AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
“Obliterate multithreaded tasks like 3D rendering, video rendering, and software compiling by taking advantage of 12 cores, 24 threads and PCIe 4.0 support.”
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We’ve said it before, but it’s worth reiterating: there’s excellent value to be had in PC components if you’re willing to look beyond the very latest hardware – especially if it’s yesteryear’s best CPU.
Despite hefty price cuts across AMD’s all-new Ryzen 7000 Series portfolio, the previous generation offers a tremendous amount of bang for your buck. Case in point, one of our favourite processors of recent years, the Ryzen 9 5900X, is now almost half price and arguably more attractive than it has ever been before.
The 12-core, 24-thread CPU can hit a top speed of 4.8GHz and is currently retailing for £295 in the UK or $320 over in the States. That’s very nearly a 50 per cent reduction over the £510 launch price, and a veritable bargain for what remains an extremely capable CPU.
Is it worth spending an extra £100 or so for the newer Ryzen 9 7900X? That’s debatable, as the savvy shopper will rightly highlight 5900X’s more attractive platform costs. AM4 motherboards are widely available at minimal outlay, and supporting DDR4 memory is a dime a dozen.
Better still, if you’re hoping to get one last upgrade from a long-standing AM4 platform, the Ryzen 9 5900X is going to be a solid destination for most folk. Having experienced our fair share of bugs and BIOS updates on the latest generation, take our word for it, there’s something to be said for a mature platform whose kinks have long since been ironed out.
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