Hardware Review Roundup (2/23)

Audio: ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Headset @ TweakTown, ASUS ROG Delta S USB-C Headset @ TweakTown, SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless Headset @ KitGuru

Storage: Sabrent Rocket 4 PLUS 2TB @ Guru3D, ORICO Portable M.2 Enclosure @ ThinkComputers, Sabrent Rocket 4 PLUS 2TB @ NikKTech, ADATA XPG Gammix S70 2 TB @ TechPowerUp

Cooling: Deepcool AS500 @ ThinkComputers

Graphics: Inno3D GeForce RTX 3060 Ti iCHILL X3 @ TweakTown

Memory: Patriot Viper Steel RGB 32GB DDR4 @ NikKTech, Patriot Viper Steel RGB DDR4-3200 2x16GB @ APH Networks

Accessories: CORSAIR MM700 RGB Extended Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad @ [M]adShrimps

Peripherals: Patriot Viper V730 Keyboard @ FunkyKit, Dream Machines DM6 Holey Duo @ TechPowerUp, HyperX Pulsefire Raid Gaming Mouse @ FunkyKit

CPU: AMD RYZEN 5 5600X @ PCTestBench

PSU: Cooler Master V850 SFX Gold 850W @ APH Networks

Laptop: Apple MacBook Air M1 @ DVHardware, ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo SE GX551 @ TechSpot

Coming Soon: Undervolting Ryzen 5600X Curve Optimizer

Coming soon, I’ll have an article detailing my effort to undervolt the Ryzen 5 5600X processor to the max using AMD’s Curve Optimizer utility. This article will take a different approach towards overclocking than most, with a focus on obtaining peak performance while remaining within the stock TDP/TDC/EDC ratings of the 5600X. Most PBO based overclocks, and unvolted overclocks, focus on hitting the highest frequency only. I wanted to see how high this chip would go within the confines of stock settings. That also allows for maximum thermal load reduction. How much? Here’s a glance at POV-Ray load temperatures based on number of active threads.

How does a 8-9+ degree temperature reduction sound with 6 or less threads? The total system power draw drops fell right in line with these values as well. I’ve seen 9-11W reductions under single and dual core loads depending on the application. At the high end total power and thermals are nearly identical, but there’s an extra 250Mhz coming along with that at a full 6C/12T. More to come…

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

The Ryzen 5 5600X does land at higher pricing than we’re accustomed to – the $300 price tag is now the entry point for Zen 3 chips. That will change as AMD introduces its Ryzen 3 and APU models, but it is disappointing for value seekers. Unfortunately, AMD’s recommended retail pricing rarely has any relation to reality at the checkout lane, so it’s hard to project where pricing will land in a few months when availability improves. For now, crushing shortages make it difficult to score a Ryzen 5 5600X, even at recommended pricing. 

Read more @ Tom’s Hardware

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

The Ryzen 5 5600X takes the mid-range by storm with six cores and twelve threads powered by the Zen 3 architecture fabbed on the 7nm process. That potent combination equates to a ~19% improvement in instruction per cycle (IPC) throughput, making the 5600X an easy choice for our list of Best CPUs. Other fine-grained improvements, like a vastly optimized boosting algorithm, improved memory overclocking, and reworked cache topology erases the last traces of Intel’s performance advantages while delivering a new level of power efficiency. In fact, as we’ll detail below, the Ryzen 5 5600X is the most power-efficient desktop PC chip we’ve ever tested. 

Read more @ Tom’s Hardware

AMD “Zen 3” Ryzen 5/7/9 Processors – Review Roundup

Well, it’s November 5th, the day that the new “Zen 3” Ryzen processors are released to the masses. Numerous reviews of these new processors are popping up, and we’ll tack them on here throughout the day.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X @ Guru3D
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X and 5900X @ Hot Hardware
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X @ ThinkComputers
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X  @ TweakTown
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X @ TweakTown
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X @ ThinkComputers
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X @ TechPowerUp
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X @ TechPowerUp
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X @ TechPowerUp
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, 5900X, Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 5 5600X @ AnandTech
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X and 5900X @ Tom’s Hardware
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 7 5800X @ Bit-Tech
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X @ Hexus
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X @ KitGuru
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 5950X @ OC3D
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X & Ryzen 7 5800X @ Vortez
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X @ PC Magazine
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X @ PC Magazine
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X & Ryzen 9 5900X @ eTeknix
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X @ TechSpot
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X @ Guru3D
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X @ Guru3D

Ryzen 5 5600X Leaves Core i9-10900K in Single-Threaded Dust

The Ryzen 5 5600X is the upcoming Zen3 CPU featuring 6 cores and 12 threads. With a 200 MHz higher boost clock and Zen3 architecture improvements this processor is expected to offer 19% better performance per dollar than Intel Core i5-10600K in single-threaded benchmarks, according to AMD.

Recently PassMark has updated its webpage with CPU Mark results. The Ryzen 5 5600X is the first Zen3 processor to be listed, from the four SKUs announced. The 5600X scored 3495 points, while the top 10th Gen Core ‘Comet Lake-S’ CPU – the i9-10900K – scored 3177 points, meaning that the mid-range Ryzen CPU offers 10% better performance.

Read more @ Videocardz

Early AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Benchmarks Arrive

The Core i5-10600K clearly boasts higher boost clocks and a more generous thermal limit. Intel’s contender conforms to a 125W TDP (thermal design power) rating, while the Ryzen 5 5600X is rated for 65W. Theoretically, the Core i5-10600K should be faster since it has more breathing room to execute. However, the Ryzen 5 5600X leverages AMD’s groundbreaking Zen 3 microarchitecture, so don’t count the Ryzen 5 5600X out just yet.

Read more @ Tom’s Hardware

AMD “Zen 3” – 5950X, 5900X, 5800X & 5600X Hit November 5th

The time has arrived, and today AMD officially announced the 5000 Series. The new line tops off with the 16 core, 32 thread Ryzen 9 5950X. AMD is claiming the best single core performance, best gaming performance and more. A key announcement was a geomean +19% gain in IPC. That’s a substantial gain for a generational upgrade relative to recent history. We’ll need to wait roughly another month for more number, but these chips look promising. Only the Ryzen 5 5600X will come bundled with a cooler, but let’s be honest, if you’re picking up a high end chip you’re likely to pair it up with high end cooling anyway.

ProcessorCoresClockTurboL3
Cache
TDPMSRP
Ryzen 9 5950X163.4 GHz4.9 GHz64 MB105 W$799
Ryzen 9 5900X123.7 GHz4.8 GHz 64 MB105 W$549
Ryzen 7 5800X83.8 GHz4.7 GHz32 MB105 W$449
Ryzen 5 5600X63.7 GHz4.6 GHz32 MB65 W$299

Read more @ AMD
Watch the Launch Event @ AMD