AMD Expands Ryzen 5000 Series with Budget-Friendly CPUs, Extends AM4 Platform Lifespan

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has introduced four new Ryzen 5000 processors, further bolstering its last-generation AM4 platform. While the spotlight was on the unveiling of the groundbreaking Ryzen 8000 desktop processors featuring RDNA 3 integrated GPUs and an AI-accelerating NPU, AMD took the opportunity to cater to budget-conscious consumers still relying on the AM4 platform.

The flagship of this new lineup is the Ryzen 7 5700X3D, an 8-core CPU boasting an additional 64MB slab of L3 cache stacked on the main CPU die. Priced at $249, it offers a compelling alternative to the pricier 5800X3D, with a slightly lower maximum clock speed (4.1 GHz, down from 4.5 GHz) but retaining the same core count and cache size. AMD positioned it favorably against Intel's Core i5-13600K, a chip retailing for over $280.

For users seeking a more budget-friendly option, the Ryzen 7 5700 delivers an 8-core processor at $175, albeit without the 3D V-Cache. It is noteworthy that this variant has less cache than the 5700X and supports only PCI Express 3.0, suggesting it is essentially a 5700G with integrated graphics disabled. The Ryzen 5 5600GT and 5500GT, priced at $140 and $125 respectively, round out the lineup as 6- and 4-core chips with Vega-based integrated graphics, targeting lower-end systems.

Despite these additions to the AM4 platform, AMD acknowledges that recommending it for new PC builds may be challenging, considering the availability of the newer AM5 platform. However, these "new" chips, built on the old Zen 3 architecture, provide cost-efficient upgrade options for users with existing AM4 motherboards using Ryzen 1000, 2000, or 3000 processors.

Matthew Hurwitz, AMD PR Manager, emphasized the continued importance of the AM4 platform within their product portfolio. "New SKUs give users more options to fit their budget or use case," he stated. Hurwitz assured customers that unlike the limited-edition Ryzen 5600X3D, there would be no availability limitations for the new Ryzen 5000 chips. AMD also has no immediate plans to discontinue other Ryzen 5000 CPUs still in circulation, although a natural shift to newer SKUs is expected over time.

All the new Ryzen 5000 CPUs will be available for purchase starting January 31, providing users with additional choices and flexibility within the AM4 ecosystem.

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