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.

Benchmark Comparison

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X  VSAMD Ryzen 9 3900XTIntel Core i9-10900K 
League of Legends5021
DOTA 2246
F1 2019246
Battlefield V5-3
Total War Three Kingdoms61
Shadow of Tomb Raider286
Far Cry New Dawn222
Ashes of Singularity195
Average 25.76.8

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

AMDCores ThreadsBase/TurboL3 CacheTDPMSRPPrice rise %
Ryzen 9 5950X16c/32t3400 / 490064 MB105 W$7996.70%
Ryzen 9 5900X12c/24t3700 / 480064 MB105 W$54910%
Ryzen 7 5800X8c/16t3800 / 470032 MB105 W$44912.50%
Ryzen 5 5600X6c/12t3700 / 460032 MB65 W$29920%

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

Last update on 2021-02-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API