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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