AMD Revives AM4 with Ryzen 5000XT CPUs at Computex 2024

AM4: Still Going Strong

AMD has breathed new life into its older AM4 socket with the announcement of the Ryzen 5000XT series update at Computex 2024 in Taipei, Taiwan. Starting from July, professionals and enthusiasts will be able to upgrade to the new Ryzen 9 5900XT and Ryzen 7 5800XT processors, both offering improvements over their predecessors.


High Performance at a Lower Cost

The Ryzen 9 5900XT is set to retail for $359, and the Ryzen 7 5800XT for $249. These prices are significantly lower than their predecessors, the 5900X and 5800X, which were priced at $549 and $499 respectively at launch.

Catering to Users of Older Hardware

While AMD has recently unveiled the Ryzen 9000 series for the AM5 socket, the company has not forgotten about its customers using older CPU hardware. The upcoming Ryzen 9 5900XT, featuring 16 cores, 32 threads, a max boost clock of up to 4.8 GHz, and 72MB cache on a 105W TDP, is a testament to this. The Ryzen 7 5800XT, aimed at mid-range gamers looking for an upgrade, features eight cores, 16 threads, a boost clock of up to 4.8 GHz, and 36MB cache.


Comparing with Previous Models

For reference, the 5800X from 2020 also features eight cores and 16 threads, but with a slightly lower boost clock of 4.7 GHz. The new chip offers slightly improved performance at a hard-to-beat price and comes bundled with a Wraith Prism RGB cooler.

The jump from the older 5900X to the 5900XT is even more exciting. The new chipset increases the core count from 12 to 16, matching the core count of the 5950X. This upgrade could provide a cost-effective way to significantly enhance gaming and productivity performance for users running older AM4 chipsets.

The Future of AM4

AMD’s decision to continue supporting customers still using the AM4 socket is an excellent pro-consumer move. With the socket type first introduced in 2017, it has a large install base across three different Ryzen CPU generations. Last-generation gamers can expect substantial performance boosts with the XT models. AMD’s commitment to socket longevity is evident with its AM5 socket, unveiled at Computex 2024 with the Ryzen 9000 series. As the second generation to use AM5, AMD shows no signs of slowing down and promises to support the platform until at least 2027. This could be an excellent time to upgrade for those running older Ryzen 2000, 3000, or weaker 5000 models.


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