The desktop AMD Ryzen 5000 series, based on the Zen 3 microarchitecture, was announced on October 8, 2020. They use the same 7 nm manufacturing process, which has matured slightly, as usual. Mainstream Ryzen 5000 CPU cores are codenamed Vermeer. Enthusiast/workstation Threadripper 5000 CPU cores are codenamed Genesis.
AMD Ryzen 5000
If you’ve been paying attention to the technology inside of gaming notebooks, you’ve probably heard about all the new features and technologies that have been integrated into recent consoles. For instance, the new PlayStation 4 boasts of a new image processing engine that improves image quality, resolution, and frame rate. This is what’s inside the AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUS, too. The real draw to the new generation of AMD motherboards, however, is the powerful new AMD AMP series of processors. With its powerful new Zen architecture, AMD has literally taken the best part of the original AMD Jaguar CPU and put it inside the new AMD Ryzen notebook.
It’s important to understand how this new system works. In a nutshell, the AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors replace the aging AMD Jaguar core with something called the AMD Opteron processor. This is the same “old” design that has been used in AMD’s older console games. What makes the difference here, however, is the fact that the AMD system now incorporates two new cores in place of the previous two. The result is a powerful central processing unit (CPU) that resolves studio-level issues such as heavy workloads, but also an upgraded main memory. When compared to the old processor, the new one is roughly three times as fast for the same price.
For the first time, the AMD Ryzen notebook is compatible with AMD’s multi-core Zen architecture. This is not to say that the processor will run at the same speeds as a seven-core Intel Core i7, though. However, if you are looking at a laptop, then it is likely that you will be using multi-core technology. The result is that you can expect to see more than ten percent extra processing power from your AMD Ryzen.
Zen 3 Series
Speaking of performance, the unlocked AMD Ryzen notebook, along with its sibling the Ryzen 9, have two BIOS slots. The former boosts the maximum processor frequency while the latter sets the maximum turbo clock frequency for the AMD system. The former can prove to be helpful if you want to overclock the processor to a point where it can compete with some high-end gaming notebooks. On the other hand, for general use the two clock speeds are not sufficient enough to make a noticeable difference.
There are many rumors circulating about how well AMD’s latest processors perform. Much of this stems from the companies’ penchant for providing rather ambiguous information. A good example would be the Ryzen 5 5600x, which supposedly combines three of the most powerful cores in AMD’s line-up into one. Similarly, AMD’s latest top-end desktop CPU, the AMD Athlon II, is also equipped with two of its most potent cores; however, it is impossible to tell just how much they contribute to the processor’s performance.