AMD’s Ryzen 5000 processors are now available in South Africa from leading tech retailers Wootware and Evetech.
Both stores have listed all four processors on their websites; however, at Wootware, only the Ryzen 5 5600X is in stock, and as a result, the pricing is not provided for the other processors.
Across both Wootware and Evetech, the Ryzen 5 5600X – the most affordable of these processors – costs R6,199.
The most expensive of this processor range, the Ryzen 9 5950X, costs R17,599.
|AMD Ryzen 5000 South African pricing|
|Ryzen 5 5600X||R6,199||R6,199|
|Ryzen 7 5800X||–||R8,999|
|Ryzen 9 5900X||–||R10,999|
|Ryzen 9 5950X||–||R17,499|
AMD’s most powerful processors ever
These processors are built on a 7nm+ manufacturing process and are based on AMD’s Zen 3 CPU microarchitecture.
AMD said that this new microarchitecture enables these processors to offer the best single-threaded and gaming performance of any desktop chips.
“Zen 3 increases our lead in overall performance, it increases our lead in power efficiency, and also now it delivers the best single-threaded performance and gaming performance as well”, said AMD CEO Lisa Su.
There are four new processors in this range:
- Ryzen 5 5600X
- Ryzen 7 5800X
- Ryzen 9 5900X
- Ryzen 9 5950X
AMD noted that its best processor – the Ryzen 5950X – broke the Cinebench R20 single-threaded record with a score of 640, which was significantly higher than the performance of the Intel Core i9 10900K – which scored 544.
AMD CTO Mark Papermaster said that this new generation of processors offers the most significant architectural upgrade across the Zen families of processors.
“It is a beast in performance and will deliver absolute leadership in the x86 market,” Papermaster said.
He explained the processors offer the following key improvements:
- Higher maximum boost frequency
- 19% higher instruction per clock (IPC)
- Lower latency
- New core layout
- New cache topology
Papermaster added that the Zen 3 architecture delivers 24% better power efficiency compared with the prior generation, making it 2.8x more efficient than Intel’s flagship Core i9-10900K processor.
A new layout of the Ryzen 5000 series’ processors ensures that all cores are unified into a single, eight-core complex.
This accelerates core to core communications and makes these processors much better for gaming than their predecessors.
This includes 28% improved performance by the Ryzen 9 5900X when playing Shadow Tomb Raider compared to its predecessor.
Double-digit improvements were also experienced by a variety of popular games including League of Legends, PUBG, DOTA 2, F1 2019, Far Cry: New Dawn, and CS:GO.