Ryzen 5000, all the news and a first taste of the Radeon 6000

Ryzen 5000, all the news and a first taste of the Radeon 6000
The awaited AMD conference dedicated to the new Zen 3 processors, presented by the unstoppable Lisa Su, has given us several confirmations, starting with the change of nomenclature which, unlike what happened with the previous series, does not take up the number 4000 from the recent Ryzen with integrated graphics, but marks the birth of the new Ryzen 5000 series making it clear that we are talking about a significant leap in performance.

An important leap in performance

The new Ryzen, compatible with 500 series motherboards that seem destined to remain in the field and with some models of the 400 series, inevitably share much of the technology with the CPUs of the previous architecture, including the 7 nanometer production process, the obvious PCIe 4.0 interface and the maximum number of cores and threads compared to similar models of the 3000 series. But the evolution still involves a significant increase in efficiency which, at least according to AMD, has come to 2.8 times that of the competition's flagship CPU. It is also good to keep in mind that the Zen 3 series is not a simple upgrade but the result of a redesign that includes important changes including the transition to CCX from 8 cores instead of 4. This means that the 6 and 8 core models have a only CCX (or Core Complex) with obvious advantages for latencies, while those from 12 and 16 go from 4 to two CCX, however benefiting from the change that also involves a move from 16 to 32 MB of unified L3 cache for each CCX. Among other things, there is talk of direct access to the L3 cache and a new Zero Bubble technology dedicated to branch prediction for processors that promise an increase in IPC of 19%. We are therefore above the 17% promised initially and close to the 20% indicated by the rumors that have also been confirmed by the increase in the boost clock first responsible for a net performance increase that according to internal tests guarantees a net jump, allowing the Ryzen 9 5900X, heir to 12 cores and 24 threads of the 3900X, to exceed a 10900K not only in rendering, with a peak of 59% more in V-Ray, but also in gaming, obviously in 1080p where the CPU brake is still relevant. br>
In the games chosen by AMD the 5900 advantage over the Intel flagship CPU ranging from 5 to 11% in titles such as PUBG, Far Cry Down and Shadow of The Tomb Raider. Not a disarming difference, excluding League of Legends with a + 21% and CS: GO with a + 19%, but a net increase compared to the 3900X, excluding Total War Three Kingdoms, with a 6% which is worth a negligible advantage over the 10900K, and Battlefield V which sees AMD announce the difference in the negative, probably to also give a touch of credibility to the tests, in Battlefield V, 3% faster with the Intel CPU. But in the case of Shadow of the Tomb Raider we are talking about a 28% on the Ryzen 9 3900X, with an increase of 40fps compared to the predecessor which indicates a clear change, even in some titles where the AMD processors had some difficulties such as League of Legends, where the performance gain reaches as much as 50%, and CS: GO which marks a starting point of 46%. Enough to make us anxious to get our hands on the first models, coming in November, of a series that promises a lot. Of course, the numbers will have to be confirmed in the review, but the preamble is undoubtedly interesting despite an increase of $ 50 from model to model. On the other hand we are talking about a peak, again for the Ryzen 9 5900X, of 631 points in the Cinebench single thread test which highlights an important leap where the Ryzen 3000 CPUs, strong in multi-thread, still had some problems.

Ryzen 5000 Series Launch Models

The four models do not include a Ryzen 7 5700, a Ryzen 7 5700X or even a Ryzen 5 3600, but we bet that at least the latter will arrive at a later date . Instead, it seems to complete the high-end range with the throne that touches the Ryzen 9 5950X, a processor with 16 cores and 32 threads that while maintaining the same 105W TDP of its direct predecessor touches the highest boost frequency, with 4.9 GHz, resulting in a total of 72 MB of L3 cache. It then touches 5 GHz but costs $ 799 and winks at the High End PC segment, leaving the task of clashing with the competition to the Ryzen 9 3900X, the model with 12 cores and 24 threads that, destined to cost $ 549, it reaches up to 4.8 GHz. It thus gains 200 MHz compared to its predecessor but like the 5950X it loses 100 MHz from the base frequency, probably for efficiency reasons. Both CPUs maintain 105W of maximum TDP, like previous models and like the Ryzen 5 5800X even if this is satisfied with 8 cores and 16 threads with 4.7 GHz of boost. But it has the advantage of having only one CCX and costing $ 449 making it a potential go-to choice for those looking for the ultimate in gaming but don't need monstrous computing power. Among other things, the number of cores and threads is the same as the new generation consoles and it is possible that it will become the standard for the development of certain types of games that use the CPU more than others.

Core / Thread Model Base Clock TDP Boost Clock Price Ryzen 9 5950X 16/32 3.4 GHz 4.9 GHz 105 W $ 799 Ryzen 9 5900X 12/24 3.7 GHz 4.8 GHz 105 W $ 549 Ryzen 7 5800X 8/16 3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 105 W $ 449 Ryzen 5 5600X 6/12 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 65 W $ 299

The 6 cores and 12 threads of the Ryzen 5 5600X all fit into a single CCX, but in this case the frequency stops at 4.6 GHz of boost and while it is 200 MHz higher than that of the Ryzen 5 3600X, it is also 100MHz lower. But in this case the effect on efficiency is more pronounced. The TDP in fact goes from 95W to 65W for what could be, by virtue of the price, one of the most interesting models for the average PC player, at least until the arrival of the Ryzen 5 3600. Like the higher models, however, it is more expensive than 50 dollars of its predecessor, losing in convenience.

Sure, the price increase makes sense considering the performance jump and the use of the same chipset as the previous series, with motherboards in circulation probably destined to become cheaper, but seeing a turnaround in prices isn't pleasant, just as the PC is experiencing one of its best times ever. But AMD leverages this and the success of the Ryzen 3000 to sink its teeth into the market and increase dividends at a time that is undoubtedly propitious. On the other hand, it must prepare to face heavy counteroffensives from massive and dangerous enemies such as Intel, a titan that is also moving in the field of GPUs, and NVIDIA, which suddenly entered the world of CPUs with the purchase of ARM. Better to cash out quickly, therefore, showing confidence in your products that can be lowered in price at any time.

Radeon Big Navi, a taste of the new series of AMD GPUs

We expect prices instead aggressive, also by virtue of the numerous rumors, in the case of the new RDNA 2 GPUs which had a small space at the end of the presentation of the Ryzen 5000. Lisa Su showed the card, although she had already allowed us to view it through images and three-dimensional models , also letting us glimpse a handful of 4K benchmarks that are quite interesting. In the case of Borderlands 3 and Gears of War 5 they are in fact slightly below the average of the RTX 3080 and seem to revolve around the NVIDIA card, perhaps surpassing it, in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. Enough to give us confirmation of that declaration that the Radeon gave RX 6900 XT within a stone's throw of the consumer flagship of the GeForce RTX series, despite a price tag that could be as low as $ 599. Even here, however, it must be said that we are talking about three games, we do not know what are the ray tracing capabilities of the new Radeon and NVIDIA can count on technologies such as DLSS 2.0 that gives it a nice advantage. But the 88fps in 4K in Call od Duty: Modern Warfare impressed us without a doubt and we can't wait for October 28 to find out more.

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