Chip maker AMD has announced its much-awaited Ryzen 5000 series processors for desktops. The first chips to use the next-gen Zen 3 architecture from the company, the new 5000 series chips promise massive performance gains over their predecessors. Under the series, the company has launched multiple CPUs, one of which is the 5900X processor, which according to AMD is the "world's best gaming CPU".
"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 per cent generational uplift in gaming performance," said AMD.
The Ryzen CPUs at the launch support X570 and B550 motherboards. Supports for X470 and B450 motherboards will be added soon, says AMD.
One particular bit to note here is AMD's claim in single-threaded performance. Intel has held a lead in single-threaded performance for over a decade. AMD says that with its Ryzen 500 series it is now faster than the competing Intel Core i processors even in single-threaded performance and as a proof the company revealed the Cinebench score for the Ryzen 5900. It said that the Ryzen 5900 scores 631 points in this benchmark, and hence breaking the 600 mark for the first time. The score puts it tens of points ahead of competing Intel Core i processors.
AMD has announced that the new processors will be available at a starting price of $299 for the entry-level Ryzen 5 5600X model on November 5. The prices of other processors too have been revealed. The Ryzen 5800X will cost $449. The Ryzen 5900X, with its 12 cores will cost $549 and the Ryzen 5950X with its 16-cores and 32 threads will cost $799.
For now there is no word on the Indian pricing of the Ryzen 5600X, Ryzen 5800X, Ryzen 5900X and Ryzen 5950X. But do understand that the Ryzen 5000 series processors are $50 more than the corresponding chips that were part of the Ryzen 3000 series. In India, Ryzen 3600 sells for Rs 23,499. So, it is safe to assume that the Ryzen 5600 will cost at least more than Rs 25,000, even closer to Rs 30,000 because computer hardware is very expensive in India.
The new Ryzen 5000 series CPUs are claimed to feature a "19 per cent IPC increase over the prior generation in PC workloads". This according to the company helps the "Zen 3" architecture push gaming and content creation performance a notch higher.
As for the processors, the top of the line 16 core, 32 thread AMD Ryzen 9 5950X offers "the highest single-thread performance of any desktop gaming processor" and also the "best multi-core performance of any desktop gaming processor and any desktop processor in a mainstream CPU socket."
The more affordable Ryzen 9 5900X comes with 12 cores and 24 threads. It promises to improve average gaming performance on 1080p titles by up to 7 per cent. However, AMD claims that some titles will see greater gains, with the average improvement in FPS coming to 26 per cent while playing them in 1080p.
The Ryzen 5000 series of chips will go directly against Intel's existing 10th-Gen Comet Lake CPUs and the upcoming 11th-Gen Rocket Lake chips. The latter has already been teased to support features such as PCIe 4.0 and also bring far more superior performance because of an improved architecture that will form the basis of the new Intel CPUs.
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