Intel’s 11th-gen “Rocket Lake S” desktop processors may be coming early next year. But rival AMD’s newest desktop chips are coming next month.

The company has unveiled four new Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors with prices ranging from $299 to $799 and the promise of major improvements in single-core performance, multi-threaded performance, and energy efficiency.

The new chips are also the first CPUs to feature the company’s new Zen 3 CPU core architecture.

Here’s a preview of the launch lineup:

Cores / ThreadsBase / Boost freqCacheTDPPrice
Ryzen 5 5600X6 / 123.7 GHz / 4.6 GHz35MB65W$299
Ryzen 7 5800X8 / 163.8 GHz / 4.7 GHz36MB105W$449
Ryzen 9 5900X12 / 243.7 GHz / 4.8 GHz70MB105W$549
Ryzen 9 5950X16 / 32Up to 4.9 GHz Boost72MB105W$799

The new chips are 7nm processors with a new core layout for better communication between cores, reduced memory latency for gaming, and a 19-percent boost in instructions per clock as well as up to a 24-percent improvement in energy efficiency for up to a 24-percent boost in performance per watt when compared with the Ryzen 3000 line of desktop processors.

Up until recently, AMD’s desktop chips have held the lead in multi-threaded CPU performance while Intel processors had an edge in single-core performance. But AMD says it’s improved its single-core performance enough that its Ryzen 9 5900X processor can get a single-threaded score of 631 in Cinebench, while the Ryzen 9 5950X can snag a score of 640.

That would indeed put them at the top of the charts. But for now we’ve only got AMD’s word to go on. We won’t have long to wait for independent testing though, with the chips set to hit the streets in less than a month.

press release

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9 replies on “AMD Zen 3 desktop chips coming Nov 5 for $299 and up (Ryzen 5000)”

  1. Is it just me, but on the photo with him standing on stage in front of the the large ZEN 3 graphic, it appears as though he’s in ballet slippers and on point.

  2. Behold the magic of IPC:

    4.7 GHz on 5800X ≈ 5.6GHz on 3800X

    Better now? But wait! There’s more…

    Bonus round:

    4.7 GHz on 5800X ≈ 6.4GHz on 2700X

    Final death:

    4.7 GHz on 5800X ≈ 5.0 GHz on Willow Cove/Tiger Lake/Rocket Lake

    1. And for grins and giggles:

      Kicking a dead horse:

      4.7 GHz on 5800X ≈ 6.1 GHz on Skylake

  3. These prices are substantially higher than those for 4000 series processors, aren’t they? Does anyone have any better idea of when they will be sold to consumers than “eventually”? Does that translate into a quarter of next year?

    1. AMD never released any 4000-series desktop CPUs in this class. They only released a line of APUs with a “G” and “GE” suffix.

      These CPUs (with the “X” suffix) are more high performance. If you compare them to the 3000-series “X” series CPUs, they seem close in price, but some of the 5000X models are priced a little higher.

      However I wouldn’t take these prices as truth yet. The market is so competitive right now that I wouldn’t be surprised if Intel does something to cause AMD to adjust prices before launch.

      1. I meant 3000-series. I am interested in the 4000 series chips — are they three months from general release? Six?

        1. I highly doubt they’re planning on releasing any other 4000-series chips in that specific segment. No tech company would ever announce pricing for a product when its successor is still pending release, it would kill sales.

          Even aside from that, AMD doesn’t have a new microarchitecture for the 4000-series. Both 3000 and 4000 are Zen 2. I think the 4000 series is just AMD’s name for chips that were a late arrival, and they didn’t want to make it seem like they were “old tech”.

    2. As with all new silicon, it should be just soon enough that you’ll feel uncomfortable upgrading to anything available now.
      That’s Marketing’s intent anyway.

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