AMD Brings Ryzen 9 5900 and Ryzen 7 5800 to OEMs

Ryzen 9 5950X
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AMD’s Ryzen 5000 processors have taken the DIY desktop PC market by storm, rewriting our Best CPU for Gaming recommendations and upsetting our CPU Benchmark Hierarchy. Now AMD is bringing the benefits of its Zen 3 architecture and 7nm process to the OEM market through two lower-TDP models, the Ryzen 9 5900 and Ryzen 7 5800. 

As expected, these chips are functionally the same as the 12-core 24-thread Ryzen 9 5900X and eight-core 16-thread Ryzen 7 5800X, but they come with a lower TDP rating, the results in reduced clock speeds. These trimmings allow the chips to drop into smaller chassis and operate with the lesser cooling systems we see in the OEM market.

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AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs
Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 Series ProcessorsRCP (MSRP) Cores/ThreadsBase/Boost Freq. TDPL3 Cache
Ryzen 9 5950X$79916 / 323.4 / 4.9 GHz105W64MB (2x32)
Ryzen 9 5900X$54912 / 243.7 / 4.8 GHz105W64MB (2x32)
Ryzen 9 5900N/A12 / 243.0 / 4.765W32MB (1x32)
Ryzen 7 5800X$4498 / 163.8 / 4.7 GHz105W32MB (1x32)
Ryzen 7 5800N/A8 / 163.4 / 4.665W32MB (1x32)
Ryzen 5 5600X$2996 / 123.7 / 4.6 GHz65W32MB (1x32)

Remember, AMD specs a 280mm water cooler, or equivalent air cooler, as the minimum for the Ryzen 5000 105W processors, and you simply don’t see that class of cooling in the majority of OEM systems. Dialing back the TDP, and thus the cooling requirements, will help AMD squeeze more Zen 3 chips into OEM systems from the likes of HP, Lenovo, and others, though we haven’t seen any official announcements yet.

As expected with OEM chips, AMD isn’t sharing pricing for the new Ryzen models. Pre-built OEM systems comprise roughly 60% of the desktop PC market, and AMD’s continued push to bring more of those systems to market makes good business sense.

However, we’ve seen a string of OEM-exclusive AMD launches, like the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G that we managed to find on the grey market and Threadripper 3995WX we recently reviewed, that would also make great chips for enthusiasts. It is a bit disappointing to see these lower-TDP models, which would naturally come with lower MSRPs, land in the OEM market. These chips could help address the only pain point of the Ryzen 5000 series - the chips cost more than their predecessors at retail, raising the bar for entry to the powerful Zen 3 platform.

But who knows? AMD could bring these chips to retail in the future, just like we saw with the aforementioned Threadripper Pro 3995WX. That chip landed in OEM systems first, but AMD announced today that it is coming to retail outlets, too. 

Paul Alcorn
Managing Editor: News and Emerging Tech

Paul Alcorn is the Managing Editor: News and Emerging Tech for Tom's Hardware US. He also writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage, and enterprise hardware.

  • javiindo
    OEM = Aliexpress. Let's check what price aliexpress proposes for those chips.

    Also, to be honest, I think it's a clever movement because they know they don't have the stock to satisfy both retail and OEM. So, to avoid a bad reputation, they are just selling to their partners.
  • rgd1101
    it probably lower bin version that didn't make the x cut.
  • BogdanH
    javiindo said:
    OEM = Aliexpress. .. ..So, to avoid a bad reputation..
    -how about more mature comments?
  • javiindo
    BogdanH said:
    -how about more mature comments?
    Like yours?