AMD released the Ryzen 5 5500 in 2021 for US$159. The processor is a cut-down Ryzen 5 5600G with the iGPU disabled and clock speeds reduced. The result is a chip that often performs on par with the Ryzen 5 5600G but losses out to the less expensive Core i3-12100 in gaming, making the processor a bad deal at its retail price.
At its MSRP of US$159, the Zen 3 Ryzen 5 5500 is hard to recommend, because for slightly more money, you can get better performing chips. For instance, the Ryzen 5 5600 costs US$40 more but it performs quite a lot better in application as well as gaming workloads. Even the cheaper Core i3-12100/F manages to beat the Ryzen 5 5500 in gaming.
Per slickdeals, Amazon now has the Ryzen 5 5500 on sale for US$98.98 down from US$159, a discount of roughly US$60. Newegg also has a similar deal. This slashed rate makes the Ryzen 5 5500 a no-brainer in terms of price/performance.
The Ryzen 5 5500 features 6 cores, 12 threads, a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.2 GHz. According to independent reviews, the processor puts up good numbers in gaming benchmarks. Per Tom’s Hardware, the Ryzen 5 5500 achieves an average frame rate of 129 fps at 1080p across the tested games when paired with an RTX 3090. At 1440p, the average fps rises to 135. As a comparison, the similarly positioned Core i3-12100 stands at 137 fps at 1080p and 141 at 1440p.
Put simply, the sub-US$100 price makes the Ryzen 5 5500 an excellent buy for budget-conscious PC gamers.
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Fawad Murtaza – Tech Writer – 324 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
I am Fawad, a fellow tech nerd. As a tech junkie, my relationship with technology goes back to my childhood years. Getting my first Intel Pentium 4 PC was the start of journey that would eventually bring me to Notebookcheck. Finally, I have been writing for tech media since 2018. From small no-name projects to industry leaders, I have worked with a number of tech publications.
Fawad Murtaza, 2023-01-12 (Update: 2023-01-12)