AMD Ryzen 5000 and Zen 3 arrives on Nov 5th: Claims Best Gaming CPU

AMD has officially revealed its slate of Zen 3-powered desktop CPUs, skipping the 4000 series and jumping right into the new Ryzen 5000 series. The company revealed 4 new CPUs in total, boasting that the Ryzen 5900 is now the “world’s best gaming CPU.”

Dr. Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, has today announced the company’s next generation mainstream Ryzen processor.

You can watch the event below.


The new family, known as the Ryzen 5000 series, includes four parts and supports up to sixteen cores. The key element of the new product is the core design, with AMD’s latest Zen 3 microarchitecture.

The big difference with the new Zen 3 microarchitecture is the increase in instructions per cycle, letting CPUs with the same core frequencies and core counts perform a lot better. Compared to Zen 2, which powers the current Ryzen 3000 series, Zen 3 achieves 19% more IPC, converting to an average of nearly 26% more performance in gaming alone when moving to the Ryzen 5000 series; well above recent generational improvements.

The new processors are socket-compatible with existing 500-series motherboards, and will be available at retail from November 5th. AMD is putting a clear marker in the sand, calling one of its halo products as ‘The World’s Best Gaming CPU’.

With the new Ryzen 5000 series, AMD are keeping a similar structure to the previous generation. The first four processors to market will include products in the key Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 segments, as well as a pair of high-performance parts with Ryzen 9. These will stretch from six cores to sixteen cores, with increased frequencies and increased performance-per-clock, but with no additional increase in power.

The processors are still chiplet-based, with one chiplet having either six or eight cores. Each processor has more branch prediction bandwidth, a unified 8-core complex (CCX) and every core in CCX can now communicate directly with the cache, reducing latency. There’s a new layout compared to Zen 2. Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 will have one chiplet, while Ryzen 9 will have two chiplets – the easy way to identify this is through the amount of L3 cache each processor has.

CPUCORES/THREADSBASE FREQ (GHz)BOOST FREQ (GHz)L3 CACHETDP (Watts)
Ryzen 9 5950X16c/32t3.44.972MB105W
Ryzen 9 5900X12c/24t3.74.870MB105W
Ryzen 7 5800X8c/16t3.84.736MB105W
Ryzen 5 5600X*6c/12t3.74.635MB65W
*comes with bundled CPU cooler

Chipset Support

AMD is keen to highlight that the new Ryzen 5000 processors are supported in currently available motherboards. Due to the long life cycle of the AM4 platform, there has been some segmentation between chipset and processor support, however AMD this time around has made it very clear when it comes to supported chipsets. AMD has split its instructions in two.

For 500 series chipset users, motherboards firmware that supports the new hardware should already be available. Users will need to ensure that a minimum AGESA version of 1.0.8.0 is installed which will ensure that the system will boot. For full support and performance, users should update to AGESA 1.1.0.0 for the best experience.

For 400 series chipset users, AMD is currently hard at work with motherboard partners to update their firmware stacks. AMD expects the first beta BIOSes with Ryzen 5000 support to be made available from January, however part of this will be motherboard manufacturer dependent. Full release BIOSes will be at a later date. When asked if the new 5000-series firmware for 400-series chipsets will remove support for older processors, AMD said it would be on a case-by-case basis depending on how the motherboard vendor wanted to enable support.

For users that purchase motherboards that do not have the required BIOS support for Ryzen 5000, the Processor Loan Boot Kit programme will still be available.

PRICING

It’s hard not to notice AMD are raising the prices of its hardware for this generation. AMD’s argument for the increase is that, performance per dollar, they still retain a healthy lead over their competition in each market segment. The difference this time around is that, because AMD is claiming it has the best performance on the market, it can now charge that slight premium but still offer a more compelling product.

Here’s a quick rundown on prices:

  • Ryzen 9 5950X – $799 US (~£729 inc VAT)
  • Ryzen 9 5900X – $549 US (~£501 inc VAT)
  • Ryzen 7 5800X – $449 US (~£410 inc VAT)
  • Ryzen 5 5600X – $299 US (~£273 inc VAT)

Ryzen 5000 processors are not only replacing hardware with a $50 higher MSRP, but also replacing hardware that routinely sells below MSRP. This makes the differences more akin to $90-$150. This of course changes some of the dynamic when we start discussing performance per dollar.

The Ryzen 5000 series is a new product, and the claim of market leading performance means that the early adopters and AMD enthusiasts that want the best on day one will be able to get the hardware they desire. During the initial phase in almost all launches, users looking for the best bang-for-buck build will always look to purchasing the previous generation, which is almost always offered at a good discount as stock transfers to the latest product. AMD believes it has set the pricing of the new Zen 3 processors where it remains competitive, but still balances the message that AMD claims it has the best, most efficient processors.

WHAT NEXT?

Users looking for processors under that $299 mark, or more offerings at the 65 W TDP, we expect AMD to look at expanding the Ryzen 5000 product list over the next six months. No exact word from AMD was given about what might come in the future.

As for the processors announced today, November 5th is the date to put in your diary. On this date, reviews will go live, details about the microarchitecture will be revealed, and processors will be available.

AMD also teased out the AMD Radeon 6000 which they “affectionately call” Big Navi that seems to have stuck as a nickname now. They’re saying it’s the “most powerful gaming GPU we have ever built”, well of course they would say that.

There will be more information for the AMD Radeon 6000 series on October 28 with their next planned event.

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