The Red team announced its Ryzen 5000 series processors last year based on their new Zen 3 architecture, and we were very fortunate to review all of them till now. Today we have got the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X with us that is said to be the gaming champion of the CPU market.
Featuring 12 Zen 3 cores, this 7 nm-based CPU is a great contender for both gaming & productivity. The redesigned cache, new core layout, and a lot of new improvements have helped AMD to beat Intel or get close to them in single-core performance.
Even Intel’s new Rocket Lake-S desktop CPUs cannot give better gaming performance on average with AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X while costing more and the Core i9-1100K featuring 4 fewer cores. So, the choice for both gamers and productivity-centric people is simple these days – AMD!
However, getting the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is a really tough affair but worth battling for if you need those 12 exceptional Zen 3 cores. Or, if you need just gaming performance, you can look out for both the Ryzen 7 5800X and the Ryzen 5 5600X processors which are available widely now.
The least available CPU at moment has to be the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, which we also reviewed; however, honestly, it depends on your usage and needs. Even though we will make a dedicated article on which CPU you should opt for, we will talk about the gaming champion AMD Ryzen 9 5900X.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X performance benchmarks
|Number of CPU Cores||12|
|Number of Threads||24|
|Max Boost Clock||Up to 4.8GHz|
|Total L2 Cache||6MB|
|Total L3 Cache||64MB|
|CMOS||TSMC 7nm FinFET|
|PCI Express® Version||PCIe 4.0|
|Thermal Solution (PIB)||Not included|
|Default TDP / TDP||105W|
|System Memory Specification||Up to 3200MHz|
|System Memory Type||DDR4|
|Supported Technologies||AMD StoreMI Technology, AMD Ryzen™ Master Utility, AMD Ryzen™ VR-Ready Premium|
Test Config Specifications:
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 UD
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
- RAM: 32GB 3200MHz memory
- SSD: 240GB WD Sn550, 480GB Crucial SATA SSD
- Power Supply: Cooler Master 750W
- GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6900XT
- CPU Cooler: Deepcool Gammaxx GTE V2
- Cabinet: MSI Mag Forge 100R
The CPU was tested at around 30 degrees Celsius room temperature, and at that, performance seems to be incredible. I used Windows 10 Pro version 20H2(build 19402) for the test, and here are the results I got at stock:
The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X scores a nice 3426 points behind by few points than the might Ryzen 95950X’s 4080 points in the most loved Cinebench R15 benchmark. All the 12 cores and 24 threads do make a difference in multi-threaded scores.
When Dr. Lisa showed the Cinebench R20 results on-stage during the Ryzen 5000 series launch, we were blown away by the performance, and indeed it is so when it powers your system. The 12-core monster also makes a huge difference and shows what this new Zen 3 architecture is capable of.
In single-core, you get a good score of 620 points, and when it comes to multi-threading, the Ryzen processor flexes its muscles to score a nice 7917 points.
So, for productivity work, you have an absolute monster, and if you need more horsepower, you can also opt for the Ryzen 9 5950X with 16 cores, scoring 9347 points in multi-threading.
The Ryzen 9 5950X scores a good 20,386 points in multi-core whereas scoring as much as 1599 points in single-core, highest recorded score ever in single-thread by any Ryzen CPU. This kind of single-core score was never seen before, and it already beats out the Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 in single-core.
Gone are the days you had to pay a ransom amount for HPC workloads, and these new Ryzen 9 CPUs are just insane; the Ryzen 9 5950X has scored an out-of-the-world 23,992 points in multi-core, so all in all, any of these Ryzen 9 processors is a good choice.
While in Geekbench 5, the Ryzen 9 5900X tears apart the competition’s x86 desktop CPU out there, scoring 1669 points in single-core and 11,568 points in multi-threaded tests.
This is the kind of performance you can expect from a 12-core monster; however, it performs similar to the Ryzen 9 3900X in multi-core with marginal improvements; however, the main improvement you notice is in the single-core performance, helping a lot during gaming.
