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AMD’s New Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Chips Are The Fastest In The World

The fastest desktop processors in the game...for now

AMD has officially taken off the wraps of their new family of processors under its Ryzen 5000 lineup, with the red team confidently saying that the new chips are “fastest desktop processors in the game”.

AMD says it has reworked its core design significantly to create a unified 8-core complex, which lowers instruction latency and lets every core directly reach the chip’s L3 cache. The new processors are still built with 7nm lithography, so you’re not getting higher core counts beyond the 16 that’s already present, though impressively AMD has managed to keep the power consumption the same with the previous generation more or less despite the new processors offering at least +19% improvement in performance.

AMD’s biggest Achilles heel when it comes to performance has also been addressed: the company has managed to improve single-core performance to the point that the Ryzen 9 5900X is able to overtake Intel’s Core i9-10900K’s single-core performance numbers in CineBench R20 by a wide margin.

This is a huge win for AMD since single-core performance is one of the performance metrics that’s directly responsible for higher FPS in games, which is why many reviewers and press outfits still recommend getting an Intel Core i9-10900K processor if you want the very best processor money can buy for gaming. That’s changed massively with AMD’s new processors, at least if their performance numbers will be believed.

As for the individual processors themselves, here’s how they stack up:

Ryzen 9 5950X

The top of the line processor for the new 5000 series chips. It packs 16 cores, 32 threads, has a base frequency of 3400Ghz and a turbo frequency of 4900GHz, along with 64MB of L3 Cache and a TDP of 105W. It has an MSRP of $799, or Php 38.7K directly converted to our currency.

Ryzen 9 5900X

The more mainstream, top-end enthusiast processor of the bunch, Ryzen 9 5900X comes with 12 cores, 24 threads, has a base frequency of 3700Ghz, and a turbo frequency of 4800GHz, along with 64MB of L3 Cache and a TDP of 105W. It has an MSRP of $549, or Php 26.5K directly converted to our currency.

Ryzen 7 5800X

The middle child of the family, this processor comes with 8 cores, 16 threads, has a base frequency of 3800GHz and turbos up to 4700GHz, has an L3 Cache of 32MB, and has a TDP of 105W. It has an MSRP of $499 or Php 21.7K in our currency.

Ryzen 5 5600X

The runt of the litter is still a powerful chip, and comes with 6 cores and 12 threads, a base frequency of 3700GHz and turbos up to 4600GHz, and comes with 32MB of L3 cache and a total TDP of 65W. It has an MSRP of $299 or around php 14.4K and comes with a bundled cooler as well.

All four processors should be hitting the market on November 5, and like always the new chips should be compatible with older motherboards after a firmware update. Take note that pricing will be different once the processors arrive in the Philippines to account for things like taxes and shipping.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Sir John, you may have to correct your article regarding the L3 cache size of the 5950X, 5900X and 5800X as I don’t think current processor cache sizes can go up to GBs as of the moment. 😀

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