2020 has been a terrible year – this much is just accepted as fact at this point. While the tragedies can’t be understated across the board, it’s worth looking at how this has affected the tech and gaming industries.
Constant delays, pushbacks, productivity halts, and the necessity to work from home has ended up with both industries taking a considerable blow. However, that isn’t to say it’s been all bad, after all.
2020 has also seen some of the best news in the tech market, with some of the most powerful components we’ve seen coming out into sale. Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30-series, for example, has taken the tech world by storm.
Not always for the best reason, mind you – while the GPU release has been notable for the incredible power and stupendous affordability, the launch of the 3080, in particular, has been lauded as one of the worst launches possible, with bots buying up the stock in less than two seconds.
But now, we have something new on the horizon to hopefully buy before a bot does! AMD has recently announced their new Ryzen 5000 series computer processors, and the component has been making quite a splash.
Welcome the all-new @AMDRyzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors.
Built on the “Zen 3” architecture, the new desktop lineup delivers across-the-board leadership performance for gamers and content creators.
— AMD (@AMD) October 8, 2020
This new series is built on the new Zen 3 architecture, AMD‘s latest line of high-powered desktop processors. Best of all, this isn’t even the top of the line – AMD will be releasing a Ryzen 7 and 9 with the same architecture.
But with this current processor, the competition is already looking a bit scarce.
The latest benchmark has the Ryzen 5 5600X blowing the competition out of the water. AMD’s primary competitor was Intel, but with the latest skirmishes in the processing wars, it seems like AMD has set a clear gap between them.
While the newest benchmark focuses on single-thread performance, the results across the board can’t be ignored – the Ryzen 5 5600X beats even Intel’s Core i9-109000K processor, which sits at almost half the price.
There’s still so much to come, but the competition is already quite squished, as it seems to have been for much of 2020. As it sits, the upcoming Zen 3 isn’t competing with much other than other AMD products.
Even then, the $300 price point makes it a great component for PC builders that are looking to keep their rigs on an affordable side and still keep it top of the line. Combined with recent and upcoming releases like Nvidia’s 30-series RTX GPUs, the future of affordable PC building looks as bright as it ever has before.