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AMD reveals Zen 3 and the Ryzen 5000 series - out November 5

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Today AMD revealed the Zen 3 CPU architecture along with the Ryzen 5000 series, with quite a big focus in single-threaded performance as they continue to fight Intel.

Jumping over the Ryzen 4000 series as expected, AMD has come out swinging as they've announced four processors in the Ryzen 5000 series. All of which will be available on November 5 so there's less than a month until you can get your hands on them.

As expected, they're going to be powerful too, with AMD claiming this being their biggest increase in IPC (instructions per cycle/clock) resulting in strong single-thread performance for those games that stick loads into a main thread. For gamers, these are going to be very competitive to Intel. AMD claimed a "19%" IPC increase compared with their previous generation of Zen. On top of that, they're claiming a big win on latency reduction between core and cache communication.

Above you can see the Ryzen 5900X, Ryzen 5800X and the Ryzen 5600X. However, they had another surprise which is their new top-end Ryzen 5950X which is something of a monster.

AMD's Mark Papermaster confirmed Ryzen 5000 is using the same 7nm node as before, however it is using a new core layout and new cache topology with design improvements "across all of the CPU components". Papermaster mentioned this new layout brings all of the cores onto "A unified 8-core complex, that accelerates core to core communication that's especially helpful to gaming workloads. That consolidation actually allows every core to directly access the 32MB of L3 cache, that dramatically accelerates workloads that are latency sensitive like gaming".

What will all that actually translate into when it comes to real-world performance? Well benchmarks will find out soon enough with the November 5 launch.

Here's the main specs sheet to make it easy for you:

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16C/32T 105W Up to 4.9 / 3.4 72MB N/A $799
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12C/24T 105W Up to 4.8 / 3.7 70MB N/A $549
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8C/16T 105W Up to 4.7 / 3.8 36MB N/A $449
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6C/12T 65W Up to 4.6 / 3.7 35MB Wraith Stealth $299

When it comes to motherboard chipset compatibility, AMD explained the AMD 500 series are ready for the Ryzen 5000 series but they will need a "simple" BIOS upgrade.

You can watch the whole event right here with our embed below (or on the AMD website):

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Looking to the future, Zen 4 was given a brief mention that it's still in the design phase and they've had multiple teams working at the same time to ensure they can keep doing new generations. Zen 4, going by the imagery shown during the event, is due before or during 2022 and that will be moving to a 5nm process.

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.

We will get more information for the AMD Radeon 6000 series on October 28 with their next planned event. Update: see more on the Radeon 6000 series in this later article.

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barotto 8 Oct, 2020
So now Intel is the new value option? How the turntables...
Valck 8 Oct, 2020
Mildly interesting if there were an 8-core 5700X with 65W TDP... I specifically chose the 3700X for its comparatively low power rating, while still having eight cores.

On the other hand, I'd need a new main board for that, which pushes the price even higher, on top of the inconvenience of having to replace what amounts to every system component, instead of just removing fan, heat sink, and CPU.

Considering the Ryzen 5000 series should really have been the 4000s before the marketing managers came in, I guess I'm simply continuing the pattern of skipping every other generation :)
Avehicle7887 8 Oct, 2020
These new CPU's would probably be a big upgrade for my 1700X, however my B350 motherboard won't support them so getting a B550 + 5800X would present quite the expense. I'll wait for the new GPU's first though, been waiting for a good AMD alternative to getting rid of my 2060S.
mylka 8 Oct, 2020
i am glad i got my 3700X a few month ago... imho these prices are very expensive
for 300 you only got 6 cores now.... wtf

it only would make sense if the 6core outperforms my 8core at 16 threads load, but i highly doubt it
The_Aquabat 8 Oct, 2020
Asus updated their bioses of almost their entire b450 lineup to support this new cpus

Last edited by The_Aquabat on 8 October 2020 at 11:05 pm UTC
Dorrit 8 Oct, 2020
Quoting: WJMazepasI have a Ryzen 7 2700 and honestly i dont see reason for upgrading now.
sketch 9 Oct, 2020
cool stuff! But CPU is the one thing i switch only every 6 years or so... Gpus i switch more often. My Ryzen 7 2700 is still overkill. I will try to do big navi, cpus maybe in 5 years.
ElectricPrism 9 Oct, 2020
Is this Socket AM5?
Shmerl 9 Oct, 2020
Quoting: ElectricPrismIs this Socket AM5?

It's the same AM4.

Last edited by Shmerl on 9 October 2020 at 1:30 am UTC
The_Aquabat 9 Oct, 2020

QuoteHexus tested the $700 GeForce RTX 3080 in Gears 5 and Borderlands 3 using the same visual presets as AMD did with this Radeon RX 6000 preview, on AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X. The RTX 3080 hit 59.4fps in Borderlands 3, compared to the Radeon RX 6000’s 61fps in this preview. In Gears 5, the RTX 3080 hit 77fps, compared to the Radeon RX 6000’s 73fps. The processor makes a difference, though, because in Eurogamer’s GeForce RTX 3080 review with a Core i9-10900K, Nvidia’s card hit 65fps in Borderlands, and 80fps in Gears 5. (The Call of Duty game lacks a standardized benchmark, so you can’t compare AMD’s results against other tests, as two wildly different scenes could be used.)

That seemingly puts AMD’s upcoming card neck-and-neck with Nvidia’s staggeringly powerful gaming flagship, depending on the processor it’s paired with. That’s damned impressive—but it’s important to understand what AMD didn’t reveal today, too.
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