Average Bench: 99% (79th of 1439)

Based on 60,132 user benchmarks.  Devices: 178BFBFF00A20F10, 178BFBFF00A20F12 Model: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-Core Processor

The Ryzen 9 5900X is second in AMD’s line-up of new Zen 3 CPUs. The 12-core hyper-threaded processor has base/boost clock speeds of 3.7/4.8 GHz, a 70 MB cache and a TDP of 105W. The 5900X took center stage in the 5000 series launch presentation where AMD gunned for Intel’s “best gaming CPU” crown. They showed the 5900X as being 26% better for gaming than the previous generation’s Ryzen 9 3900XT, attributing this to the new architecture’s faster single core speeds and lower latency. AMD also stated that the 5900X achieves, on average, 6.8% faster gaming performance than Intel’s 10-core i9-10900K. The details around AMD’s testing were not disclosed but it is safe to assume that 6.8% is the highest average lead that AMD are willing to stand by. Our benchmarks show that the 5900X’s slightly faster cores and the 10900K’s slightly lower memory latency balance out to yield similar performance. Whilst presenting their figures, AMD admitted that their 3000 series CPUs were far from “best for gaming” and conceded that the 10900K is approximately 19% faster than the 3900XT (our effective speed marks the gap at just 14%). Despite this clear performance deficiency, AMD supported 3000 series sales with an aggressive and successful marketing campaign to easily outsell Intel over the last 12 months. Given the real performance uplift observed in the 5000 series, and the absence of any meaningful marketing from Intel, we expect CPU sales to shift even further in AMD’s favour. Gamers that do not wish to pay “marketing fees” should investigate Intel’s $175 USD 11400F, the $660 USD savings would be far better spent on a higher tier GPU. [Nov '20 CPUPro]

Excellent average bench

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X averaged just 0.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Multi Core Speed 2,000Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 626Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is 20.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Memory Latency 81.1Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 1,157Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 60,132 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.7 Memory 81.1 92.3
136 1-Core 163 179
265 2-Core 320 356
100% 188 Pts
Min Avg Max
486 4-Core 626 694
902 8-Core 1,157 1,318
107% 892 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,097 64-Core 2,000 2,290
124% 2,000 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
AM4, 1 CPU, 12 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.5
1-Core 184
2-Core 367
115% 215 Pts
4-Core 731
8-Core 1,294
122% 1,013 Pts
64-Core 2,375
147% 2,375 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 12 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.7
1-Core 182
2-Core 356
112% 210 Pts
4-Core 709
8-Core 1,368
123% 1,038 Pts
64-Core 2,272
141% 2,272 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 12 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.1
1-Core 179
2-Core 352
112% 209 Pts
4-Core 690
8-Core 1,315
119% 1,003 Pts
64-Core 2,221
138% 2,221 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 12 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 78
1-Core 182
2-Core 360
108% 207 Pts
4-Core 708
8-Core 1,367
123% 1,038 Pts
64-Core 2,325
144% 2,325 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 12 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.5
1-Core 154
2-Core 303
96% 179 Pts
4-Core 613
8-Core 1,176
106% 894 Pts
64-Core 2,146
133% 2,146 Pts
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Desktop 103%
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Workstation 161%
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Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) - $194

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 96% - Outstanding Total price: $1,032

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 Comments

Ryzen 5000 processors with the 7nm Zen 3 Architecture power the next generation of demanding games...

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3 days ago.

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AMD are great at selling junk. They pee in the well with fake comments, glorified cheerleaders on youtube and paid magazine reviews. My POS PC still crashes randomly. Everybody needs to call the rats out instead of letting them get away with it.—Nov '20

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overhyped and overpriced—Jan '21

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get a 12700KF+3070 and keep the change—Nov '21


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1 month ago.

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This CPU is useless for gamers, dont waste your money!—Nov '20

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Don't fall for AMD's marketing BS, save your money and get a better GPU which will actually make a difference—Dec '20

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This website is brilliant I hope they sue AMD.—Dec '20


Excellent

1 month ago.

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my friend buy it and his prozessor is good aswell but not good as my intel core i9 10900k and he pay much more than me he said the next prozessor that he buy is an intel —Apr '21


Liked

1 month ago.

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Overpriced. :( Not worth the money, at all.—Feb '21


Excellent

1 month ago.

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If you're keen on daylight robbery then this is the CPU for you, otherwise get a 10600KF+3070 and keep the change.—Feb '21


Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

This thing melts. Very fast and handles loads effortless. Doesn't get too hot either ( with AIO)


Excellent

2 years ago.

not a bad jump from 3900x if you sell the old cpu and cost is only 50%


Excellent

3 years ago.

Great for high-level gaming and streaming. Also great for video editing.


Excellent

22 months ago.

This thing way outperforms the 3950X it replaced in my build at half the cost. Highly recommended.


Good

22 months ago.

Very good processor. Though I will be heated if AMD releases a 5900X3D. Why do some of the Intel guys hate this CPU so much? You have the CPU you wanted, why come here to blast your hate?


Excellent

18 months ago.

super smooth performing!


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