AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Verdict + Award, Price + Availability
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Our Verdict + Award!
Thanks to the new Zen 3 core optimisations and SoC design, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X offers a nice leap forward in performance.
It offers significantly better single-core and multi-core performance over the last generation, offering a nice boost to both content creation and gaming performance.
With 16 cores that support up to 32 threads, it barrels through everything thrown at it without a sweat.
But while AMD has highlighted the Ryzen 9 5950X as a great processor for gaming, it’s really best for serious content creation work.
It’s not that it won’t work well in games, it’s just overkill for games.
We cannot emphasise this great point about the Ryzen 9 5950X – even though it uses a new Zen 3 microarchitecture, it continues to use the AM4 socket.
If you have an existing AMD 500 Series motherboard, you can just pop in the Ryzen 9 5950X after a BIOS upgrade.
Those on AMD 400 Series motherboards will have to wait until Q1 2020, before they receive BIOS upgrades to support Zen 3.
The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is priced at $799 (RM3,699) – a $50 (RM550) premium over the last-generation Ryzen 9 3950X, which had a launch price of $749 (RM3,149).
But this time, it comes with a free copy of the upcoming game – Far Cry 6 Standard Edition, which is priced at $56.99.
Paradoxically, this makes the Ryzen 9 5950X the best deal of the Ryzen 5000 series, if you can afford it, of course!
That’s why we believe it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, AMD!
So who should, or should NOT, buy the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X?
- Buy : If you want the best possible 16-core processor for a new content creation system.
- Buy : If you are upgrading from a first-generation Ryzen processor.
- Buy : If you need more computing cores than your current system.
- Consider : If you are upgrading from a second-generation Ryzen processor.
- Skip : If you are already using a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Price + Availability
The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax, in Malaysia :
- Malaysia : RM 3,699 (~US$889) inclusive of 6% tax
- United States : RM 799
Note : It comes with a free copy of Far Cry 6
Here are some online purchase options :
- Malaysia : CPU Only | CPU Only | CPU Bundle
- Singapore : CPU Only | CPU Only | CPU Only
- Australia : CPU Only
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Specifications
Here is how the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :
|Process||7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)|
+ Die Size
|CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
|Chiplets||2 x CCD
1 x IOD
|1 x CCD
1 x IOD
|Cores / Threads||16 / 32||12 / 24||8 / 16||6 / 12|
|Base Clock||3.4 GHz||3.7 GHz||3.8 GHz||3.7 GHz|
|Boost Clock||4.9 GHz||4.8 GHz||4.7 GHz||4.6 GHz|
|L1 Cache||1 MB||768 KB||512 KB||384 KB|
|L2 Cache||8 MB||6 MB||4 MB||3 MB|
|L3 Cache||64 MB||32 MB|
|TDP||105 W||65 W|
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