Today AMD has launched their new Zen 3 based Ryzen 5000 processors. This includes the flagship Ryzen 9 5950X processor.
First up before you grab a new Ryzen 5000 series processor, make sure you have the latest BIOS for the B550 and X570 platforms.
Zen 3 has a lot of changes designed to improve performance. The L3 cache has been redesigned so now the full 32MB is available for any core which boosts single core performance. Zen 2 is made with each CCX unit having a 16MB L3 cache.
|R9 5950X||16/32||3.4 GHz||4.9 GHz||72 MB||105 W||$799|
|R9 5900X||12/24||3.7 GHz||4.8 GHz||70 MB||105 W||$549|
|R7 5800X||8/16||3.8 GHz||4.7 GHz||36 MB||105 W||$449|
|R5 5600X||6/12||3.7 GHz||4.6 GHz||35 MB||65 W||$299|
The price of the Zen 3 processors are about $50 more than Zen 2 processors. The difference this time around is that, because AMD is claiming it has the best performance on the market, it can now charge that slight premium but still offer a more compelling product.
Probably the biggest improvement is in select games that are more CPU bound. The R9 5900X can improve several games generally. League of Legends gained 50% frames per second while CSGO agained 46%.
The opportunist overclocking feature seen in video cards and processors is a big benefit for gaming. With better cooling the hardware can run faster. AMD is now adopting the feature which will bode well for gaming looking forward.