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AMD's Ryzen 5000 is crushing the CPU opposition, but what can Intel do to fight back?

AMD unleashed its Zen 3 architecture on the world this week, and we've had a chance to push it through our benchmarking suite: with our reviews of the Ryzen 9 5900X and the Ryzen 7 5800X. We've also just taken delivery of the Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 5 5600X so you can expect reviews of those bad boys to drop shortly.

In the meantime, if you want to know what we think about AMD's update to its Zen architecture, then may I suggest you sit down in your most comfortable of chairs, throw another smokeless log on the fire, grab a glass of something warming, and listen to Alan and Dave from the PC Gamer hardware team discuss Zen 3's finer points. 

Just click that embedded video above and get cosy.

We discuss what's so exciting with the new architecture, where it performs best, which chips we're eyeing up for our next builds, and whether this is the chip that Batman would use for his own PCs. 

We then consider what this means for Intel, and whether Rocket Lake or Alder Lake has what it takes to come back swinging.

Alan has spent far too much of his life in World of Warcraft and playing Magic the Gathering to be a normal human being, which is why he has retreated to the warm embrace of gaming hardware.