Up For Debate - Which AMD Ryzen 5000 CPU Looks Like the Best Buy?

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Oct 23, 2020 5:30 PM

We are just under 2 weeks away until AMD’s next generation of Ryzen processors officially launch, the Ryzen 5000 series looks to be AMD’s best lineup yet for their gaming CPUs, but AMD has now infamously jacked up the prices because of their dominance in the market. Zen 3 is certainly shaping up to be a great generation of processors, but which one of the new lineup looks like the best buy?

With the next generation of games and consoles just around the corner, now is the best time of all to upgrade our PCs, so to help everyone decide what’s best to upgrade to, we’re leaving it up to you guys in a vote to crown the best Ryzen 5000 CPU to purchase this 2020.

In terms of performance, we’ve already seen some benchmarks leak for the Ryzen 5000 series that showed a significant improvement over the Ryzen 3000 series, and even some benchmarks for the Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X which showed them absolutely outpacing the top-end Intel Core i9-10900K in Single Core and Multi-Core performance. Plus, just recently it was revealed that the Ryzen 5 5600X CPU is the best Single Core processor according to Passmark.

There is of course the price increase as mentioned above, but considering the relatively small jump in price and AMD significantly outpacing Intel’s latest chips, this doesn’t seem like a huge problem but ultimately may factor into buying choices, especially when AMD’s new processors are now the same price if not more expensive than Intel’s equivalent CPUs.

Then again, AMD will surely bring out a range of Ryzen 5000 non-X processors that will knock a bit off the price down to what we would normally expect, so maybe we're better off waiting instead. And just to be clear, we're talking about which AMD Ryzen 5000 you think is the best buy, not which one you'd prefer to get as this is meant to just be a discussion for us PC gamers about the best CPU to buy of the new generation.

It’s certainly an exciting time for PC gamers, for all things PC hardware and games, and this is exactly the kind of push that we needed from AMD to finally match and even possibly surpass Intel. But this does mean that the roles may reverse, and instead of AMD trying to compete with Intel we’ll be having Intel trying to compete with AMD. Either way, we still want to hear from you what Ryzen 5000 CPU you think is the best buy before the new series launches on November 5th.

CPU Cores/Threads Base clock Boost clock Cache L2+L3 TDP Price
16/32 3.4GHz 4.9GHz 72MB 105W $799
12/24 3.7GHz 4.8GHz 70MB 105W $549
8/16 3.8GHz 4.7GHz 36MB 105W $449
6/12 3.7GHz 4.6GHz 35MB 65W $299

Which AMD Ryzen 5000 CPU looks like the best buy?

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18:53 Oct-25-2020

for me, i am going to get 5900x or 5950x. both are massive improvements to my fx6300 haha

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19:54 Oct-28-2020

lol

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14:20 Oct-24-2020

Pretty much 5600X seems best value, despite it having the biggest price increase in terms of percent, since they went with 50USD regardless of price range. Though I feel like true bang for the buck will be 5600, once it inevitably comes out. It's just that AMD learned from past and want to increase profits by using fear of missing out and not announcing 5600, so history with 3600 doesn't repeat.

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14:22 Oct-24-2020

Which is why I personally will just wait for 5600 and 5700X, then see how much difference is there this time and likely buy one of those two. But gaming wise, so far you are perfectly fine with 6 core and 12 threads, so there definitely is value on side of Ryzen 5.

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11:43 Oct-24-2020

u can hav dat

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10:00 Oct-24-2020

As much as this poll is wrong, 6 cores and 12 threads will get maxed out by a lot of games, especially if you're streaming or recording. Now that 6+ cores have become affordable, devs are actually using all the cores. Since consoles are 8/16 i think the 5800+ are the ones to buy.

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11:44 Oct-24-2020

8threads not cores bruv
just dig deep and ull kno

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11:53 Oct-24-2020
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12:17 Oct-24-2020

look my guy...
iknow what im saying hhhh
leave concoles alone, im talkin
bout hardware chief, just google
these: 10100fvs9700f and feast your ego with this https://youtu.be/LnZEzWGtUSo

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17:20 Oct-24-2020

yea i think he's just trolling, won't take what he says seriously.

