AMD launches Ryzen 5000 series processors – “Fastest Gaming CPU” ever

The ridiculous leaps AMD has taken forward in the world of chipsets through their banger Ryzen CPUs made them the go to choice among tech enthusiasts, content creators, and gamers. The hype around AMD’s Q4 press release was colossal and rightfully so. The wait is over as AMD finally released the much awaited Ryzen 5000 series desktop processor line up based on the new Zen 3 architecture. The press release took place on October 8th, 2020 at 06:00 PM GMT (11:30 PM IST).

Here is the Ryzen 5000 series processor line up that we have all been waiting for –

Ryzen 5 5600X (6 Cores, 12 Threads) for $299 which comes with the wraith cooler.

Ryzen 7 5800X (8 Cores, 16 Threads) for $449.

Ryzen 9 5900X (12 Cores, 24 Threads) for $549.

And finally, the elephant in the room,

Ryzen 9 5950X (16 Cores, 32 Threads) (Pricing is yet to be revealed by the company).

All of them will be available to buy from November 5th onwards. It is worth pointing out that only the budget Ryzen 5 5600X CPUs will ship with the Wraith Cooler in the box. And there’s quite good reasoning behind this. The higher end CPUs have a much higher rated TDP of 105W over the 65W in the Ryzen 5, which need a much beefier cooling solution than the Wraith Coolers AMD shipped previously.


Whenever a company, especially in the PC world, releases a product, the benchmarks should be taken with a grain of salt. Despite that, the numbers provided by AMD and the benchmarks presented during the release were, fortunately, very promising.

AMD has unveiled their Zen 3 architecture which may just give them that slight edge forward from being competitive to straight up being the fastest on the planet. The Zen 3 chips still use TMSC’s 7nm process. However, they have significantly reduced the latency of the data transferred between the CCXs (CPU complexes) by unifying the same. This allows all the L3 cache to be directly accessible by all the cores resulting in a faster IPC (Instructions per Cycle), accelerating the gaming performance. This also implies reduced memory latency and AMD has confirmed Zen 3 will benefit from faster RAM speeds as effectively as Zen 2.

The claimed gaming performance will be likely to be a result of a very significant 19% IPC uplift and reduced latency because of the 8 core CCXs.

The budget Ryzen 5 5600X is most likely to chew up through the stocks considering its $299 price tag. The 6 core 12 threaded Ryzen 5 boosts up to 4.6 GHz with a base clock of 3.7 GHz with a hefty 35 MB L3 cache and a 65W TDP. This is a major boost in frequency and cache over the Zen 2 chips.

The higher end Ryzen 7 5800X comes with 8 cores and 16 threads is probably the most balanced for both gaming and productivity workflow. It boosts up to a respectable 4.7 GHz on all its cores with the base clock being 3.8 GHz and 36 MB L3 cache. All these bells and whistles come with the expense of higher power consumption at 105W TDP.

With the 12 cores 24 threaded Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD is eyeing at the productivity/enthusiast realm and also for light workstation work. For such a high core count, the Ryzen 9 still turbos up to a whooping 4.8 GHz and the base clock is set at 3.7 GHz and a colossal 70 MB L3 cache. It’s also rated at 105W TDP.

Finally, the one that everyone’s been craving for, the oliath Ryzen 9 5950X which is claimed to be the fastest CPU ever boosting up to 4.9 GHz on all its 16 cores (32 threads). The 72 MB L2 & L3 cache makes it a very compelling option for a fast home workstation. Even for such performance the rated total power dissipation is just 105W.


Although the benchmarks provided by AMD isn’t the final nail in the coffin, there’s more to be revealed when the processors are off the shelves and we get their hands on them. However, the benchmarks and more importantly the way they were recorded was very standard. The Ryzen 9 5900X was triumphant over the current gaming king, the Intel Core i9-10900K in Cinebench R20 crossing 631 points in single core performance for the first time whereas its i9 counterpart managed 551 points giving it a significant 15% performance uplift.

And the good news continues for the red team as most of the gaming benchmarks point towards a win for AMD even in titles which weren’t favored for AMD in the past, like the infamous Far Cry New Dawn. AMD has admitted it can’t pull of a major lead in frames over Intel in all the games but the performance over head in some titles (especially CPU based).


The pricing from AMD has always been competitive in the past. Although this year the launching prices is a bit higher in all the three families of CPUs launched from both their Intel counterpart and Zen 2. AMD only unveiled the X variants of the Ryzen 5000 series processor line up and said they cannot reveal any information on the non X skews as of now.

The Ryzen 5 5600X has launched with a $40 higher price tag at $299, the same as the Intel Core i5 10600K with which it is directly competing.

The Ryzen 7 5800X is also $50 higher than it’s direct competitor from the blue team, the Core i7 10700K. And the trend continues across the board here.

With all this, AMD still claims to edge out Intel in the price-to-performance ratio with better performance per dollar estimation.

All of the Ryzen 5000 series processors will be at the stores from November 5. We’ll know more as the embargo lifts but nevertheless Zen 3 looks a very compelling option for anybody looking to get a new PC built or want to upgrade to a faster one.

You can visit AMD’s official website for further information.

You can check out the full press release here –

What do you think?

Written by Diptoman Saha

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