AMD has announced its Ryzen 5000-series microprocessors for desktop PCs. Among them is what the firm calls the fastest gaming CPU in the world.
“AMD released the new AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X, Ryzen 7 5800X, and Ryzen 5 5600X desktop processors, including the fastest gaming CPU in the world and delivering up to a 26 percent generational uplift in gaming performance,” an AMD representative told me. “AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors are available from major retailers and e-tailers starting at $299.”
Early reviews of these new processors suggest that AMD is onto something here, with the new 7-nanometer chips offering 19 percent improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) when compared to the Ryzen 3000 series. And as far as gaming processors go, the Ryzen 5000-series chips appear to equal or beat the comparable Intel parts, but at lower prices.
There are four new processors: The Ryzen 9 5950X, with 16 CPU cores and a base clock speed of 3.4 GHz, the Ryzen 9 5900X, with 12 cores and a base clock speed of 3.7GHz, the Ryzen 7 5800X, with 8 cores and a base clock speed of 3.8GHz, and the Ryzen 5 5600X, with 6 cores and a base clock speed of 3.7GHz.
And if you’re an existing AMD customer with a 500-series motherboard, you can upgrade to a new Ryzen 5000-series processor after a simple BIOS upgrade. AMD has the instructions here.