The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is the company’s second-fastest consumer processor, after only the very expensive 5950X, and today it has been significantly reduced – from £500 to £445. It’s an excellent value CPU that’s great for gaming, but it also has a large number of fast cores and threads for handling creative applications such as video rendering, code compiling, and 3D modeling.
The CPU is already discounted on both Amazon and Currys, to a list price of £450, but Currys offers free next-day shipping and an additional £5 when you use the code FNDDGAMING when you go out.
In Catherine’s review of the 5900X, she acknowledged gaming performance better than 10900K, the result of a significant generational leap in single-core performance from Zen 2 cores in the Ryzen 3000 to Zen 3 cores in the Ryzen 5000. This was achieved in a number of ways, but most notably by increasing the amount of The L3 cache available to each processor, with the CPU “core” changed from four to eight, allowing more cores to share the same physical cache and thus reducing the time it takes to send data from core to core.
You don’t need to know this, of course – the main thing is that this CPU is quite flying compared to its predecessors, it is up to 20% faster than the old Ryzen 9 3900X, which in itself was much faster than the first two Ryzen generations.
With 12 cores, the 5900X is best used in a system where gaming isn’t the only thing you’ll do because the 5600X is fairly close to raw gaming performance and much cheaper – we spotted it at £240 a few weeks ago. Instead, the 5900X differentiates itself in tasks like video transcoding, where doubling the number of cores like the 5600X cuts in half the time it takes to run a particular job.
Fortunately, AMD’s ecosystem for the Ryzen 9 5900X is very generous — you can use most 400-series motherboards (like the B450 or X470) or any 500-series motherboard (like the B550 and X570), so you don’t need to spend a lot to get a unit. Incredibly fast central processing. RAM overclocking is available even on cheap B-series motherboards, something Intel only introduced in its latest generation, so the commonly available 3200MHz or 3600MHz stick will provide some great additional performance. You’ll want to opt for a CPU cooler, as the 5900X doesn’t come with one, but AMD’s relatively efficient design means you can get a simple air cooler or an AiO cooler while still getting great performance.
Anyway, the 5900X at £445 is such a great price that I wish I’d go with the 5800X at £425 earlier this year – I could have had four more cores for £20! I believe you live and learn – or at least live.