AMD officially unveiled its Ryzen 5000 processors at an online event, highlighting the capabilities of these new processors, with CEO Lisa Su saying that "the game starts with AMD".

The first Ryzen 5000 CPU that AMD showed was the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, the flagship processor, which will come with 12 cores, 24 threads and a boost of 4.8 GHz. It will have a 105 W TDP.

Players can expect an average performance improvement of 26% to 1080p, compared to the AMD Ryzen 3900XT, according to the company. Zen 3 is the name of the architecture on which AMD Ryzen 5000 processors will be based.

With a significant 19% increase in CPI over the previous generation of PC workloads, the "Zen 3" architecture pushes game performance and content creation leadership to a new level. The "Zen 3" architecture reduces latency from accelerated core and cache communications and doubles the L3 cache that can be accessed directly per core, delivering performance per watt up to 2.8 times faster than Intel.

The top model AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core offers:

  • The highest single-threaded performance of any desktop gaming processor.
  • The most multi-core performance of any desktop gaming processor and any desktop processor in a mainstream CPU socket.

The 12-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900X offers the best gaming experience with:

  • Average 7% faster in 1080p games on selected game titles than Intel.
  • On average 26% faster in 1080p games on some generational titles.

AMD Ryzen Series 5000 Series AMD Desktop Processor lineup and availability

Freq. (GHz)
Cooler SEP,
AMD Ryzen™ 9 5950X 16C/32T 105W Up to 4.9 / 3.4 72MB N/A $799
AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900X 12C/24T 105W Up to 4.8 / 3.7 70MB N/A $549
AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800X 8C/16T 105W Up to 4.7 / 3.8 36MB N/A $449
AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600X 6C/12T 65W Up to 4.6 / 3.7 35MB Wraith Stealth, New $299


The AMD 500 series motherboards are ready for AMD Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors with a simple BIOS update. This extensive ecosystem support and readiness includes over 100 AMD 500 series listings from all leading motherboard manufacturers. The AMD Ryzen series 5000 desktop processors announced today are expected to be available for purchase globally on November 5th, 2020.