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AMD Ryzen 5000 Review: The best consumer CPU we’ve ever seen

Many will see at the moment as an historic shift in computing energy. With its new Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs, AMD has lastly knocked Intel to the ground, and is elevating its boxing gloves in victory because the flash bulbs pop and the ref declares a winner. The headline takeaway: Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 5950X have trounced Intel’s Core i9.

The Ryzen 5000 chips utilizing AMD’s Zen Three cores are arguably the very best client desktop CPUs the world has ever seen. Ryzen 5000 merely provides no quarter to its Intel arch-nemesis in any single job. Heavy lifting multi-core work? AMD. Mild single-threaded duties? AMD. Gaming? AMD. PCIe AMD. No have to throw away your present motherboard? AMD.

The $800 Ryzen 9 5950Xand $550 Ryzen 9 5900Xhave so completely destroyed Core i9 that we’re nonetheless shocked by the severity of the sweep. However on the similar time, we actually shouldn’t be stunned, as this has been constructing ever since AMD first confirmed off its Zen core in Aug. 2016—simply throughout the road from the place Intel was paradoxically wrapping up its 20th and closing Intel Developer Discussion board.

There’s rather a lot to unpack with these new CPUs, however we perceive if you wish to skip to “the great things.” So learn on if you wish to hear about AMD’s path to glory over the previous few years, or be at liberty to leap forward to those upcoming sections: 

Earlier than Ryzen. After Ryzen.

You may see simply how disruptive Ryzen has been by wanting on the desk under, which summarizes the final 5 years of client desktop computing historical past. On the prime you possibly can see the calm, blue waters of Intel, whose solely competitors was itself, testing the bounds of simply how a lot it may cost a client for a CPU (Trace: it was $1,723).

The primary pink entry, AMD’s unique Ryzen processor, would upend all of it by providing an Eight-core CPU for lower than half of what Intel had been charging the 12 months earlier than.

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Earlier than Ryzen. And After Ryzen.

From there it’s simply been one duck and weave after one other. As Intel’s chip structure languished at 14 nanometers, AMD has actually danced round its rival’s growing old physique within the ring. AMD goosed its course of, barely improved its efficiency, after which lower costs even additional with its Ryzen 7 2700X.

With Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD shocked the world with a client CPU packing 16 cores on a 7nm course of at an affordable value. Whereas we don’t present it—the Intel equal—the Core i9-9960X was slower and price $1,600.