Need To Upgrade Your Old AMD Computer To A Ryzen 5000? – AMD’s AM4 socket and platform are incredibly flexible and perfectly suited for four generations of new product lines. With the same motherboard you bought in 2017 for a Ryzen 3 1200 machine, you can put in (and probably enjoy) a new Ryzen 9 5950X. But with the AM5 update on the horizon, should you upgrade or wait? PCWorld’s Gordon Ung is here to break it down in the latest YouTube video from PCWorld.
Simply put, the longer you wait, the more you’ll benefit from an upgrade to the modern Ryzen 5000-series CPUs. Moving from the Ryzen 7 1800X to the comparable Ryzen 7 5800X3D improves everything on your PC. From simple navigation to media-intensive applications, there are sometimes up to 50 percent gains over previous hardware. Even games, which you might think rely almost entirely on your graphics card, can see impressive gains. Depending on the title you play, that upgrade could essentially double your performance. This is especially true if you’re not gaming in massive 4K resolution.
If you’re coming from the newer Ryzen 2000 or 3000 series processors, the yield drops, especially at the higher end. The same goes for if you are starting out with a high-end processor and going for something mid-range or budget in the new series. On the other hand, if you recently upgraded your GPU and left the CPU in place, removing that bottleneck could give you a lot more performance than you might think.
Watch the full video for a comprehensive set of benchmarks so you can decide to upgrade now or wait. And if you like such deep dives into more in-depth hardware comparisons like this one, be sure to subscribe to PCWorld’s YouTube channel!