AMD just proclaimed its new lineup of Ryzen 5000 series processors for desktops, which are also the first chips from the organization set to feature its next-gen Zen 3 planning and represent the biggest jump for AMD’s desktop chips yet.

AMD is also setting expectations raised, ensuring that the new Ryzen 5900X is nothing short of “the world’s best gaming CPU.” The new chips will be accessible starting at $299 for the entry-level Ryzen 5 5600X model on Nov 5th.

Altogether, AMD says that simply substituting a Zen 2 CPU with a similar Zen 3 model —the new chips are compatible with older motherboards after a firmware update — will appear in an average 26 percent improvement for customers, all while having TDP and core counts the equivalent.

Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 processors
Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 processors

AMD is beginning with four new Zen 3 CPUs. There’s a top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5950X model with 16 cores, 32 threads, and a max lift speed of 4.9GHz for $799; the $549 Ryzen 9 5900X, with 12 cores, 32 threads, and a max lift speed of 4.8GHz; the $449 Ryzen 7 5800X, with eight cores, 16 threads, and a max lift speed of 4.7GHz; and the $299 Ryzen 5 5600X, with six cores, 12 threads, and a max lift speed of 4.6GHz.

 

Performance

Features AMD Ryzen 5900X
Architecture Zen 3
Process node 7nm+
Cores 12
Threads 24
Base clock 3.7GHz
Max single-core boost clock TBD
Max all-core boost clock 4.8GHz
Cache 70MB
Max memory speed support TBD
TDP 105W
CPU Socket AM4

 

An advantage in core and thread counts provides the Ryzen 5900X a critical advantage in multi-threaded workloads. That won’t make much of a variation in most games but will help it keep the now-typical AMD productivity performance lead, particularly in intensive tasks like video editing and transcoding.

Where AMD made important gains with this generation of CPUs, though, is in IPC and clock speed. The Ryzen 3000-series of Zen 2 CPUs already offered a more inclusive IPC than Intel’s Comet Lake processors but lost out significantly on clock speed, giving Intel CPUs better at tasks with more limited thread counts and where per-core performance is further desirable — alike gaming.

AMD says that will improve with Zen 3. With another large uptick in IPC — AMD claims as high as 19% — the achievement gap could be all but annihilated at the single-thread level. Couple that with a small, but not insignificant, clock speed improvement over its predecessor and the 5900X seems to have enough single-threaded grunt to take on Intel’s most beneficial in gaming.

 

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