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CES 2021: Ryzen 5900 and 5800 confirmed as OEM-only

The biggest announcement from Lisa Su’s keynote at CES 2021 was undoubtedly the reveal of the Ryzen 5000 mobile processors. However, we did also get confirmation of the rumoured non-X Ryzen 9 5900 and Ryzen 7 5800 CPUs.

We’ve been hearing about these non-X Ryzen desktop parts since the end of last year, and today AMD has officially announced the Ryzen 9 5900 and Ryzen 7 5800. Both are essentially lower-TDP versions of their ‘full-fat’ counterparts, with the 5900 still a 12C/24T chip, while the 5800 is 8C/16T. The non-X parts are rated at 65W, compared to 105W for the regular ‘X’ versions.

In the past, these lower-TDP non-X parts – like the Ryzen 7 3700 – have proved extremely popular as a cheaper alternative to the more premium X SKUs. This time around, the 5900 and 5800 are going to be OEM only. There is precedence for this, as the Ryzen 9 3900 was OEM only, but right now there’s no 3700 equivalent, so if you want Ryzen 5000 on the desktop, you have to buy an X SKU.

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KitGuru says: Some may be disappointed that these CPUs are OEM-only, but hopefully we will see non-X 5600 and 5700 SKUs before long.

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