AMD Announces Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs Starting At $299, Boasts They’re the Fastest Gaming CPUs Ever

AMD recently announced their newest Ryzen 5000 CPUs, featuring the Zen 3 Architecture which they claim is faster than Intel in gaming. They announced several models along with teasing their newest graphics cards.

The Ryzen 5000 CPUs are using an improved version of the 7nm process node that the last generation Ryzen 3000 used. It’s worth noting they skipped Ryzen 4000 for the desktop as the 4000 series was laptop only.

AMD is boasting a 19% IPC increase and massive improvements with the Ryzen 5000 series in gaming compared to last generation, and even beat Intel’s top CPU the i9 10900K at 1080P gaming benchmarks.

This is also coming straight from the company so remember to take it with a grain of salt and wait for 3rd party reviews and benchmarks – although AMD historically has been very honest on their CPUs actual performance on these launch events in the past.

Niche Gamer’s Take: With AMD increasing pricing $50 across the stack from last generation it makes getting an upgrade a harder pill to swallow, although the increased gaming performance might be enough to get some users to justify upgrading in order to push those 240Hz+ gaming monitors.

The lack of non X SKU’s and the 5700X part makes me think that these increased prices are temporary and will improve in a few months, though until then, for most users the current 3000 series CPUs are still a solid value and should be even better for Black Friday.

AMD had this to say via their press release email


AMD has 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 workloads 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 IPC, power efficiency to single-core, multi-core performance 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 increase 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

GPU Specifications

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5900X AMD Ryzen 7 5800X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
Cores/Threads 16C/32T 12C/24T 8C/16T 6C/12T
TDP (Watts) 105W 105W 105W 65W
Boost/Base Freq (GHz) Up to 4.9 / 3.4 Up to 4.8 / 3.7 Up to 4.7 / 3.8 Up to 4.6 / 3.7
Total Cache 72MB 70MB 36MB 35MB
Cooler N/A N/A N/A Wraith Stealth
Pricing $799 $549 $449 $299
Availability November 5th November 5th November 5th November 5th

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.

AMD Ryzen Equipped to Win Game Bundle

The AMD Ryzen Equipped to Win game bundle program is back with the highly anticipated next chapter in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 6. Customers who purchase an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, or AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor between November 5th, 2020 and December 31st, 2020 will receive a complimentary copy of Far Cry 6 Standard Edition – PC digital when released. Additionally, customers who purchase an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT, or AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT processor between October 20th, 2020 and December 31st, 2020 will also receive a free copy of Far Cry 6 Standard Edition – PC digital.

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