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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X release date, price, specs and performance

AMD has officially revealed the Ryzen 9 5950X processor, which AMD has labelled as the ultimate desktop processor for both content creation and gaming. 

The Ryzen 9 5950X is the most powerful processor in AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 range, which is built upon the next-gen Zen 3 architecture. 

The flagship processor features 12 cores and 24 threads, with boost frequencies up to 4.9GHZ. AMD claims the new Ryzen chip has broken the Cinebench R20 single-threaded record with a score of 640. AMD also revealed the new chip sees a 105W TDP (thermal design power). 

Keep reading on for more details on AMD’s most powerful desktop processor yet.

Related: Ryzen 5000

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X release date – When will it launch?

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X will be available globally from 5 November 2020.

AMD has also revealed that if you purchase the next-gen processor before 31 December, you’ll bag yourself a free copy of Far Cry 6 Standard Edition (PC digital).

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X price How much does it cost? 

The Ryzen 9 5950X will be priced at $799, with UK pricing yet to be confirmed. 

The prices for the other Ryzen 5000 processors have all been confirmed too. The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X will cost $549, the Ryzen 7 5800X will be priced at $449 and the Ryzen 5 5600X will be set at $299.

Related: AMD Zen 3

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X specs and performance – How powerful is it?

AMD claims the Ryzen 9 5950X is the ‘ultimate desktop processor for gaming and content creation”.

That’s a bold claim, but AMD has the benchmark figures and specs to back it up. In a Cinebench R20 single-threaded benchmark, the Ryzen chip achieved a better score than the Intel Core i9-10900K.

The Ryzen 9 5950X also supposedly sees up to 29% gaming performance gains on its Ryzen 3000 counterpart. Content creation has also seen substantial improvements, with 13% performance superiority for video editing (via Adobe Premiere Pro) compared to the Intel i9-10900K. 

AMD Ryzen 5000

But what about the specs? The new Ryzen chip features 16 cores, 32 threads and up to a 4.9GHz boosted frequency. For comparison, Intel’s current fastest desktop processor (the Intel Core i9-10900K) sees 10 cores, 20 threads and up to a 5.30GHz boosted frequency. The Intel chip also has a higher TDP (125W) than the new AMD chip (105W) making the latter seemingly more energy efficient.

Of course, the likes of core counts and frequencies don’t paint the whole picture, with the performance efficiency of the architecture making a huge difference. We’ll have to wait until we’re able to review the Ryzen 9 5950X processor before getting a good idea of its performance power.

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