For people who have not followed the CPU development of the last years very closely, it may sound a bit confusing: The new Ryzen 5000 processors are the third version of AMD&s Zen architecture (Zen3), which was developed from scratch. However, due to an intermediate step (Zen+), they are already the 4th generation of so-called Ryzen CPUs. This brand name stands for desktop and laptop models. And because different chipset architectures from different Zen generations were used between laptop and desktop models, AMD now skips the 4000 series for the desktop and numbers them 5000+x. This means that the product number should also enable the correct conclusions to be drawn about the underlying architecture of laptop CPUs/APUs in the future.
For all others, who are less interested in CPU stories, only the following information should be relevant: With the 5000 Ryzen series, AMD has now left Intel behind on the desktop in all relevant application scenarios. AMD&s new desktop processors are faster and more efficient than their best Intel counterparts in virtually every respect. Unfortunately, they are also no longer as affordable as the previous generation. On average, the prices of the new CPU generation will increase by about 50 Euros per model, which you can already grant AMD after more than a decade of catching up. Besides, the old processors will remain available for some time.
For this one should also acknowledge: AMD&s behavior has led in the last years to the fact that Intel could not increase its prices arbitrarily further. And that processors with 8 and more cores have advanced into affordable regions even for normal users. Speaking of prices, this is what the new model range looks like:
The 16/32 core flagship Ryzen 9 5950X with 3.4 GHz base clock and a maximum 4.9 GHz boost is said to cost 799 dollars. 12 cores with 24 threads at 3.7/4.8 GHz come as Ryzen 9 5900X for 549 dollars. In contrast, the new 8/16 core model Ryzen 7 5800X for 449 dollars (3.8/4.7 GHz) sounds rather unattractive. And beginners can still get a 6/12 core model (3.7/4.6 GHz) Ryzen 5 5600X for 299 dollars.
It is also noticeable that AMD hasn&t introduced any 4/8-core models at all anymore, with which Intel played this market for years. The new processors are scheduled to be delivered starting November 5th.
Video editors had to experience in recent years, however, that the performance of the CPU for video editing became less and less important. Even the enormous speed increases of up to 20 percent compared to the last Ryzen generation should therefore be far less noticeable in daily use than any upgrade of the graphics card/GPU.