It has been an exciting time for PC gamers recently, the new RTX 3000 series has shaken up the GPU market (if you can buy one), now AMD Zen 3 is here, and in a few weeks Radeon RX 6000.
The Ryzen series of CPUs has been an amazing turning point for AMD, winning back a large percentage of the market share and the go-to option for people looking for the best bang for their buck.
However, Intel has always had one big selling point; their CPUs are better for gaming.
AMD state Ryzen 9 5900X is the star of the show
This may change with the launch of the AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors, AMD is claiming a 19% raw increase in performance-per-clock.
Then for gaming, AMD state Ryzen 9 5900X can deliver a 26% performance boost in CPU-limited games on average when compared to the recently launched Ryzen 9 3900XT.
AMD's internal benchmarking process also claim that the Ryzen 9 5900X has an advantage compared to the Intel Core i9-10900K in the vast majority of games.
We have seen claims like this before with earlier Ryzen launches; however, previously they often cited CS:GO performance, something they perform particularly well in. This is still used, showing a 19% gain over the 10900K, they have then tested against 9 other games, many of which also offer a gain over the Intel CPU.
|AMD Ryzen 9 5900X VS||AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT||Intel Core i9-10900K|
|League of Legends||50||21|
|Total War Three Kingdoms||6||1|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider||28||6|
|Far Cry New Dawn||22||2|
|Ashes of Singularity||19||5|
No doubt AMD were selective on the games they chose, adding in Battlefield V so they don't look too bias, but a performance advantage in 9 games out of 10 does look very promising. The average performance advantage across all ten games amounts to 6.8%.
CPU lineup and pricing
|AMD||Cores Threads||Base/Turbo||L3 Cache||TDP||MSRP||Price rise %|
|Ryzen 9 5950X||16c/32t||3400 / 4900||64 MB||105 W||$799||6.70%|
|Ryzen 9 5900X||12c/24t||3700 / 4800||64 MB||105 W||$549||10%|
|Ryzen 7 5800X||8c/16t||3800 / 4700||32 MB||105 W||$449||12.50%|
|Ryzen 5 5600X||6c/12t||3700 / 4600||32 MB||65 W||$299||20%|
Sadly, it is not all good news, AMD increased the price of the CPUs by $50, then all but the 5600X lack a supplied cooler.
The lack of a Wraith cooler is not a massive issue, the 3950X and 3900XT already come without one, and it's unlikely you will spend £500 on a CPU then slap on a stock cooler, but it's nice to have a backup.
The $50 price hike across the board is a bit of a concern. For the top of the range $799 Ryzen 9 5950X this represents a 6.7% price change, but at the bottom of the range, the Ryzen 5 5600X has seen a 20% price rise.
My maths isn't amazing, but with claims like a 19% performance increase, the performance per dollar is effectively being reduced on the Ryzen 5 5600X, with a negligible gain on the 5800X.
However, in comparison to Intel, you should hopefully be seeing a better price/performance ratio. In the UK the Intel Core i9 10900K is £550, and the Ryzen 9 5900X should launch for around £500
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