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AMD Announces New Ryzen Zen 3 5000 ‘World’s Best Gaming CPUs’

Available from 5 November 2020, the new AMD Ryzen Zen 3 processors are said to be the “world’s best gaming CPUs’. AMD announced a new range of Zen 3 5000 processor with a range of performance and price points per chipset.

The AMD Ryzen Zen 3 5000 CPUs start at $299 fo the entry-level Ryzen 5 5600X. All new models replace the current range on the market. In addition, they come with some big improvements including a 19% increase in instructions per cycle and a complete redesign of the chip layout and higher max boost speed.

AMD says that replacing a gen 2 CPU with a Zen 3 chip is possible thanks to the older motherboard support. The new AMD Ryzen Zen 3 5000 still use the 7nm process making it backwards compatible with Zen 2 boards. In addition, the company claims after a firmware update, these chips will result in an average of 26% improvement for customers all while keeping the TDP and core counts the same.

The new AMD Ryzen Zen 3 CPUs come in four models. There’s the top-of-the-range Ryzen 5950X model with 16 cores, 32 threads and a max boost speed of 4.9GHz. The Ryzen 9 5900X has 12 cores and 32 threads with a max boost speed of 4.8GHz. There is the Ryzen 7 5800X with 8 cores and 16 threads and a max boost speed of 4.7GHz. Lastly, there’s a Ryzen 5 5600X with 6 cores, 12 threads and a max boost speed of 4.6GHz.


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Here is a full breakdown below;

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

AMD is confident that the new range of CPUs will set them ahead of Intel. Intel’s current Core i9-10900K model does beat the best Ryzen Zen 3 CPU on the market clocking in at 5.3GHz. However, AMD’s new chips do come with other advantages such as improves power efficiency and a higher core and thread count. This does deliver a bigger advantage than Intel’s best chip as the performance results shown below. League of Legends, for example, sees a 21% boost in speed compared to Intel’s Core i9-10900K.

AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5000

It is going to be interesting to see how AMD and its new Radeon RX 6000 “Big Navi” GPU performance perform with the new Ryzen CPUs. The new graphics cards are built on next-gen RDNA 2 architecture. AMD is set to announce the new range of GPUs on 28 October 2020. The new range sis aid to be AMD’s answer for the new NVIDIA RTX 3000 series GPUs. In addition, AMD claims the GPUs will pish high-level 4K gaming at over 60FPS for games like Borderlands 3, Call of Duty and more.

Local pricing and availability to be announced

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