AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors: Things You Need to Know

AMD Ryzen 5000

The devastating loss of Intel’s performance leadership in gaming leaves a void that won’t be easy to fill for many of us.

4 CPUs were launched on 5 November by AMD. The Ryzen 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X, and the Ryzen 7 5800X And wait, where’s our 5600X? Well, there’s one of those too.

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So I have rounded up everything AMD Ryzen 5000 right here.

AMD announced the Ryzen 5000 series of processors based on the Zen 3 architecture in October 2020. This new family of desktop-class CPUs is the successor to the previous 3000 series, offering additional performance with a core redesign and yet more efficiencies to really ramp up the pressure on Intel.

Now getting right to business. When compared against our Ryzen 3000 Series chips, it’s clear that in games, there is a major performance advantage with the 5000 Series.

In fact, that advantage tends to hover around 20%, extremely close to AMD’s claimed 19% instructions per clock performance uplift. And this is especially true in notoriously CPU-bound games like Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. The same goes for GTA V, CS GO, even Civilization VI has turn times that are roughly five seconds faster.

Doesn’t matter what game it is, the Ryzen 5000 Series is significantly faster compared to the last-gen. But none of this is a surprise. I mean, obviously, AMD wouldn’t release a new product if it was worse than their old one.

Even the Ryzen 5 5600X, a CPU that costs 300 U.S. dollars beat every single one of Intel’s CPUs, more often than it lost. And where it did lose, it was within a few percentage points. These are all games that are traditionally CPU-bound and would you look at that performance in CS GO? That is over 200 more frames per second.

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Productivity is Ryzen’s traditional stomping ground and well Look at these single-threaded Cinebench scores.

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But which processor is right for you? I’ve rounded up the SKUs in this handy specifications table.

Ryzen 5 5600XRyzen 7 5800XRyzen 9 5900XRyzen 9 5950X
ArchitectureZen 3Zen 3Zen 3Zen 3
Base Speed3.7GHz3.8GHz3.7GHz3.4GHz
Boost Speed4.6GHz4.7GHz4.8GHz4.9GHz

Meet the new AMD Ryzen 5000G APUs

AMD followed up its standard Ryzen 5000-series desktop CPUs with the launch of its 5000 G-series APUs in April 2021. These chips come complete with integrated graphics baked right in, allowing you to get the full PC experience without a discrete graphics card.

They’re built using the same 7nm process and Zen 3 architecture, with AMD’s Radeon graphics. They’re a successor to the previous 4000G chips.

While the 4000G APUs didn’t actually see a retail release — meaning they were available only in OEM systems — the 5000G APUs are now expected to launch for everyone on Aug. 5 after enjoying a short run exclusively in OEM systems.

While there were six 5000G APUs initially launched, it appears that only two will be making the move to a retail release: the Ryzen 5 5600G and Ryzen 7 5700G.

CategoryRyzen 5 5600GRyzen 7 5700G
ArchitectureZen 3Zen 3
GraphicsRadeon Vega 7Radeon Vega 8
Base clock3.9GHz3.8GHz
Boost clock4.4GHz4.6GHz
GPU clock1.9GHz2.0GHz
CoolerWraith StealthWraith Stealth

The main differences between the 5000 and 5000G APUs, aside from the integrated graphics, involve PCIe support and frequencies. The 5000G chips are capped at PCIe 3.0, whereas the standard 5000 CPUs offer PCIe 4.0 support.

There’s also a matter of the boost clocks being a bit lower in the 5000G chips. While the Ryzen 5 5600G and Ryzen 5 5600X have the same 65W TDP, the Ryzen 7 5600G has a lower 65W TDP compared to the 105W TDP in the Ryzen 7 5800X.

Which motherboards work with AMD Ryzen 5000 processors?

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As for compatibility, AMD says that Ryzen 5000 CPUs will be compatible with motherboards using 400 Series chipsets as well as the recommended 500 Series chipsets.

All that’s required in some cases is a BIOS update, which should be applied before installing the new processor in order to use one of these new Zen 3 CPUs in an older board.

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And unfortunately for early adopters and thrift seekers, 300 Series motherboards are officially unsupported.

Makes sense, I guess. I mean, early 1st Gen Ryzen boards had some issues and they can’t guarantee anything at this point and frankly, AMD has still done pretty okay with intergenerational compatibility for the most part, especially compared to Intel’s hard and fast two generations of CPU, two generations of boards, and then you’re done.

The bottom line then, if Ryzen 3000 was Ryzen matured, Ryzen 5000 is a continuation of that.

I mean, we experienced no weird stability issues even right at launch and it also marks AMD’s return to the upper echelon of desktop CPU performance.

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