Once released, the PlayStation 5 is set to be the most powerful console that Sony has ever put out to market.
Just how much more powerful will it be compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4?
Read on more below to find out more about the PS5 processor.
What CPU Is Used in the PS5?
In March of 2020, Sony finally unveiled details on the hardware of the PS5.
One of the most notable features is the custom-designed processor based on AMD’s Zen 2 architecture.
The Zen architecture was first introduced in 2017 by AMD with their first-generation Ryzen CPUs. Since then, it’s become the de-facto choice for gamers and system builders, because of its unique combination of excellent yet efficient performance in both single-threaded and multithreaded workloads.
PS5 CPU Specs
- Architecture: AMD Zen 2
- Number of Cores: 8
- Frequency: 3.5GHz (variable)
What’s the PS5 CPU Performance Like?
Despite both processors being based on custom AMD CPUs, the processing power of the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 are vastly different.
The 8-core x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” chipset PS4 and PS4 Pro CPU runs at 1.6GHz and 2.13 GHz, respectively. Meanwhile, the octa-core AMD Zen 2 chipset PS5 processor runs at 3.5GHz per core.
That’s nearly double the speed, and that’s without considering the generational difference.
Keep in mind, that the PlayStation 4 CPU was based on a CPU architecture that was released in 2013. Since then, AMD has made substantial improvements in each subsequent CPU generation they’ve released. As a result, it doesn’t take an expert to know that, even if they ran at the same frequency, the PS5 CPU will be significantly better than the PS4 CPU.
What’s the PC Equivalent to the PS5 CPU?
Based on the core count, the closest equivalent of the 3.5 GHz 8-core AMD Zen 2 processor is the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X.
If you’re thinking about building a PC that’s roughly the same in terms of performance of that of the PlayStation 5, then you might want to consider first the fact that the PC equivalent processor alone could cost you around $329.
If you add the other key components on top of the PS5 processor equivalent, and you’re easily looking at spending $1,000 before you even come close to completing your build.
When it’s all said and done, we need not concern ourselves much with the specifications of the PS5 CPU.
Why? Because we know that Sony won’t let us down.
Sony deserves the benefit of the doubt as a company, especially after the excellent offering that they had that was the PlayStation 4, and before it, the PlayStation 3.
Besides, with Microsoft looking to tip the scales towards their favour this time around, Sony has even more of an incentive to make sure that the PlayStation 5 is able to win against its closest competition, the Xbox Series X.
Because of that, the real winners here are, not Sony or Microsoft, but it’s us, the gaming audience.