AMD Ryzen 5 CPU’s Announced, Will Be Available Next Month
AMD has recently launched the high-end Ryzen series 7 processors, alongside the announcement that Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 would be available later this year. In the meantime, AMD has announced the different models for their midrange Ryzen 5 series as well as launch dates, clock speeds and recommended retail prices. The new CPU’s will be hitting the shelves much sooner than expected and will be available within a month.
The Ryzen 7 CPU’s are known for their large amount of (real) cores and a multi-threaded performance that tops Intel’s best offerings. A Ryzen 7 1700 CPU features eight cores and costs less than a third of an Intel 8-core alternative.
AMD will be trying to replicate these results and performance with the Ryzen 5 series. The 5-series processors will come in both quad-core and hexacore (6-core) variants and are being priced very competitively. AMD seems to replicate its strategy to price their CPU’s much cheaper than a similar Intel CPU’s. We’ve compiled all the announced AMD Ryzen 5 processors below, alongside their specifications, TDP and recommended retail price.
Ryzen 5 1600X | 6-core – 3.6 GHz clock speed – 4.0 GHz 2-core boost – 95 W TDP – $249 MSRP
Ryzen 5 1600 | 6-core – 3.6 GHz clock speed – 3.6 GHz 2-core boost – 65 W TDP – $219 MSRP
Ryzen 5 1500X | 4-core – 3.5 GHz clock speed – 3.7 GHz 2-core boost – 65 W TDP – $189 MSRP
Ryzen 5 1400 | 4-core – 3.2 GHz clock speed – 3.4 GHz 2-core boost – 65 W – $169
All Ryzen 5 processors will feature an unlocked multiplier and come with Smilutaneous Multithreading (AMD’s response to Intel’s HyperThreading) which should allow for better performance in multi-threaded programs. The Ryzen 1600X and Ryzen 1500X also have support for Extended Frequency Range XFR.
AMD has positioned the fastest Ryzen 5 CPU, the 1600X against the Core i5 7600K from Intel. Although the Intel chip has a slightly higher clock speed and a better IPC-rate as well, the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X features twee extra cores and thrice as many threads, which means that the 1600X performs almost 70% better than Intel’s i5 7600K. Similar to this analogy, the Ryzen 5 1400 will be positioned against Intel’s i3 7350K CPU.
Regarding the cooling solutions, AMD has decided that it will not ship a standard cooler with the Ryzen 5 1600X because AMD says that this is a CPU for enthusiasts and most of the users they’re aiming at would be using a non-reference cooler anyway. The Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600 will ship with the new Wraith Spire cooler in the box with LED-ring, while the slower Ryzen 5 1400 will feature the Wraith Stealth cooler.$
The Ryzen 5 series by AMD will launch on April 11th.