AMD Zen 3 offers more performance without extra power

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On Wednesday evening Dr Lisa Su along with the rest of Team Red at AMD revealed the forthcoming AMD Ryzen 5000 processors based on the firm’s Zen 3 architecture.

There are four products in the stack with a 16 core CPU at the top of the pops and a six core processor coming in at the entry level. All of the Ryzen 5000 processors will be available globally on 5th November.

You can see a break down of the product stack below.

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SKU Cores/Threads TDP Base Freq Boost Freq Cooler US Price
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6C/12T 65W 3.7GHz 4.6GHz Wraith Stealth $299
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8C/16T 105W 3.8GHz 4.7GHz None $449
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12C/24T 105W 3.7GHz 4.8GHz None $549
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16C/32T 105W 3.4GHz 4.9GHz None $749


While AMD is still clearly struggling to bust through that 5GHz mark here, what is interesting is that AMD is claiming better performance with Ryzen 5000 chips compared to the previous generation, without needing to draw more power.

This is partly due to the Zen 3 architecture which gives all eight cores on a chiplet access to the 32MB of L3 cache. This, AMD claims, leads to lower memory latency and translates into better performance.

Overall, AMD is claiming a 19 percent average improvement in instructions per clock. This is an average across 25 real-world and synthetic benchmarks.

Ryzen 9 5900X vs Intel Core i9-10900K at 1080p, high preset.

As for gaming, well, Intel best have a something big planned.

AMD beats Team Blue in all but one gaming benchmark and in titles which are heavily dependent on CPU performance such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, AMD comes out on top.

Of course, this was a marketing presentation so we’d have to see this performance for ourselves before calling this a win. It sure does look promising though.

As for mainboards, if you happen to be running an AMD 500 Series chipset motherboard you will receive a BIOS update with AGESA ahead of launch. We must advise against installing this update until the new CPU is in your possession lest the new update makes your current CPU unusable.

For AMD 400 series chipsets, you’ll have to wait until January 2021 for a BIOS update so if you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on a B550 or X570 motherboard, it’s time to start weighing up your options.

There is no support for the AMD 300 chipset unfortunately.

We now await the Radeon RX 6000 announcement happening on 28th October and AMD gave us a bit of a teaser with claims that an RX 6000 paired with a Ryzen 9 5950X was hitting above 60fps at 4K resolutions.

With all of this in mind, we sure are feeling that PC building itch again.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.