AMD has officially unveiled its Ryzen 5000 processors in an online event that really went hard in highlighting the gaming capabilities of these new processors, with CEO Lisa Su stating that “gaming begins with AMD”.
The first Ryzen 5000 CPU AMD showed off was the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, a high-end processor which will come with 12 cores, 24 threads and a 4.8GHz boost. It will have a 105W TDP. It will cost $549 when it launches November 5.
Gamers can expect average performance improvement of 26% at 1080p, compared to the AMD Ryzen 3900XT, according to the company.
Zen 3, if you’re wondering, is the name of the architecture the AMD Ryzen 5000 processors will be based on.
AMD then also showed off the monster AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, a 16-core, 32 thread CPU with a 4.9GHz boost, 72 MB L2+L3 cache, 105W TDP, which will sell at a seriously competitive $799.
We also found out about the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and the 6-core AMD Ryzen 5 5600X as well.
Based on a 7nm+ manufacturing process, AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop processors could be tremendously powerful and potentially push clock speeds high enough to really make Intel hurt, especially if Team Blue stays stuck at 14nm on desktop.
So, read on to find out everything we know so far about AMD Ryzen 5000.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? AMD’s next lineup of desktop processors
- When is it out? AMD Ryzen 5000 processors will be available November 5
- What will it cost? Starting at $299
AMD Ryzen 5000 release date
At the October 8 launch, CEO Lisa Su announced that the AMD Ryzen 5000 processors will all launch on November 5, 2020.
Thankfully, that’s not too far away at all, and hopefully stock will be plentiful, so everyone who wants one, can buy one.
It could also mean we get some great Black Friday deals for the older AMD processors as well. That deals bonanza is at the end of November.
AMD Ryzen 5000 price
We don’t know what price AMD 5000 CPUs will be sold for, but we can look at previous launches to at least get an idea.
AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation saw higher prices than Ryzen 2000, largely due to the introduction of Ryzen 9 processors with up to 16 cores. However, the Ryzen 7 3700X did launch at the same $329 (£319, AU$519) price point as the Ryzen 7 2700X that came before it.
Due to the success of chips like the Ryzen 9 3900X and 3950X, however, we fully expect AMD to follow suit with the Ryzen 5000 lineup. For reference, we included the pricing of AMD Ryzen 3000 processors below. We expect the pricing to stay roughly the same for the next generation.
- AMD Ryzen 9 3950X: $749 (about £590, AU$1,080)
- AMD Ryzen 9 3900X: $499 (about £390, AU$720)
- AMD Ryzen 7 3800X: $399 (about £310, AU$580)
- AMD Ryzen 7 3700X: $329 (about £260, AU$480)
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600X: $249 (about £200, AU$360)
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600: $199 (about £160, AU$290)
- AMD Ryzen 5 3400G: $149 (£139, AU$240)
- AMD Ryzen 3 3300G: $99 (£94, AU$144)
AMD Ryzen 5000 specs
We finally know the specs of the following AMD Ryzen 5000 processors:
- AMD Ryzen 9 5950X: 16-core, 32 thread, 4.9GHz boost, 72 MB L2+L3 cache, 105W TDP
- AMD Ryzen 9 5900X: 12-core, 24 thread, 4.8GHz boost, 70MB L2+L3 cache, 105W TDP
- AMD Ryzen 7 5800X: 8-core, 16 thread, 4.7GHz boost, 36MB cache, 105W TDP
- AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: 6-core, 12-thread, 4.6GHz boost, 35MB cache, 65W TDP
Benchmarks for a desktop-based variant have shown up online recently, but that chip is a Zen 2-based Renoir APU. That means that it won’t deliver the same level of performance as the high-end SKUs.
There are rumors that it will be based on TSMC’s new 7nm EUV (extreme ultraviolet) process, similar to what’s rumored to be seen with Nvidia Ampere. If this is true, the processors could be much more power efficient, which could see clock speeds see a sizable bump – which could seriously threaten Intel’s chips in the gaming scene.
Another thing that could make Intel start sweating is the rumor that with Ryzen 5000, AMD may introduce more powerful hyperthreading, with each physical core having four simultaneous processing threads, as opposed to the two found on today’s silicon. This is a rumor we’d definitely take with a grain of salt, but if it’s true it could even further widen the gap between AMD and Intel when it comes to multi-threaded workloads.
It’s unlikely that we’ll see huge core count bumps with this generation, like we did last year. Instead, AMD will probably use the EUV process to boost performance while cutting power consumption. This does mean that there likely won’t be much of a reason to upgrade if you already have a Ryzen 3000 chip.
However, a recent leak of the AMD Ryzen 9 4950X boasting 16-core, 32-thread and a 4.8GHz boost clock could still have Intel’s gaming crown sweating. However, that leak suggests that AMD is keeping the Ryzen 4000 name for its desktop CPUs, something we no longer think is the case.
Still, we won’t know what AMD Ryzen 4th Generation processors will look like until we see them announced by Team Red. We’ll be sure to update this article as soon as we hear more about AMD’s next desktop chips and once we’ve been able to actually test the laptop models.
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