AMD announces Ryzen 5000 CPUs available November 5

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AMD announced today the Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X, Ryzen 7 5800X, and Ryzen 5 5600X. Built on the Zen 3 architecture, the new Ryzen 5000 series processors may appear similar to their Ryzen 3000 counterparts on the surface, but in reality they hide a streamlined architecture that AMD is confident is ready to meet Intel in gaming.

AMD was promising a lot for gamers at this event, and it looks like it may deliver. Dr. Lisa Su has unveiled a brand new flagship chip for our gaming rigs today: the Ryzen 9 5950X. It promises to crush many a Cinebench record, but also use a healthy IPC (instructions per clock) bump to dominate in gaming too.

This is thanks to the Zen 3 architecture. It offers higher max boost clocks, an IPC uplift, new 8-core CCX layout, and improved cache topology. That all accounts for 26% performance uplift on average across games at 1080p, AMD says.

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AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs
CPURyzen 9 5950XRyzen 9 5900XRyzen 7 5800XRyzen 5 5600XRyzen 9 3950XRyzen 9 3900XTRyzen 7 3800XT
Base clock (GHz)
Boost clock (GHz)
L2 + L3 Cache72MB70MB36MB35MB72MB70MB32MB
Process nodeTSMC 7nmTSMC 7nmTSMC 7nmTSMC 7nmTSMC 7nmTSMC 7nmTSMC 7nm
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