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17:46 Oct-24-2020

You had me for a second there, Snowman.I thought you weren't trolling,lol.

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20:30 Oct-27-2020

no bro 4real FR i swear man
video game makers consider 8 threads "worship 8t" for what they do 24/7
and i swear bro. i heard that from big BIG peeps
the anomaly started bcuz of the 24t+4c4t&4c8t back in 2013
i believe around q3...

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21:14 Oct-27-2020

What on earth are you on about man?

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08:28 Oct-24-2020

5600 non-x

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22:53 Oct-23-2020

For me if i made the switch id buy the 5900x since its double the cores of what i have atm with intel but my 8700k oc to 4.7ghz is doing more than good enough for what im after so will wait till 2021/22 and see what intel brings or i'll make switch back to amd and go for whats best then

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20:59 Oct-23-2020

Ryzen 7 5700/X if they ever get released

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20:57 Oct-23-2020

Out of these none atleast for me. Will wait for more reasonable offers like non X version

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21:27 Oct-23-2020

It can be a while before processors like these are introduced. TSMC currently can't keep up with all the demand for AMD chips (Ryzen, Radeon, PS5, XBOX), so it would make no sense for AMD to announce lower-clocked CPUs before spring or even summer 2021.

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22:45 Oct-23-2020

Well I can afford to wait. My r5 1600 is holding out quite well atm so I am not in a hurry.

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20:40 Oct-23-2020

In terms of value ($ per core) it's 5900x > 5950x = 5600x > 5800x. Honestly I'd wait for non X ones or just get a ryzen 3000 cpu if I really had to choose. Unless I played competitive games at high refresh rate, then I might consider these 4.

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19:57 Oct-23-2020

I like 5600x but I think 5800x will be better choice since consoles also have 8core processors now.

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20:01 Oct-23-2020

I honestly think gamers will be fine with a 6 core hyperthreaded CPU for a good long while..... I think streamers and content creators though are definitely going to see gains by going with an 8 core hyperthreaded CPU

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12:39 Oct-26-2020

for sure, need the best rendering performance and idk yet how things are gonna compare with better 6c/12t vs an older 8c/16T. Right now a 1080p 60fps video that's 30mins long takes 40 mins to render if I remember correctly. Hopefully Zen 3 will bring the hammer?

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19:30 Oct-23-2020

The CPU I'd be most interested in hasn't been announced yet...... the 5700 or 5700X

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19:14 Oct-23-2020

I wish they all boosted to the same clock. I understand these are all faster than the intel offerings, however the cave man in me can't help but feel as if I would be missing a few extra frames in CS or Valorant! 5800x is looking like the one for me.

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19:02 Oct-23-2020

If I was on an AMD platform and was going to buy, I would pick the 5600X!

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18:54 Oct-23-2020

The Ryzen 5 3600... Yes, I know that it is Zen 2 but it will be more than enough for most of the market and is considerably cheaper than everything Zen 3 offers.

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18:41 Oct-23-2020

since this is about the known cpus, 5600x. if history repeats it self it should provide performance in games comparable to the 3700x. with its higher ipc, it should perform better in every task. the only time it'll fall behind is where the added cores of the 3700x come into play.
5900x will be the bread and butter for professionals needing more cores while saving money from the 3950x.

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18:44 Oct-23-2020

5800x will be for the people that do a mix of gaming and professional work that can benefit from the extra cores and for the people that just want to have a full zen3 chip for the added cache over a 5600x.

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18:00 Oct-23-2020

Id say the ryzen 5800 for about 400. the 5800x is expensive and for just 100€ on top of 5800x you can step up to 12 cores. 360 for 8 cores was great before.

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17:53 Oct-23-2020

the ryzen 5600 non x and 5700x most likely

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| 30FPS, Low, 720p
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100% Yes [1 votes]
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100% Yes [2 votes]
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Core i7-2600K 4-Core 3.40GHz GeForce RTX 2060 MSI Gaming Z 6GB 16GB
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