Meet the new AMD Ryzen 5000 processors

For gamers and creators looking for a power upgrade.

18 Dec 2020

Into gaming or creating content on your computer? Then admit it - you’re greedy for power! Because power is what you need to play the latest games, design buildings or crunch loads of complex data.

So, you’ll be pleased to hear that the AMD Ryzen 5000 series has landed. These new desktop processors have seriously impressive specs, designed to supercharge everything you do. Here’s all you need to know


How many processors are in the AMD Ryzen 5000 series?

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series features four all-new processors, led by the high-end AMD Ryzen 9 5950X with 16 cores and 32 threads. Here are the key specs for each one:

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor
12 thread
4.6GHz boost

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor
16 thread
4.7GHz boost

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor
24 thread
4.8GHz boost

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor
32 thread
4.9GHz boost

So, what exactly do those numbers mean?

Cores are individual processors that can carry out tasks independently. The more cores you have, the more tasks you can do at one time. Threads manage the tasks and speed things up, and the GHz boost can also increase CPU speeds. The bigger the number, the more speed and power your processor is capable of producing!

What’s so special about these Ryzen 5000 processors?

The new Ryzen 5000 processors have been created using Zen 3 architecture. It’s a complete redesign of the Ryzen family, and brings the biggest end-to-end improvements between generations we’ve ever seen.

For starters, it delivers a huge improvement in IPC (instructions per clock), and manages to squeeze out an additional 19% performance from every MHz compared with previous generations. The Zen 3 overhaul also means much lower latency, making games even more responsive. If you’re upgrading from the Ryzen 3000 series to the 5000 series, your average 1080p gaming performance will be boosted by 26%.


Which Ryzen 5000 processor is right for me?

Which one of these processors is best for you? It all depends what you're into.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor

If you spend most of the time on your PC playing games and browsing through the web, this six-core processor is the one for you. It’s got more than enough power for you to breeze through everything.
Buy the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor


AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor

This one’s for all you dedicated gamers. The eight cores are optimised for high-FPS gaming rigs, so you can play with the perfect settings and resolution to lead your team to victory (or be the last man standing).
Buy the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor


AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor

The AMD Ryzen 5900X is the ultimate processor for pro-level gamers and creators. With 12 cores and 24 threads it can handle the most complex games around - and it also packs enough power to help creators produce videos, animations and loads more. The only limit… your imagination!
Buy the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor


AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor

If you’re a creator, you’ll be able to power through all those intensive multithreaded tasks like video rendering and 3D rendering by taking advantage of 16 cores and 32 threads. If you’re a gamer… meet the best processor in the world for PC gaming (according to lab tests carried out by AMD).
Buy the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor


Are Ryzen 5000 processors easy to install?

Absolutely. In fact, configuring and customising your rig has never been easier. These processors can be dropped into any AMD 500 Series motherboard, and after a simple BIOS update you’re good to go.

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