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AMD shows some Ryzen 5000 series benchmark results

by on09 October 2020

Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 5950X take the lead

In addition to announcing the first four Ryzen 5000 series SKUs that will hit the market on November 5th, AMD also revealed some benchmark results for the Ryzen 9 5900X and the flagship Ryzen 9 5950X.

As reported earlier, AMD has announced its new Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 series desktop CPUs, including the Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X, and the new flagship, the Ryzen 9 5950X. With a total IPC gain of 19 percent over the last generation and several architecture improvements coming from Zen 3, the new Ryzen 5000 series desktop CPUs are also quite efficient, with 2.4x performance per Watt improvements over the Zen 2 based CPUs (Ryzen 9 3900XT vs Ryzen 9 5900XT), and 2.8x higher efficiency compared to the Core i9-10900K.

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Improvements brought higher performance across all applications and games

The Zen 3 improvements and higher IPC brought significant improvements in all applications and games, at least according to AMD's own slides.

In various games at 1080p resolution and high image quality preset, the new Ryzen 5 5900X is anywhere from five to 50 percent faster than the Ryzen 9 3900XT.

When the same CPU is compared to Intel's Core i9-10900K, the new Ryzen 5 5900X trails ahead with a one to 21 percent increase. The Core i9-10900K is only faster by three percent in Battlefield V.

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Although the Ryzen 9 5900X is a bit pricier than the Core i9-10900K ($549 vs. $529), AMD claims that the performance per dollar is higher, with 13 percent in single-thread performance, 23 percent in multi-thread performance, and three percent in 1080p gaming performance.

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The same thing goes for the Ryzen 7 5800X, which compared to the Core i7-10700K ($449 vs. $409), offers similar 1080p gaming performance but higher single- and multi-thread performance per dollar. The Ryzen 5 5600X will probably be the most interesting one as it is priced at $299, and when compared to the $299-pirced Core i5-10600K, it offers significant performance per buck gain.

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The Ryzen 9 5950X sits on the single-threaded throne

As reported earlier, Ryzen 9 5950X is the new Cinebench R20 single-thread performance king, with a score of 631 points, and it is actually the first desktop CPU to break the 600 point mark.

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When compared to the previously available Zen 2-based Ryzen 9 3950X CPU, the new Ryzen 9 5950X flagship CPU offers decent performance uplift in both content, from five to 27 percent, and gaming performance, from 13 to 29 percent, in AMD picked applications and games.

When compared to Intel's current flagship, the Core i9-10900K, the same AMD flagship is anywhere from 6 to 59 percent faster in content applications, and anywhere from zero to 11 percent faster in gaming performance, all at $799. Of course, the Core i9-10900K is now a cool $250 cheaper ($549 on

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AMD is certainly pushing hard to the market with its new Ryzen 5000 series desktop CPUs and offers more cores, better TDP at 105W, and higher performance across the board, but such high prices were a bit of a surprise.

Of course, we can't wait to see the full set of benchmarks on November 5th when AMD's new Ryzen 5000 series desktop CPUs become available.


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