AMD Zen 3 officially arrives with the Ryzen 5000 series

AMD’s latest Zen architecture is now official and the newest desktop processor line up from AMD has been detailed. The live stream featured CEO Lisa Su, CTO Mark Papermaster, and Director of Technical Marketing Robert Hallock.

Zen 3 will launch under the Ryzen 5000 series and will offer the biggest IPC improvements since Zen launched. Zen 3 will also offer higher boost clocks, a new core layout, new cache topology and is more efficient compared to Zen 2.

The IPC (instructions per clock) is up 19-percent compared to Zen 2. We also have a new L3 cache layout. Instead of the split 32MB into 2 x 16MB with Zen 2, we now have a total 32MB l3 cache that all cores have direct access. This will provide better gaming performance for titles that are heavy on single cores; which can now take full advantage of 32MB l3 cache.

Game performance was a big deal for AMD and was mentioned quite a few times during the stream. AMD are happy to repeatedly state that they are now offering the best single threaded performance which goes well with now also offering the best gaming performance.

The Zen 3 launch includes 4 new processers that will arrive on November 5th. Below is a breakdown of the line-up. We have a 6-Core/12-Thread starting at $299 with included Wrath Stealth heatsink. The top of the range is the 5950x with 16-core/32thread clocked at 4.9Ghz and a price tag of $799.

AMD Ryzen™ 9 5950X16C/32T105WUp to 4.9 / 3.472MBN/A$799
AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900X12C/24T105WUp to 4.8 / 3.770MBN/A$549
AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800X8C/16T105WUp to 4.7 / 3.836MBN/A$449
AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600X6C/12T65WUp to 4.6 / 3.735MBWraith Stealth$299

We hope to see some benchmarks soon and no doubt before the launch of Zen 3, but it looks pretty clear that AMD aren’t slowing down and still want to push their processors more and more and this competition is only good for consumers. You can check out the announcement video below.

AMD also have their Radeon event set for October 28th and we got a small glimpse into the Radeon 6000 series GPU’s.

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