaming processors on today’s market. Benchmarks presented by red team show that its Ryzen flagship edges out Intel’s Core i9-10900K in titles such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Total War: Three Kingdoms by 5 percent.

Here is the complete stack of Ryzen 5000 Series processors, all of which will be available on November 5. Pricing ranges from $799 (Ryzen 9 5950X) to $299 (Ryzen 5 5600X). We’re also including a benchmark of how the Ryzen 9 5900X fares against the Ryzen 9 3900XT in terms of gaming performance.

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

  • 16C/32T
  • 3.7 GHz/4.9 GHz
  • 72 MB cache
  • 105 W TDP
  • $799

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

  • 12C/24T
  • 3.8 GHz/4.7 GHz
  • 70 MB cache
  • 105 W TDP
  • $549

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

  • 8C/16T
  • 3.8 GHz/4.7 GHz
  • 36 MB cache
  • 105 W TDP
  • $449

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

  • 6C/12T
  • 3.7 GHz/4.6 GHz
  • 35 MB cache
  • 65 W TDP
  • $299

Those of you who missed AMD’s presentation can check it out below. Assuming that red team’s claims are true, Intel has a ton to worry about.

“When you have the world’s most advanced processor architecture for gamers and content creators, the possibilities are endless,” wrote AMD. “Whether you are playing the latest games, designing the next skyscraper, or crunching data, you need a powerful processor that can handle it all—and more. Hands down, the AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series desktop processors set the bar for gamers and artists alike.”

Original Press Release

Today, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) introduced the highly anticipated AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processor lineup powered by the new “Zen 3” architecture. Offering up to 16 cores, 32 threads and 72 MB of cache in the top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors dominate in heavily threaded workloads1 and power efficiency, while the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor offers up to a 26% generational uplift in gaming performance. With extensive improvements throughout the core including a unified 8-core complex with direct access to 32MB L3 cache, the new AMD “Zen 3” core architecture delivers a 19% generational increase in instructions per cycle (IPC), the largest since the introduction of “Zen” processors in 2017.

“Our commitment with each generation of our Ryzen processors has been to build the best PC processors in the world. The new AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors extend our leadership from IPC4, power efficiency to single-core, multi-core performance1 and gaming,” said Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice president and general manager, client business unit, AMD. “Today, we are extremely proud to deliver what our community and customers have come to expect from Ryzen processors – dominant multi-core and single-core performance and true gaming leadership – all within a broad ecosystem of motherboards and chipsets that are drop-in ready for AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors.”

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors

Featuring a remarkable 19% IPC increase4 over the prior generation in PC workloads, the “Zen 3” architecture pushes gaming and content creation performance leadership to a new level. “Zen 3” architecture reduces latency from accelerated core and cache communication and doubles the directly accessible L3 cache per core while delivering up to 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the competition.

The top of the line 16 core AMD Ryzen 9 5950X offers:

  • The highest single-thread performance of any desktop gaming processor
  • The most multi-core performance of any desktop gaming processor and any desktop processor in a mainstream CPU socket

The 12 core AMD Ryzen 9 5900X offers the best gaming experience by:

  • Average of 7% faster in 1080p gaming across select game titles than the competition
  • Average of 26% faster in 1080p gaming across select titles generationally
MODELCORES/THREADSTDP(Watts)BOOST9/BASE FREQ. (GHz)TOTAL CACHECOOLERSEP (USD)EXPECTED AVAILABILITY
AMD Ryzen™ 9 5950X16C/32T105WUp to 4.9 / 3.472MBN/A$799November 5, 2020
AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900X12C/24T105WUp to 4.8 / 3.770MBN/A$549November 5, 2020
AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800X8C/16T105WUp to 4.7 / 3.836MBN/A$449November 5, 2020
AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600X6C/12T65WUp to 4.6 / 3.735MBWraith Stealth$299November 5, 2020

AMD 500 series motherboards are ready for AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors with a simple BIOS update. This broad ecosystem support and readiness includes over 100 AMD 500 series motherboards from all major motherboard manufacturers. AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors announced today are expected to be available for purchase globally on November 5, 2020.

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