AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Review

With the Intel Core i9-10900K seizing the crown of “fastest gaming CPU ever” this past May, AMD had a big goal with the release of its Ryzen 9 5900X: Dethrone the monarch in performance, and do it for less money. The company hit just one of those targets, but that’s enough. In our testing, the 12-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900X ($549) ranks as the fastest mainstream-platform gaming CPU we’ve seen to date, while regularly beating back Intel’s competing chips for content creation and productivity work.

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