AMD Announces Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 Desktop Processors

Posted on October 8, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 19 Comments

AMD today announced its Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 CPUs for desktops, which will be globally available on November 5 at prices ranging from $299 to $799.

“Our commitment with each generation of our Ryzen processors has been to build the best PC processors in the world,” AMD senior vice president Saeid Moshkelani says. “The new AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors extend our leadership from IPC, power efficiency to single-core, multi-core performance, and gaming. Today, we are extremely proud to deliver what our community and customers have come to expect from Ryzen processors—dominant multi-core1 and single-core performance5 and true gaming leadership6—all within a broad ecosystem of motherboards and chipsets that are drop-in ready for AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors.”

Sitting at the top of the Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 family is the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X, which AMD says provides the highest single-thread performance of any desktop gaming processor and the most multi-core performance of any desktop gaming processor and any desktop processor in a mainstream CPU socket. Meanwhile, the 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X offers what AMD says is the best gaming experience with 7 percent faster performance in 1080p gaming and 26 percent faster 1080p gaming across select titles generationally.

The AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors with work on existing AMD 500-series motherboards, and will require just a simple BIOS update. There are over 100 AMD 500-series motherboards available today from all major motherboard manufacturers, the firm says.

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19 responses to “AMD Announces Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 Desktop Processors”

  1. eric_rasmussen

    These look great, high performance without producing a lot of heat. I have a Ryzen 5 3600 that may get passed down to my son now. ?

  2. duncanator

    My desktop is still using an i7-4790k so perhaps it's time to take a look at AMD again after many years of Intel CPU's.

  3. codymesh

    it's crazy, but this might be the first real leap in IPC improvement on the x86 side, since......intel skylake? wild.

  4. brettscoast

    I love what AMD is doing with these chips, from a pure value perspective they beat Intel's offerings handsomely.

  5. blue77star

    That's all nice, but the company has no merit. My 3900x died after 6 months, never had CPU die. It was not overclocked and was never able to reach an advertised single core speed of 4.6Ghz. (Someone should sue their ass for lying to customers). In fact no core ever passed 4.2Ghz. I had AIO to keep temperature <62C, on stock cooler it was like thermonuclear plant...so much of their 7nm efficiency. I started RMA process with AMD and they approved it, and they sent me Fedex Shipment Label. Later I found out that Label is for 7-10 business days shipping. If I knew they will act as cheap ass I would pay shipping myself overnight. I am already without computer for almost a month because initially I thought it was motherboard problem. After going through same process with ASUS turns out that CPU is dead. Lost a month of productivity => money. I will never buy any product from AMD, just garbage. As soon as I get replacement, going to sell it and get 10900k. And speaking of heat, Intel is an ice compared to 3900x over heated garbage.


    Intel CPUs might look a bit pricy but you get quality and no BS like this.

  6. RobertJasiek

    AMD misses the chance to offer lower prices than Intel for similar CPUs.

    • MikeCerm

      In reply to RobertJasiek:

      I too was a little disappointed by the pricing, but you can't really blame AMD for wanted to capitalize now that they're firmly in the lead for the first time in a long time. I would have liked to see a 5600X at $200 or $250, some kind of 5700X at $300 or $350, and some kind of Ryzen 3 offering at launch, in the $125-150 range. But as it is, if their numbers are to be believed, it looks like AMD is set to offer equivalent or better single-core performance, and better multi-core performance, at lower TDPs across the board. Maybe it's time for Intel to drop prices and put some pressure on AMD.

  7. martinusv2

    I hope we wont suffer the same fate as rtx 3080 bots orders.

  8. ghostrider

    5600x or 5800x for my next CPU. Just need to chose which. I have no interest in Intel anymore.

  9. billzeal

    Yes Yes I'll take it ! CPU compatition is good for all of us .Sorry Intel . Long live the Desktop!

  10. Sihaz

    In reply to Nicholas_Kathrein:

    have to agree nicholas - 3600x here - runs below 40 degrees at idle and rarely goes over 60 degrees when i push it. very stable machine.

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