The AMD Ryzen 5900x has been announced as the flagship CPU of the new Ryzen 5000 series, promising to provide players with 26% faster gaming on average by utilizing the power of Zen 3 architecture. Additionally, the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series of GPUs (nicknamed “Big Navi” by enthusiasts) has also been revealed.
The AMD “Where Gaming Begins” presentation promised to show players the next generation of Ryzen CPUs and it certainly delivered, introducing three new models in the Ryzen 5000 series. Although the focus of this presentation was on processors, AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su closed out the show by officially confirming the long-rumored Radeon RX 6000 series of GPUs.
The AMD Ryzen 5900X is a serious step up in power
The AMD Ryzen 5900X will feature 12 cores and 24 threads with the capability to hit 4.8 GHz Boost. Utilizing AMD’s new Zen 3 architecture, this latest processor will also include 70 MB of L2+L3 Cache and use 105W of power. Thus far, AMD has revealed three processors in the Ryzen 5000 series at prices ranging from $299–$549.
|AMD Ryzen 5900X||AMD Ryzen 5800X||AMD Ryzen 5600X|
|Clock Speed||3.7 GHz||3.8 GHz||3.7 GHz|
|Boost Speed||4.8 GHz||4.7 GHz||4.6 GHz|
|Cache||70 MB||36 MB||35 MB|
|Thermal Design Power (TDP)||105W||105W||65W|
In practical terms, the AMD Ryzen 5900X provides FPS boosts ranging from 5–50% on games using a “High Quality” graphics present at 1080p resolution when compared against the AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT. The open-world Battle Royale game PUBG sees boosts of 33% and older games like CS:GO and League of Legends have 46% and 50% higher framerates, respectively. Not all titles will see a significant increase, however; Battlefield 5 only manages a 5% increase in framerate with the new processor.
Radeon RX 6000 will be AMD’s ‘most powerful gaming GPU we have ever built’
Early specs for AMD’s next graphics card leaked nearly two years ago; shortly thereafter, AMD boasted that its new line of graphics cards could compete with Nvidia’s high-end GPUs. Dr. Su closed out today’s AMD Ryzen 5900 X presentation by teasing the Radeon RX 6000, the flagship GPU in its new line of graphics cards.
Promising “tremendous 4K performance against the board,” Dr. Su highlighted some key benchmarks for AMD’s upcoming GPU. The Radeon RX 6000 can hit 61 FPS in Borderlands 3, 73 FPS in Gears 5, and 88 FPS in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at 4K resolution and Ultra Quality in each of these games. It remains to be seen how these benchmarks will compare when facing the Nvidia 30 series specs.
More information on the AMD Radeon RX 6000 will be revealed at a subsequent presentation on October 28, 2020. The AMD Ryzen 5000 series will be available for purchase starting on November 5, 2020.