Since AMD launched its first Ryzen processor in 2017, the company has been going from strength to strength. Not content with playing second fiddle to its rival Intel anymore, the company headed by Lisa Su now offers a strong alternative when it comes to gaming.
Actually, AMD is now gearing up to release its most powerful processors to date. A new line of Ryzen 5000 CPUs will be hitting retailers on November 5 this year, which include the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X and 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X. There’s also the Ryzen 7 5800X, an 8-core processor, and the Ryzen 5 5600X, which boasts 6 cores.
But it’s the Ryzen 9 processors that gaming enthusiasts will be after this fall, which are priced at $799 US dollars (Ryzen 9 5950X) and at $549 (Ryzen 9 5900X).
This is because the most recent benchmarks for both processors (which have leaked out in the Geekbench database) show a big jump in performance, as was recently reported on wccftech.com.
The Ryzen 9 5950X benchmark was run on an ASUS motherboard equipped with 16 GB of memory. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 9 5900X benchmark was run on an MSI motherboard equipped with the same amount of memory, but running at a lower speed (3866 MHz vs 3600 MHz).
Regarding the Ryzen 9 5950X test results, AMD’s processor got a single-core score of 1575, and a multi-core score of 13605. The Ryzen 9 5900X scored 1605 points in the single-core test and 12869 points in the multi-core test. Both processors were running at about 5 GHz in the Geekbench 5 tests, which surely is impressive.
Also noteworthy is the big jump in single core performance that these new AMD processors will offer according to these tests.
For instance, even the less powerful of the two chips (the Ryzen 5900X) outperforms Intel’s flagship i9-10900K. Its single-core performance is between 15 % to 20 % better according to these tests, and about 15 % faster in multi-core operations according to these tests.
This is significant because AMD processors have trailer Intel’s when it comes to single-core performance over the years. Also, PC Gamer has called the 10-core i9-10900K “the absolute best CPU for gaming”, but now it seems that AMD has a better offering in its hands, meaning the Ryzen 5900X or the Ryzen 5950X could became gamers’ CPU of choice from now on. Particularly the former could become a hit this fall taking into account that it’s priced lower than Intel’s i9-10900K.
But still, and despite the impressive performance AMD is promising with its new processors, Intel is still the market leader when it comes to the desktop processor market. The California-based company still holds more than 80 % of the market, and the Intel faithful won’t be so quick to switch.
Nonetheless, it’s clear AMD’s third-generation Ryzen processors are looking very good, and will likely end up in many people’s gaming rigs this year.
Ryzen chip graphic (Advanced Micro Devices)