In the CPU-Z benchmark also the Ryzen 9 5900X shows its power over every other CPU in the stack and manages to score 667 points in single-core as well as scoring 9342 points in multi-threaded tests.
This makes the new AMD Ryzen 9 5900X about 25% faster than the last-gen Ryzen 9 3950X in CPU-Z single-core test, whereas only 14% slow in the multi-core test even though the Ryzen 9 5900X has 4 fewer cores. Well, for high-end desktop workloads, both the new Ryzen 9 5900X and the Ryzen 9 5950X are great contendors.
When paired with the flagship Radeon RX 6900 XT, the Ryzen 9 5900X sets new records. This killer combo manages to grab the PCMark 10 score of 7,993 points while managing a Productivity score of 8,900 points and a phenomenal score of 14,946 points in Digital Content Creation.
So, if you are someone looking to build a high-performance PC, the Ryzen 9 5900X is the ultimate choice we can recommend you.
3DMark Time Spy & Time Spy Extreme
So, having paired this CPU with the flagship Radeon RX 6900 XT, in 3DMark’s popular Time Spy benchmark, we see a strong performance of this processor.
Actually, the benchmark determines how good the system is for modern-day games, and as you see, you get a phenomenal 16,361 Time Spy Score; kudos to the 10,720 points scored by the Ryzen 9 5900X.
The story continues even in the Time Spy Extreme benchmark where we see the combo again performing at its peak, scoring a total of 8,402 Time Spy Extreme score.
Thanks to the new Zen 3 architecture, we see a huge uplift in gaming and single-core performance that makes the CPU great for both productivity and gaming.
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
The sheer performance of this beast continues even in our final benchmark as well. In 3DMark’s Fire Strike Ultra test, the Ryzen 9 5900X managed to score an impressive 33,930 points as Physics Score.
In all of the benchmarks one thing is clear that much like its Ryzen 5000 series brothers, the Ryzen 9 5900X also delivers superior CPU performance in both single-threaded and multi-threaded workloads.
So, be it applications like Premier Pro or Photoshop or Blender or Autodesk any CPU demanding application, you can easily expect these CPUs to shine.
Previously, gaming wasn’t a strong point for AMD, but things have changed within a year; now, with Zen 3 architecture, you can expect top-of-the-line performance from the gaming champion Ryzen 9 5900X. Dubbed to be the best gaming processor in the market, the 12-core monster lives up to its words.
So, using the Radeon RX 6900 XT as our GPU to test this gaming processor, we have indeed used AMD’s heavily branded Smart Access Memory feature, and it does make a huge difference. Here are the benchmarks of all the modern games at different settings with SAM turned on:
In all of the above-mentioned 11 games, we see the combo delivering the absolute best 4K and a 1440p gaming experience. Also, AMD’s Smart Access Memory gives a minor advantage to the combo as well; you can enable it for free if you have both a Ryzen CPU and a new Radeon RX 6000 series GPU.
From the CPU side, you see the Ryzen 9 5900X just gives the best performance you can ask for, now depending upon your GPU you can still expect 4K 60 FPS gaming with most of the new GPUs like RTX 3080, RX 6800 series, and RX 6900 XT.
Even though good the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X might be, getting your hands-on with it is a tough job, but AMD is improving stocks with days. So, if you get it at its MSRP, then it’s a no-brainer; you should definitely go for this 12-core gaming beast that delivers incredible multi-threaded performance as well.
It is the best CPU currently for gaming and there’s no doubt in that, drawing less power than Intel’s latest flagship Core i9-11900K and has 4 extra cores for your advantage. So, getting an 8-core chip makes no sense but if you want one get the Ryzen 7 5800X which is widely available.
Overall, AMD has made the Zen 3 architecture incredible. The 7nm advantage continues as all of these Ryzen 5000 series processors generate less heat and draw less power, which means great CPU for using it for years down the road.
Undoubtedly, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is a good processor, easy to recommend, and powerful to use.
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