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AMD unveils Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors, arriving on November 5

By Nadeem Sarwar October 8, 2020, 1:18 pm

AMD has just launched its latest lineup of the desktop processors in the Ryzen 5000 series based on the new Zen 3 architecture. The new AMD Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors are based on the 7nm process. The company has launched a total of three mainstream processors – the hexa-core AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, the octa-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, and the beastly 12-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900X. Plus, AMD has also launched a 16-core enthusiast-class processor called the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, which has a boost frequency of 4.9GHz and is claimed to offer the highest single-thread performance out there in the market.

ModelCores /
Boost / Base
Freq. (GHz)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X16C/32T105WUp to 4.9 / 3.472MB$799
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X12C/24T105WUp to 4.8 / 3.770MB$549
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X8C/16T105WUp to 4.7 / 3.836MB$449
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X6C/12T65WUp to 4.6 / 3.735MB$299

All four Zen 3-based AMD Ryzen 5000 processors will be up for grabs starting November 5.

Talking about the performance boost, AMD says that the top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 9 5900X offers up to a 26% improvement in gaming performance compared to an AMD Ryzen 3000 series processor. The company also claims that its unified 8-core complex will allow direct access to 32MB of L3 cache, almost double that of its previous generation Zen 2 processors. AMD says that the Zen 3 architecture helps the Ryzen 5000 processors achieve a 2.8X more performance-per-watt

During the presentation, AMD wasn’t shy of making comparisons against Intel’s top-of-the-line processor when it comes to benchmark or gaming scores. The company showcased on video that the AMD Ryzen 5900X and the Ryzen 9 5950X are the first processors to break the 600 points barrier in single-thread performance (via Cinebench 1T Run test). When it comes to gaming, the Ryzen 5900X is said to offer up to 21% higher performance against the Intel Core i9-10900K at FHD resolution and image quality preset set to high. 

AMD is calling Ryzen 9 5950X the world's best gaming processor.

AMD’s new Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 series processors offer a peak L2+L3 cache of 72MB and a maximum TDP of 105W. Listed below are a few slides that compare the generation-over-generation performance gain of the Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors and how they stack up against what Intel has to offer:

Source: AMD

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