Average Bench: 99.9% (6th of 1276)

Based on 1,141 user benchmarks.  Device: 178BFBFF00A20F10 Model: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-Core Processor

The Ryzen 9 5900X is second in AMD’s line-up of new Zen 3 based 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 $190 USD i5-9600K, the saved $370 USD would be far better spent on a higher tier GPU. [Nov '20 CPUPro]

Excellent average bench

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X averaged 0.0% 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 Mixed Speed 2,354Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 159Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is just 16.9%. 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 87.7Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 600Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,141 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.2 Memory 87.7 95.6
142 1-Core 159 168
282 2-Core 316 334
104% 187 Pts
Min Avg Max
522 4-Core 600 648
1,025 8-Core 1,175 1,268
109% 887 Pts
Min Avg Max
2,190 64-Core 2,354 2502
158% 2,354 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
AM4, 1 CPU, 12 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.7
1-Core 166
2-Core 326
109% 196 Pts
4-Core 648
8-Core 1,179
114% 913 Pts
64-Core 2,407
162% 2,407 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 12 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.7
1-Core 165
2-Core 327
108% 195 Pts
4-Core 539
8-Core 1,184
104% 861 Pts
64-Core 2,352
158% 2,352 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 12 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 73.4
1-Core 162
2-Core 329
101% 188 Pts
4-Core 607
8-Core 1,199
111% 903 Pts
64-Core 2,354
158% 2,354 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 12 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.5
1-Core 156
2-Core 307
97% 178 Pts
4-Core 596
8-Core 1,037
103% 817 Pts
64-Core 1,949
131% 1,949 Pts
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Typical Ryzen 9 5900X Builds (Compare 4,334 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 125%
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Desktop
Desktop 105%
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Workstation
Workstation 143%
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Motherboard: MSI MAG X570 TOMAHAWK WIFI (MS-7C84)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $1,203

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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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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


Excellent

5 days ago.

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


Poor

3 days ago.

It does its job.


Good

1 day ago.

Never get a Mac. Get a 5900X Gaming PC, a Car, and a Mortgage repayment.


Excellent

5 days ago.


Excellent

20 hrs ago.

Best CPU for those, who wish to game and do actual work on same PC.


Good

18 days ago.


Excellent

1 day ago.

amazing IPC and power efficiency


Excellent

7 days ago.

This is the chip you want to buy if you don't want to upgrade for the next half decade or beyond!


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