AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 CPUs Revealed – Up to 16 Cores, 19% IPC Improvement With 26% Gaming Performance Increase

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After a long wait, AMD has finally revealed details about its upcoming Zen 3 (Ryzen 5000) CPUs. During the event, AMD CEO Lisa Su revealed details about the new Ryzen 7 5800X, 5900X, and more.

Ryzen 5000 CPU Lineup

AMD Ryzen™ 9 5950X  16C/32T 105W Up to 4.9 / 3.4 72MB N/A $799 November 5, 2020 
AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900X 12C/24T 105W Up to 4.8 / 3.7 70MB N/A $549 November 5, 2020 
AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800X 8C/16T 105W Up to 4.7 / 3.8 36MB N/A $449 November 5, 2020 
AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600X 6C/12T 65W Up to 4.6 / 3.7 35MB Wraith Stealth $299 November 5, 2020 
AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs

The new lineup promises a 19% generational increase in IPC, which is the largest increase since the introduction of Zen. Contrary to recent rumors, AMD is targeting a November 5 release for all CPUs in the lineup. It looks like aside from higher clock speeds, AMD took another hat out of the Zen 2 XT refresh bag by not including any cooler here either.

“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 IPC, power efficiency to single-core​, multi-core performance and gaming​,” – said Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice president and general manager, client business unit, AMD.

AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 Pricing
AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 Pricing
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In order to deliver on the promise of said improvement, the Zen 3 architecture doubles the L3 cache per core which in turn delivers “up to 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the competition”.

“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 leadership – all within a broad ecosystem of motherboards and chipsets that are drop-in ready for AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors.”

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Improvements

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

Here’s what AMD claims the improvements to their flagship chip is:

  • “The highest single-thread performance of any desktop gaming processor.”
  • “The most multi-core performance of any desktop gaming processor and any desktop processor in a mainstream CPU socket.”

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Improvements

  • Lisa Su with AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
  • Ryzen 9 5900X Specs
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The improvements to the 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X are as follows:

  • “Average of 7% faster in 1080p gaming across select game titles than the competition​.”
  • “Average of 26% faster in 1080p gaming across select titles generationally​.”
  • Zen 3 19% IPC Increase
  • AMD zen 3 cache
  • AMD Ryzen 5000 IPC uplift

The Ryzen 5000 series is expected to go on sale on November 5. AMD is yet to share details on its upcoming graphics cards using the RDNA 2 architecture, which will happen on October 28th. Check back on this space for more coverage regarding Zen 3 and RDNA 2.

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Rahul Majumdar
I've been writing here for quite a while. Tech, Gaming, Film, you name it. Occupational hazards include excessive gaming & movie-binging sessions. Most active on Twitter!


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