With its first few generations of Ryzen desktop CPUs, chip company Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) was aiming to catch up to its larger rival Intel (NASDAQ: INTC). The third-generation Ryzen 3000 series, launched in mid-2019, largely accomplished that goal, although Intel retained a single-threaded performance advantage which made its chips ideal for gaming.
With the Ryzen 5000 series, AMD claims to have finally surpassed Intel in single-threaded performance. The company touts as much as a 26% increase in gaming performance for one of its new high-end chips compared to its predecessor, and a 7% gaming performance advantage over a comparable Intel chip. AMD is claiming that the Ryzen 9 5950X offers the highest single-threaded performance of any desktop gaming processor. That would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
Intel’s biggest selling point for PC gamers will be gone when Ryzen 5000 series chips become available for