Thursday, October 8th 2020

AMD Launches AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors: The Fastest Gaming CPUs in the World

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 efficiency2, while the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor offers up to a 26% generational uplift in gaming performance3. With extensive improvements throughout the core including a unified 8-core complex with direct access to 32 MB L3 cache, the new AMD "Zen 3" core architecture delivers a 19% generational increase in instructions per cycle (IPC)4, 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 efficiency2 to single-core5, multi-core performance1 and gaming6," 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-core1 and single-core performance5 and true gaming leadership6 - 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 leadership6,1 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 competition2.

The top of the line 16 core AMD Ryzen 9 5950X offers:
  • The highest single-thread performance of any desktop gaming processor5
  • The most multi-core performance of any desktop gaming processor and any desktop processor in a mainstream CPU socket1
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 competition7
  • Average of 26% faster in 1080p gaming across select titles generationally8
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 released10 . 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 digital10.1 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020. Multi-core performance evaluated with Cinebench R20 nT with a similarly configured Ryzen 9 5950X vs. a Core i9-10900K. Results may vary. R5K-005
2 Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 09/01/2020 using Cinebench R20 nT versus system wall power during full load CPU test using a Core i9-10900K, Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 9 5900X, Ryzen 9 3950X, and a Ryzen 9 5950X configured with: 2x8GB DDR4-3600, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, Samsung 860 Pro SSD, Noctua NH-D15s cooler, and an open-air test bench with no additional power draw sources. Results may vary. R5K-007
3 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020 measuring gaming performance of a Ryzen 9 5900X desktop processor vs. a Ryzen 9 3900XT in 11 popular titles at 1920x1080, the High image quality preset, and the newest graphics API available for each title (e.g. DirectX 12 or Vulkan or DirectX 11). Results may vary. R5K-009
4 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020. IPC evaluated with a selection of 25 workloads running at a locked 4GHz frequency on 8-core "Zen 2" Ryzen 7 3800XT and "Zen 3" Ryzen 7 5800X desktop processors configured with Windows 10, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (451.77), Samsung 860 Pro SSD, and 2x8GB DDR4-3600. Results may vary. R5K-003
5 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020 with a Ryzen 9 5950X processor vs a Core i9-10900K configured with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 Ti graphics, Samsung 860 Pro SSD, 2X8 DDR4-3600, Windows 10 and a Noctua NH-D15s cooler. Single-core performance evaluated with Cinebench R20 1T benchmark. Results may vary. R5K-004
6 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 9/2/2020 based on the average FPS across 40 PC games at 1920x1080 with the High image quality preset using an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor vs. Core i9-10900K. Results may vary. R5K-002
7 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020 measuring the Gaming performance of a Ryzen 9 5900X vs a Core i9-10900K in 11 popular titles at 1920x1080, the High image quality preset, and the newest graphics API available for each title (e.g. DirectX 12 or Vulkan over DirectX 11, or DirectX 11 over DirectX 9). GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (451.77), 2x8GB DDR4-3600, Noctua NH-D15s, and Windows 10 May 2020 Update (build 2004) used for all titles. Results may vary. R5K-010
8 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020 measuring gaming performance of a Ryzen 9 5900X desktop processor vs. a Ryzen 9 3900XT in 11 popular titles at 1920x1080, the High image quality preset, and the newest graphics API available for each title (e.g. DirectX 12 or Vulkan or DirectX 11). Results may vary. R5K-009
9 Max boost for AMD Ryzen Processors is the maximum frequency achievable by a single core on the processor running a bursty single-threaded workload. Max boost will vary based on several factors, including, but not limited to: thermal paste; system cooling; motherboard design and BIOS; the latest AMD chipset driver; and the latest OS updates. GD-150
10 Limited time offer available through participating retailers only. 18+ only. Following purchase, product must be installed on system where coupon code will be redeemed. Void where prohibited. Residency and additional limitations apply. Full offer terms at www.amdrewards.com/terms.
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216 Comments on AMD Launches AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors: The Fastest Gaming CPUs in the World

#51
Shatun_Bear
CmdrLaw
Boost clocks on the 5800X and 3800XT are the same.

Thats a shame.

