AMD Ryzen 5000Source: AMD

Update, November 5 (10:10 am ET): The Ryzen 5000 series of processors sold out across many retailers within 20 minutes. You can still grab a pre-built PC with one inside from NZXT at the moment.

What you need to know

  • AMD's Ryzen 5000 series of desktop processors are on sale starting today.
  • The processors range from a six-core processor to a 16-core CPU.
  • The Ryzen 5 5600X ($299), Ryzen 7 5800X ($449), Ryzen 9 5900X ($549), and Ryzen 9 5950X ($799) are all avaialble starting today.

AMD's new Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X, and Ryzen 9 5950X are on sale starting today. Based on the new Zen 3 architecture, the new processors provide better performance and improved efficiency than their predecessors. The Ryzen 5000 series processors are desktop-class CPUs and succeed AMD's Ryzen 3000 series. The Ryzen 5 5600X ($299), Ryzen 7 5800X ($449), Ryzen 9 5900X ($549), and Ryzen 9 5950X ($799) are all available starting today.

The Ryzen 5000 series covers quite a wide range of processing needs. The Ryzen 5 5600X is a six-core processor with 12 threads. It's clocked at 3.7GHz with a boost clock up to 4.6GHz. On the other end of the spectrum, the Ryzen 9 5950X has 16 cores, 32 threads and does that with just a TDP of 105W.

Category Ryzen 5 5600X Ryzen 7 5800X Ryzen 9 5900X Ryzen 9 5950X
Architecture Zen 3 Zen 3 Zen 3 Zen 3
Socket AM4 AM4 AM4 AM4
Cores 6 8 12 16
Threads 12 16 24 32
TDP 65W 105W 105W 105W
Base Speed 3.7GHz 3.8GHz 3.7GHz 3.4GHz
Boost Speed 4.6GHz 4.7GHz 4.8GHz 4.9GHz
Cache 32MB 32MB 32MB 32MB
Cooler Wraith
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Price $299 $449 $549 $799

AMD clarified that current X570 and B550 motherboards will work with the 5000 series of Ryzen processors. If you have one already, you should be fine, but if you need a new one, you can grab one of the best motherboards to make sure that your system is ready for the next generation of processors.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

This processor has six cores, 12 threads and hits a clock speed of 3.7GHz that boosts up to 4.6GHz.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

With a jump up to eight cores and 16 threads, this CPU offers even better performance. It hits clock speeds of 38Ghz and can boost up to 4.7GHz.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

The 12 cores and 24 threads in this CPU deliver incredible power. This processor has a base clock speed of 3.7GHz and goes up to a boost speed of 4.8GHz.

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

The pinnacle of the Ryzen 5000 series, this CPU offers enthusiast performance. It has 16 cores and 32 threads with a TDP of only 105W.

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