At the top of the stack is the Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD’s Zen 3 replacement for the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X that maintains a 16-core configuration but does increase max boost clocks by 200 MHz to 4.9 GHz.
The top of the line 16 core AMD Ryzen 9 5950X offers:
- The highest single-thread performance of any desktop gaming processor
- The most multi-core performance of any desktop gaming processor and any desktop processor in a mainstream CPU socket
The $799 price will keep this 16-core, 32-thread processor in the high-end desktop category, and is up $50 from the $749 launch price of the Ryzen 9 3950X. In fact, the launch prices of all but the new Ryzen 5 5600X are up $50 compared to the previous generation.
The other Ryzen 9 is the 5900X, which has the same 12c/24t configuration as the Ryzen 9 3900X, and as with the 5950X the clocks are higher by 200 MHz over its Zen 2 predecessor (and by 100 MHz over the faster 3900XT).
But the star of the show, regardless of which Ryzen 5000 processor we talk about, is the new Zen 3 architecture, which – in the case of the Ryzen 9 5900X – is an “average of 26% faster in 1080p gaming across select titles generationally”.