The Ryzen 5000 series marks AMD finally surpassing Intel’s processors in performance, both in single and multithreaded workloads and ofcourse, both gaming and productivity. However, such achievements and milestones do come at a cost and it’s unfortunate that the consumers are the ones paying for it, literally. As AMD has been consistent in catching up with Intel performance-wise, their prices also rise up with each generation. The recent launch of the 3000 XT series was AMD’s testing ground if consumers would bite a refreshed processor at a relatively higher price. The performance leadership provided by the Zen 3 microarchitecture allows AMD to command higher prices with its Ryzen 5000 CPUs. The question now is, does the performance improvement with the new Ryzen processors justify AMD’s price hike? Let’s investigate starting with the Ryzen 9 5900X

AMD Zen 3 Overview

The Ryzen 5000 series processors are still under the 7-nanometer process node by TSMC but are under an all-new Zen 3 architecture. In AMD’s last press event, Lisa Su talked about the Ryzen 5000 series processors getting a 19-percent Instructions Per Clock uplift and a massive performance-per-watt efficiency. AMD did a ground-up redesign with the Zen 3 architecture to achieve a +19% IPC uplift alongside some functionality improvements over the previous Zen 2 architecture.

Achieving +19% IPC

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Review - Zen 2 vs Zen 3 changesAMD’s engineering team did remarkable work with the Zen 3 CPUs as they improved the pipeline allowing for faster fetching, reduced latency, and reduced memory and cache dependency.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Review - Zen 2 vs Zen 3 DIE layoutThe AMD Ryzen 5000 series has undergone design changes at the SoC architecture as well. Zen 2 CPUs utilized a union of two core complexes(CCX) per compute die(CCD), whereas Zen 3 processors now feature a unified CCD meaning each CCX can consist of up to 8C/16T & 32MB L3 Cache instead of Zen 2’s 4C/8T & 16MB L3 Cache per CCX. The consolidated core and cache complex on Zen allows better performance, especially on latency-sensitive workloads. The Zen 3 layout design eliminates CCX-to-CCX communication within the die as well as enabling a direct-access pool of the 32MB L3 Cache. CPU intensive games will greatly benefit from Zen’s redesigned CCD and CCX layout

Our AMD Ryzen 9 5900X review shares some data and information with our Ryzen 9 5950X Review. If you’ve read the latter, we recommend skipping to the last page for our thoughts about the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X.

AMD Ryzen 5000 Processors Spec Sheet, Price, and PH SRP

AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs
CPU Cores/threads Base/Boost Clock (GHz) TDP L2 + L3 Cache Launch Price – USD PH SRP
Ryzen 9 5950X 16/32 3.4/4.9 105W 72MB  $799  ₱44,900
Ryzen 9 5900X 12/24 3.7/4.8 105W 70MB  $549  ₱30,250
Ryzen 7 5800X 8/16 3.8/4.7 105W 36MB  $449  ₱24,800
Ryzen 5 5600X 6/12 3.7/4.6 65W 35MB  $299  ₱16,550
Ryzen 9 3950X 16/32 3.5/4.7 105W 72MB  $749  ₱42,000
Ryzen 9 3900X 12/24 3.8/4.7 105W 70MB  $499  ₱29,470
Ryzen 7 3800X 8/16 3.9/4.7 105W 32MB  $399  ₱23,185
Intel Core i9 10900K 10/20 3.7/5.3 125W 20MB  $488  ₱29,990


Of course, all of the improvements AMD made with the 7-nanometer Zen 3 architecture needs to be recuperated. AMD boasted a 19% IPC performance improvement but that comes with a huge asterisk as AMD also hiked up its launch prices compared to the previous generation. We decided to compare the Ryzen 5000 processors against the non-XT predecessors as the XT series are just “refreshed” versions. The Flagship Ryzen 9 5950X is at a price where Intel doesn’t have anything to compete with. The $799 AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is $50 more expensive than the 3950X when it first launched. The Ryzen 9 5900X also receives the same $50 price increase compared to the 3900X.

Our AMD Ryzen 9 5900X review shares some data and information with our Ryzen 9 5950X Review. If you’ve read the latter, we recommend skipping to the last page for our thoughts about the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Review -5900X PH Price Review
Our Verdict
It took some time for AMD to perfect its Ryzen processor family but we're finally here. The Ryzen 5000 series earns the gold medal in almost every category in gaming, content creation, thermals, and backward compatibility. What you're getting with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is simply a red-themed i9 10900k but with more cores, more performance, and PCI-E 4.0 support. That said, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X embodies the perfect balance of performance, features, and pricing of a mainstream desktop CPU, making it the better option for its price range.
Single Threaded Performance
Multi Threaded Performance
Reader Rating8 Votes
What's Good
On-par Single threaded performance vs 10900k
Exceptional Lead in Multicore especially in productivity
Decent Thermals
What's Not
No Included Stock Cooler
Relatively Higher SRP than predecessor
Required to Purchase with motherboard( In the Philippines)
Limited Local Availability
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