I get the IPC increase, but a little disappointing.
What in the world. How does boost clocks of two different processors with totally different IPC, design and efficiency have any bearing on you feeling disappointed or not? Strange chap.
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#52
AusWolf
birdie
To add to my previous post: I hate when people choose companies - you should choose products and root for healthy competition and AMD now has perfectly shown that when competition falters, customers get punished hard. I've been eagerly waiting for the Ryzen 5000 series but now I'm hesitating whether to upgrade from my 3700X. A performance uplift is great but the cost of the upgrade is not palatable at all. There's no way I will be able to sell my 3700X for $330 I bought it for. At most I'll get $200 for it on the secondary market. Paying $250 to get 20% more performance? I don't know.
It's never worth it to upgrade just 1 generation ahead within the same product category. With a 3700X or above, I would skip Zen 3 altogether, but for me the 5950X will be a huge uplift after the Core i7-7700.
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#53
londiste
ahenriquedsj
The craziest thing is you can slap it in the old b450 board, it's the same as I would replace 7600k with 10600k
Yeah, right.
Starting January, in beta, maybe.
But your comparison is actually apt enough, it is almost like 7600K to 10600K at least until end of the year :)
Searing
Except you are missing that Intel hasn't lowered their pricing.
Intel 10-series tends to sell under MSRP (or RCP, in their case). Both 10700K and 10900K are ~50 moneys under RCP and have been for a little while. 8c/16t 10700K at $350 might be interesting competition to $299 6c/12t 5600X, for example. 10c/20t 10850K at $430 vs 8c/16t 5800X at $449. Interesting how tables have turned.
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#54
Shatun_Bear
They didn't go into details of the per-core overclocking feature, which will basically mean 5950X owners have the option to getting that fabled 5Ghz boost clock on one core through overclocks. 5900X will reach 5Ghz too I'd expect.
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#55
AddSub
R0H1T
Your post may have valid if AMD CPUs didn't sell for 30~50% of their launch MSRP, perhaps even lower for some 1st gen Ryzen or TR chips, not to mention (nearly) 4 gens of chips on the same socket. But hey keep carrying on that cart if it makes you feel any better! The latest & greatest in tech always commands a premium, it's more about what you charge when you kinda don't need to :ohwell:
So my AM4 Gigabyte X370 Gaming 5 is compatible with these Zen3's, or Zen2, or Zen+ even? Yeah, I thought so. The much vaunted AMD "platform longevity" in action.

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#56
Foxisfire
fynxer
Really juicy prices, well, AMD Ryzen 5000 series is now the world leader in gaming performance so if you want the best...

AMD Ryzen 5000 series prices make it possible for Intel to be attractive at fairly high prices. So prices for CPUs will not go down very much any time soon. Intel may lower prices around 15-20% beginning of next year but I think they will keep their current prices levels til xmas.

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NO NEED TO CANCEL YOUR RTX 3080 ORDERS AND IF YOU HAVE NOT ORDERED YOUR RTX 3080 YET, DO IT NOW, IT WILL BE A HEFTY PRICE HIKE FAIRLY SOON.

BIG Navi, not so impressive at 88FPS in Modern Warfare Ultra 4K, this is probably around 3070 or 3070Ti performance.

Checked out the 3080 with i9-10900K, doing well over 100FPS in Modern Warfare Ultra 4K and on top of that 3080 should do even better paired with the Ryzen 5000 series.

It is what it is, with BIG Navi it all comes down to pricing, it will probably hit $499-599 price range depending on memory size and compete with 3070 or 3070Ti.

3080 and 3090 will be the undisputed performance kings in gaming for the foreseeable future and we will probably see an even further price hike of 3080 cards due to no competition in combination with the extreme shortage. The new normal for 3080 partner cards will be around or over the $1000 price tag.

Just too bad BIG Navi wasn't a better performer, now nvidia have no reason to release 3080Ti until Q3 2021

Once again AMD cannot reach all the way up to the high end segment. At this point I do not think they are interested in the high end segment anymore. They repeatedly said that over 80% of GPU sales are in the mid and low end segment so I think their focus will remain there.


Why would you say that now? I would almost guarantee that #1 there is a 3080ti coming in the next 6 months, and #2 AMD has a TON of extra money from supplying the SOCs for the XBOX and PS5 so they have time and the R&D money to tweak the 6800XT (Maybe bin it higher)? and release a better preforming card. If I was the CEO of AMD I 100% wouldn't lay out all my cards on the table. I'm personally going to buy the fastest card under $900 next year. That is the smart thing to do. Not freak out and go buy a 3080 because Nvidia might (big might) increase their pricing on the higher end cards.
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#57
JalleR
Looks interesting i would say, maybe this year will be the year i buy my first AMD :D Looking forward to the TPU tests.
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#58
sergionography
Mysteoa
And you know that from just 3 games that AMD benchmarked and by only comparing in MW?

If you check Eurogamer review of 3080 - They have Borderlands 3 and Gears 5 running on the max settings on 4k. Borderlands 3 - NV is 65 and AMD is 61. Gears 5- NV is 80 and AMD is 73. That is for average.
If you check Hexus review of 3080 - They have Borderlands 3 and Gears 5 running on the max settings on 4k. Borderlands 3 - NV is 60 and AMD is 61. Gears 5- NV is 77 and AMD is 73. That is for average.

