AMD Launches Ryzen 5000-Series Desktop Processors

Posted on November 6, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, PC gaming with 15 Comments

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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.

You can learn more about the AMD Ryzen 5000-series processors on the AMD website.

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Comments (15)

15 responses to “AMD Launches Ryzen 5000-Series Desktop Processors”

  1. wright_is

    Up to 26% over Ryzen 3... Hmm, my Ryzen 1 is still going strong, don't tell me how much faster the 5000 is than that, I am happy with my PC.

    (puts hands over ears and chants "lalalalalal, I can't hear you! Lalalalala"

  2. RobertJasiek

    What is the compelling reason to buy them instead of Ryzen 3000? (Other than 1080p or 1440p gaming with an only mediocre GPU.)

  3. michael

    woohoo, price drop on I9s just in time for black friday


  4. supermarkert

    Also noteworthy: if have AMD now with a 400-series motherboard, they will also support the new processors (BIOS updates starting in Jan 2021).

  5. martinusv2

    It's sold out already :) Missed the order window between 2 bots.

  6. Sir_Timbit

    I know this is about desktop chips.... but I'd love to see a Dell XPS 15 with a Ryzen option.

  7. ghostrider

    These CPU's are absolute beasts and are setting world records left, right and center. It appears from reviews, AMD now have the best all round CPU's on the market, for single threaded, multi threaded AND gaming. Oh how the tide has turned!

  8. RobertJasiek

    In reply to Nicholas_Kathrein:

    I understand your view if we a) ignore Threadripper and similar Intel CPUs and b) assume that the best mainstream CPU shall be chosen regardless of price.

    A workstation with four GPUs deserves Threadripper.

    If price plays a role, then Ryzen 5000 is often not necessary. E.g., RTX 3080 combined with Ryzen 3000 is sufficient for 4K gaming or applied deep learning gaming because the GPU is the bottleneck. There, one would not buy Ryzen 5000 to gain ca. 1%.

    • Alastair Cooper

      In reply to RobertJasiek:

      Threadripper, which should outperform it on heavily threaded tasks is really for specialised tasks that benefit from that, such as video editing. It's worth the trade-off in single-threaded performance for the large gains in the applications for which very large numbers of cores is beneficial.


      Really though, that seems like comparing a car to a truck. Different priorities mean a design with different strengths. For most use cases the ordinary Ryzen CPUs up to the 5950X are going to be slightly better and perhaps more importantly an awful lot cheaper than Threadripper.

  9. blue77star

    Good CPU, barely beats Intel in gaming...in most scenarios equal some slower and some faster. Overall, just like Intel platform this is dead too. I am waiting for Alder Lake + DDR5 + PCIE5

  10. chaad_losan

    Will be nice once I can actually buy one.

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