summarizes today's AMD Zen 3 announcement of the Ryzen 5000,
saying this promises 19% better instruction per cycle throughput and "1080p
gaming dominance." In their
All We Know post
they say these will first be available starting November
5th: "The first four new Ryzen 5000 models come as chips for the desktop PC, and
they stretch from the $299 Ryzen 5 5600X up to the $799 Ryzen 9 5950X. The chips
will be on shelves on November 5th." Here's word:
dominance of the desktop PC market. That was AMD's long-term goal when it first
began working on the Zen architecture nine years ago, and it took an unrelenting
cadence of optimizations to realize that goal. AMD claims it has finally
achieved that ambitious goal with the 7nm Ryzen 5000 processors that come with
the Zen 3 microarchitecture. AMD says the Ryzen 5000 processors finally beat
Intel in its last bastion — 1080p gaming — while maintaining Ryzen's existing
lead in basically every other metric. The four new Ryzen 5000 models, which
stretch from the $299 Ryzen 5 5600X up to the $799 Ryzen 9 5950X, arrive at
retail on November 5th.
AMD touts its Zen 3 chips as having market-leading single-threaded performance,
which comes courtesy of an overall 19% uplift to IPC (instruction per cycle)
throughput. Combined with the optimized 7nm process that wrings out a 4.9 GHz
boost from the flagship Ryzen 5000 'Vermeer' chips, it looks like AMD has
finally swung the pendulum entirely in its favor. If AMD's benchmarks prove true
in our testing, we'll have a new king at the top of the CPU benchmarks hierarchy
and will be making changes to our list of Best CPUs soon.
AMD says it took a ground-up redesign of the Zen microarchitecture (we'll cover
the details below) to deliver the big IPC gains, and pairing that with higher
peak clock speeds delivers stunning performance improvements over AMD's
previous-gen Ryzen models, not to mention Intel's Comet Lake chips.
AMD claims the Ryzen 5000 chips are now faster than Intel in gaming,
single-threaded, and multi-threaded performance while also providing leading
performance-per-dollar and up to 2.8X better power efficiency than Comet Lake.
That covers all the bases, and the chips also offer backward compatibility with
existing 500- and 400-series chipsets, meaning they'll offer a relatively
inexpensive path for drop-in upgraders.