So different configuration aside, we can think of the tested Big Navi at around 3080 performance. What we don't know is this the Biggest NAVI or the step down. How much the 3gen Zen helps at 4k?
With all this I recommend even more to wait and see.
AMD does not need to beat a 3080 to be a win. 3080 and 3090 are power hogs, so if amd is about 10% slower but can do it at a 250w TDP for example, then that's a huge win. If anything I really hope AMD does not go way above the power performance sweet spot.
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#59
Rhurba
I am VERY VERY VERY disappointed on the new pricing. It is clear that without competition, the consumer is fked. I started building a new PC some time ago, buying some parts every month in expectation of the new Ryzen 5000 - I bought the new B550 also - now I'm sorry I did that, seeing the new prices. Indeed Intel sucks for keeping the 14 nm++++ so much but, right now, with the new pricing, AMD has become the new Intel. Sad. Very sad.
Just hope that the RDNA2 GPU will be price accordingly - 400-450$... Sad times, companies sucking money out of consumers like this....
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#60
theoneandonlymrk
lemoncarbonate
Tbh upgrading every 1 generation has never been a good investment. If you're currently running 1st gen like me (1700X) or 2nd gen, it will be a leap upgrade.
AMD gave you options to make it worthwhile like a progression of 1500X to 2700X to 3800X to 5950X or 2600X 3800X 5950X all big leaps.
I don't really want to spend more on this platform but 8/16 to 16/32 cores with a 26% gain on top, it's got my wallet twitching in fear.
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#61
dirtyferret
midnightoil
RIP Intel.

Pretty sure 5700X or 5800 non-X and a 5600 will launch early next year, once stock of the 3xxx has tapered.
did intel cancel rocket lake and declare bankruptcy?
DuxCro
No reason to upgrade from my R5 3600. Why are they advertising 12 and 16 core CPU's as "gaming" CPU's? Any games out there that know how to use 12 and 16 cores? IF yes, how many of them? A handful?
plants vs zombies?
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#62
ebivan
Rhurba
I am VERY VERY VERY disappointed on the new pricing. It is clear that without competition, the consumer is fked. I started building a new PC some time ago, buying some parts every month in expectation of the new Ryzen 5000 - I bought the new B550 also - now I'm sorry I did that, seeing the new prices. Indeed Intel sucks for keeping the 14 nm++++ so much but, right now, with the new pricing, AMD has become the new Intel. Sad. Very sad.
Just hope that the RDNA2 GPU will be price accordingly - 400-450$... Sad times, companies sucking money out of consumers like this....
Why would you do that? Save up your money and buy all at once. Hardware only ever gets cheaper, why buy stuff and have it lying around?
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#63
Mysteoa
sergionography
AMD does not need to beat a 3080 to be a win. 3080 and 3090 are power hogs, so if amd is about 10% slower but can do it at a 250w TDP for example, then that's a huge win. If anything I really hope AMD does not go way above the power performance sweet spot.
It maybe a win, but people will just move the goalpost and say that power doesn't matter.
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#64
Lionheart
AddSub
So my AM4 Gigabyte X370 Gaming 5 is compatible with these Zen3's, or Zen2, or Zen+ even? Yeah, I thought so. The much vaunted AMD "platform longevity" in action.

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Go cry a river, if it's so bad go Intel.
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#66
Toothless
Tech, Games, and TPU!
Eyyy that's a cool launch and birthday present. Too bad even if I got a 5800x I couldn't use it for three months.
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#67
Dimi
Why would I pick a 5800X 8 core if I can buy a 10 core 10850K for the same price? I don't get it.
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#68
dragontamer5788
Dimi
Why would I pick a 5800X 8 core if I can buy a 10 core 10850K for the same price? I don't get it.
Because the 5800X 8 core has better single-threaded performance.

Woah, this is... weird for me to say that. I feel like I'm in an upside down world or something...
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#69
theoneandonlymrk
Dimi
Why would I pick a 5800X 8 core if I can buy a 10 core 10850K for the same price? I don't get it.
Why would you buy a 10 core when you can get 16 then?!.
Horses course's.
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#70
Bytales
Im more interested in the Threadripper PRO version of the ZEN 3 CPU Core. Any ideas when were going to get that ?
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#71
Searing
theoneandonlymrk
Why would you buy a 10 core when you can get 16 then?!.
Horses course's.
The Ryzen 5800X will beat the Intel 10 core in productivity results most likely. All core clocks drop considerably with Intel because of high power draw.
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#72
hathoward
Upgrading from my 6700k to a 5950x is going to be incredible!
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#73
Zyll Goliath
Dimi
Why would I pick a 5800X 8 core if I can buy a 10 core 10850K for the same price? I don't get it.
newer,smaller 7nm die size,faster IPC,less power consumption........
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#74
hardcore_gamer
The highlight for me was the 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the 10900k. That's where the ancient 14nm node hurts Intel.
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#75
R0H1T
CmdrLaw
Boost clocks on the 5800X and 3800XT are the same.

Thats a shame.

I get the IPC increase, but a little disappointing.
The same 7nm is the reason, they're not even using N7P & considering that it's a hell of a boost!
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