AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs Launched: 16 Cores @ up to 4.9GHz, 72MB Cache and 26% Better Gaming Perf

AMD finally unveiled its Zen 3 based Ryzen 5000 CPUs today, promising an IPC boost of 19%, and with twice as much L3 cache available to each core. (Yes, that means only one CCX/CCD per chiplet) The efficiency is also a big step up, with up to 2.8x higher performance per watt compared to Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake-S lineup.

AMD Ryzen™ 9 5950X16C/32T105WUp to 4.9 / 3.472MBN/A$799November 5, 2020
AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900X12C/24T105WUp to 4.8 / 3.770MBN/A$549November 5, 2020
AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800X8C/16T105WUp to 4.7 / 3.836MBN/A$449November 5, 2020
AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600X6C/12T65WUp to 4.6 / 3.735MBWraith Stealth$299November 5, 2020

At the top of the stack, you have the Ryzen 9 5950X, with up to 16 cores and 32 threads, same as the 3950X. However, the boost clock is 200MHz higher at 4.9GHz (vs 4.7GHz on the 3950X). Then we have the Ryzen 9 5900X with 12 cores and 24 threads. This is the actual Ryzen 5000 flagship, promising up to 26% higher gaming performance than the preceding 3900X and 7% more than the Core i9-10900K (on average).

Gaming Performance: Ryzen 9 3900XT vs Ryzen 9 5900X
Gaming Performance: Core i9-10900K vs Ryzen 9 5900X
Rendering Performance: Core i9-10900K vs Ryzen 9 5950X
Gaming Performance: Core i9-10900K vs Ryzen 9 5950X

Compatible with X570 and B550 Motherboards

AMD 500 series motherboards are ready for AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors with a simple BIOS update. AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors announced today are expected to be available for purchase globally on November 5, 2020.

The AMD Ryzen Equipped to Win game bundle program is back with the highly anticipated next chapter in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 6. Customers who purchase an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, or AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor between November 5th, 2020, and December 31st, 2020 will receive a free copy of Far Cry 6 on PC when the game is released. Additionally, customers who purchase an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT, or AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT processor between October 20th, 2020, and December 31st, 2020 will also receive a free copy of the game.


Q. Where are the Ryzen 5 5600 or 5700X?

A. Well, I asked AMD but they gave me the silent treatment. Their exact words were, “We can’t comment on future products at the moment”. So, yeah, there’s a very good chance that we’ll see the 5600 and 5700X in the future, possibly next year after the Intel Rocket Lake-S launch.

Q. So, no coolers with the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 chips?

A. Unfortunately, you won’t get a bundled cooler with the higher-end Ryzen 5000 CPUs. Only the Ryzen 5 5600X comes with a Wraith Stealth cooler. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as you’d need a better cooler to extract the maximum performance from your Ryzen chip either way.

Q. When can I buy the new Ryzen 5000 processors?

A. As already mentioned in the table, the new Zen 3 parts should be available for purchase globally, starting from the 5th of November.

Q. What about motherboard compatibility with the older B450 and X470 boards?

A. Don’t worry, AMD hasn’t forgotten about you guys. There will be a beta BIOS released for select 400 series motherboards in mid-late November. Keep in mind that not every B450 will get support for the new processors.

Q. Where are the IPC figures from?

A. IPC evaluated with a selection of 25 workloads running at a locked 4GHz frequency on 8-core “Zen 2” Ryzen 7 3800XT and “Zen 3” Ryzen 7 5800X desktop processors configured with Windows® 10, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (451.77), Samsung 860 Pro SSD, and 2x8GB DDR4-3600.

Q. What about the gaming performance?

A. Testing was performed by AMD performance labs as of 9/2/2020 based on the average FPS across 40 PC games at 1920×1080 with the High image quality preset using an AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900X processor vs. Core i9-10900K. Basically, the 5900X is 7% faster on average across 40 games. As for the inter-generational gaming gain, the 5900X was compared against the 3900XT. So, you’re getting an average of 26% better gaming performance with the 5900X when compared to the 3900XT.

Q. What about the boost clocks? Will all chips boost to the advertised clocks?

A. Not really. The indicated boost clock is the single-core boost clock, and the multi-core boost will be somewhat lower. Furthermore, you’ll need proper cooling with the latest motherboard BIOS, AMD chipset driver and OS updates to achieve that magical figure.

Q. What about the memory support and Fabric Frequencies?

A. From what I’ve been told, memory support will be as high as 5800MHz, with the Fabric clock overclockable to 3GHz (not confirmed).

Turns out 3733MHz will still be the upper limit for fclock and memory (1:1).


Computer hardware enthusiast, PC gamer, and almost an engineer. Former co-founder of Techquila (2017-2019), a fairly successful tech outlet. Been working on Hardware Times since 2019, an outlet dedicated to computer hardware and its applications.
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