AMD Keeps the AM4 Platform Alive with the Ryzen 5000XT Series


At Computex 2024, AMD announced an update for its older AM4 socket: the Ryzen 5000XT series. This update introduces two new processors—the Ryzen 9 5900XT and the Ryzen 7 5800XT—that promise significant performance boosts over their predecessors, available starting July 2024.

Technical Specifications

Ryzen 9 5900XT

  • Cores/Threads: 16 cores, 32 threads
  • Max Boost Clock: Up to 4.8 GHz
  • Cache: 72MB
  • TDP: 105W

This processor offers a substantial upgrade from the Ryzen 9 5900X, which features 12 cores and 24 threads. The increase to 16 cores aligns it with the higher-end Ryzen 9 5950X, making it a compelling choice for users seeking a cost-effective performance boost for both gaming and productivity tasks.

Ryzen 7 5800XT

  • Cores/Threads: 8 cores, 16 threads
  • Max Boost Clock: Up to 4.8 GHz
  • Cache: 36MB
  • TDP: 105W
  • Cooler: Bundled Wraith Prism RGB cooler

The Ryzen 7 5800XT provides a modest yet notable improvement over the Ryzen 7 5800X, which has the same core and thread count but a slightly lower boost clock of 4.7 GHz. This upgrade ensures better performance at a more affordable price point.

AMD has released gaming performance figures for the Ryzen 9 5900XT, comparing it to Intel’s 13th Gen Core i7-13700K. While the Ryzen 9 5900XT shows modest gains of up to 4% in gaming performance, these improvements, though not dramatic, could be significant when considering the price difference.

Pricing and Availability

The new processors offer substantial power without a hefty price tag:

  • Ryzen 9 5900XT: Priced at $359 (approximately £280 / AU$536)
  • Ryzen 7 5800XT: Priced at $249 (approximately £195 / AU$373)

These prices are significantly lower than the launch prices of their predecessors:

  • Ryzen 9 5900X: Originally $549 (£420 / AU$760)
  • Ryzen 7 5800X: Originally $499 (£399 / AU$700)

Long live AM4!

AMD’s release of the Ryzen 5000XT series demonstrates a continued commitment to supporting its AM4 user base, even as the company moves forward with the newer AM5 socket and Ryzen 9000 series.

Both the Ryzen 9 5900XT and the Ryzen 7 5800XT offer impressive upgrades, making them attractive options for those looking to enhance their older systems without jumping onto a new platform. Those running Ryzen 3000 series can upgrade to these processors without buying new DDR5 memory or motherboard.

This is not the only time AMD has done this. AMD has also released lower-tier X3D chips with Ryzen 7 5700X3D and Ryzen 5 5600X3D among others like Ryzen 5 5600GT, Ryzen 5 5500GT and Ryzen 7 5700.

With improved clock speeds and increased core counts, these new processors are poised to deliver significant performance gains, ensuring longevity for AM4-based setups.

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