AMD made big waves in the chip world last month when it unveiled the Ryzen series as a new line of processors that could actually challenge Intel’s long seated dominance when it comes to high-end performance.
AMD will deliver on the promise of launching the Ryzen 5 processors in the second quarter. Suggested prices in the United States will range from $169 to $249.
Initially, there will be four models. The two most powerful are the Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1600 chips. Both have six cores with 12 threads and 16 MB L3 cache. But the Ryzen 5 1600X has 3.6 GHz clock speed (reaches 4 GHz in boost mode) and TDP of 95 W; Already the Ryzen 5 1600 works with 3.2 GHz (reaches 3.6 GHz in boost mode) and TDP of 65 W.
Next comes the Ryzen 5 1500X, a quad-core with 8 threads, 3.5 GHz frequency (reaches 3.7 GHz in boost mode), 16 MB L3 and 65 W TDP. The Ryzen 5 1400 closes the list: it treats also a quad-core with eight threads and TDP of 65 W, but with clock speed of 3.2 GHz (reaches 3.4 GHz in boost mode) and 8 MB of L3 cache.
|Comparison: Ryzen 5 1600X vs Core i5-7600K|
Ryzen 5 1600X
|6 / 12||Cores/Threads||4 / 4|
|3.6 / 4.0 GHz||Base/Turbo||3.8 / 4.2 GHz|
|16||PCIe 3.0 Lanes||16|
|16 MB||L3 Cache||6 MB|
|95 W||TDP||91 W|
The Ryzen 5 1600 and 1500X processors will be shipped with the new Wraith Spire cooler, while the Ryzen 5 1400 will feature Wraith Stealth, a cooler with a less powerful (but chip-fitted) cooler. Contrary to popular belief, the Ryzen 5 1600X will have no cooler in its packaging, as it does with the Ryzen 7 1800X and 1700X.
|Comparison: Ryzen 5 1500X vs Core i5-7500|
Ryzen 5 1500X
|4 / 8||Cores/Threads||4 / 4|
|3.5 / 3.7 GHz||Base/Turbo||3.4 / 3.8 GHz|
|16||PCIe 3.0 Lanes||16|
|MB||L3 Cache||6 MB|
|65 W||TDP||65 W|
In the video below, AMD CEO Lisa Su emphasised that the new chips will be very good for gaming:
It is worth mentioning that all Ryzen 5 will come unlocked from the factory, that will allow any user to overclock them (as long as a suitable motherboard and a good cooling system for this is used). This is especially true for models with “X” in the name, which feature a feature called XFR (Extended Frequency Range) that allows higher frequencies to be achieved in overclocking.
If we take into account that AMD should also launch Vega GPUs in the coming months, 2017 has everything to be a busy year for gamers on call or for those who simply want to switch PCs. However, there is still no availability information for the Ryzen 5 line in India is available for now. But, we hope AMD will not take a longer time to release it in the Indian market.
AMD will be selling the Ryzen 5 processors starting April 11th. Additionally, the company is planning a budget Ryzen 3 line to go head to head with Intel’s Core i3 series for later in 2017.