Thursday, March 16, 2017

Introducing AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Family

AMD announced that it will launch four Ryzen 5 processors worldwide on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. These new mainstream processors are designed to bring innovation to the high-volume, sub-$300 CPU market with a disruptive price-to-performance ratio for gamers and creators.

These Ryzen 5 CPUs will be available for sale on April the 11th.
  • Ryzen 5 1600X : 6-Cores 12-Threads, Base Clock 3.6 GHz, Boost Clock 4.0 GHz
  • Ryzen 5 1600: 6-Cores 12-Threads, Base Clock 3.2 GHz, Boost Clock 3.6 GHz
  • Ryzen 5 1500X: 4-Cores 8-Threads, Base Clock 3.5 GHz, Boost Clock 3.7 GHz
  • Ryzen 5 1400: 4-Cores 8-Threads, Base Clock 3.2 GHz, Boost Clock 3.4 GHz

The top end 1600X is priced at $249, and is the only CPU in this series that is rated at 95W TDP. All the others in this series are 65W TDP. The 1500X has "special" spec as well, as its XFR frequency is 200MHz over its top rated clock, where the others are 100MHz. And of course all the Ryzen 5 CPUs are multiplier unlocked.

The coolers for Ryzen 5 are not RGB capable like the ones we saw with the Ryzen 7. The smaller Stealth cooler is rated at 65W and the Spire cooler is rated at 95W.

Certainly the Ryzen 5 1600 and 1600X are going to be interesting. As AMD positioned them directly to compete with Intel's Core i5 Kaby Lake. Specifically, AMD is taking aim at Intel’s $242 Core i5-7600K, a 3.8GHz, 4-Cores/4-Threads chip, with its slightly pricier Ryzen 5 1600X ($249), which offers three times the threads count. (Intel’s cheapest 6-core chip, the Core i7-5820K, is $389). AMD claimed that the Ryzen 5 1600X will perform 69% better than Core i5-7600K on Cinebench.

As a refresh, below are AMD AM4 motherboard chipsets line-up:

Last but not least...

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