AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Overclocked Benchmark Results At 4.2GHz

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X at $189.00 shipped is a nice quad-core that we were able to easily overclock up to 4.2GHz with no issues at all. The performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X overclocked up to 4.2GHz was pretty damn good, but it wasn’t able to catch up to a stock clocked Intel Core i7-7700K processor in the majority of the benchmarks that we ran today. Despite failing to dethrone Intel we feel that the 4-core-8-thread Ryzen 5 1500X processor will still make AMD fans happy. If you are still running an older dual-core system and have been waiting for the Ryzen series to come out then you’ll see some big performance gains. The Ryzen 5 1500X processor gives you a very responsive system that loves multi-threaded applications and the 1080p gaming performance is good enough. AMD has also been making Ryzen platform enhancements, so the UEFI builds are getting better, there is an AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan now and some game titles will be getting Ryzen performance updates.

PRODUCT LINE MODEL CORES THREADS BASE CLOCK (GHZ) BOOST CLOCK (GHZ) INCLUDED COOLER TDP (WATTS) Price
RYZEN 7 1800X 8 16 3.6 4.0 N/A 95 $495
RYZEN 7 1700X 8 16 3.4 3.8 N/A 95 $389
RYZEN 7 1700 8 16 3.0 3.7 Wraith Spire 65 $320
RYZEN 5 1600X 6 12 3.6 4.0 N/A 95 $249
RYZEN 5 1600 6 12 3.2 3.6 Wraith ​​Spire 95 $219
RYZEN 5 1500X 4 8 3.5 3.7 Wraith Spire 65 $189
RYZEN 5 1400 4 8 3.2 3.4 Wraith Stealth 65 $169

The only downside to the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X processor is that it only has 4-cores and for an extra $30 you can get a 6-core processor like the Ryzen 5 1600. We weren’t sent the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor to review, but if you are worried about core counts and like to overclock, it might be the best processor of the bunch at $219. Hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands on a Ryzen 5 1600 sample here soon to see what that processor can really do.

When it comes to motherboard choices for the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X you’ll likely be looking at AMD B350 chipset based boards and for that there are a wide variety of boards to pick from with prices starting out at under $100. Some of the popular boards right now are the Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming ($104.95 shipped), Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3 ($124.95 shipped), ASUS Prime B350-Plus ($99.99 shipped ) and the MSI B350 Tomahawk ($109.99 shipped). Depending on the board you pick out you might be able to pick up a the 1500X and a B350 board for right around $300. Not a bad deal for the level of performance that you get!

LR Recommended Award

Legit Bottom Line: The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X offers solid performance when overclocked to 4.2GHz and for $189 it won’t break the bank!

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  • leexgx

    could you at least color the Intel and AMD CPUs differently (Blue and Red and other color for this CPU review)

    i happy that you have a print button that puts all pages into one page, but your formatting the page (very narrow and low quality images, small text) yourself but makes everything blurry (i don’t print it i use to read all pages) should would like anandtech print button at the moment i have to zoom in 150% to read it on this site

  • Atomizer

    Great review but I think i7-3770K would have been the better choice over i7-2700K for comparison.

  • Timothy Isenhart

    You do know AMD coded the CPU to show 20°C more than what the actual temperature is to ensure consistent fan cooling right?

    • Josh Montano

      You do know that they only did that to the 1800x, right?

      • Timothy Isenhart

        You do know your wrong right. It was done on all of the Ryzen line up.

  • ThreeRing

    This is the least legit review I’ve seen in a while. These benchmarks are CLEARLY single-core cherry picked. That’s why the 1500 4c 8t seems faster than the 1700 8c 16t and why in every case, performance basically scales with clock speed. In addition, not enough attention was put forth to test R5 against i5 instead of i7. Just basically a lazy job. Budget CPUs not intended for workstation class activities shouldn’t be evaluated against workstation-class CPUs that cost twice as much and are marketed for different uses. It would be like evaluating a Snapdragon 835 against an i7 6950x.

  • HERETIC

    Hi Nathan,
    Could have left the “race to sleep”OFF the bottom of the charts,and

    added a couple i5’s-That’s the price point 1500X is aiming at.

  • H23

    I out benchmark you at stock clocks in every test. 1800x, odd

  • Amet Monegro

    Good review, i hope that at the next RYZEN review you uses the lastest BIOS with AGESA updated
    https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/X370-XPOWER-GAMING-TITANIUM.html#down-bios

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Amet – This review was done with UEFI 1.44 installed on the MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium. There was no newer build from MSI available internally at the time testing was done (days before this article was published). UEFI 1.44 has AGESA 1.0.0.4a, so 1.44 beta and 1.4 public might be damn near the same thing.

  • Tiberiu Lupescu

    Page 11: 1600x doesn’t come with a cooler in the box.

    • Amet Monegro

      then… 1600 (non-X) is the best bang for the buck lol

  • Dante

    Good review. Here is my criticism and it is not just in this review it is with most of the reviews in general. People reading reviews are trying to evaluate new hardware to buy. And the review often concludes that for 1080p gaming Intel gives the best performance and then cites the i7 7700. This is true. But does it matter? If a pure gamer was going to buy a new rig, would he be buying it for 1080p gaming? And if so why would someone buy a leading edge CPU like an i7700 to buy/build a rig to game in trailing edge 1080p??

    So let’s be fair honest here. If someone is buying a new rig to ‘game’ it would be to game at 1440 or (likely) higher. When you get at those resolutions generally there are a few percentage points between competing Ryzen and Intel parts. So why pay $100-300 extra dollars for a more expeinsive intel motherboard/cpu combination when that money should really be spent on better graphics card/monitor.

    I think the conclusion here is that anyone buying a new rig, would be foolish to spend the several hundred dollar premium on Intel hardware. I think in almost all circumstances when it comes to buying a new rig AMD wins. With regard to gaming at 1440 and above there is almost no difference between the platforms. Then when you consider the that AMD handily beats Intel in most non-gaming benchmarks it would be mostly foolish to buy a new Intel platform.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Great points. What would be the best budget gaming monitor monitor today?

      • Coach

        I’ve been trying to locate one. The 2K (2560×1080 or 2560×1440) are the more affordable ones. Personally, I have a 2560×1080 at 75hz. The refresh rates and latency are very important and of course, if I were buying one today, I’d want Free-sync (G-Sync with an Nvidia card). 4k is just too expensive. If you’re saying “BUDGET”, unfortunately, you’re likely still buying a 1080p monitor this spring. I’m thinking sub $200 when I say budget. I’m helping a friend pick out parts and right now, he’s going to stay with his 1920×1080 monitor and possibly upgrade that later.

    • alrightmate

      Depends on the games you’re playing, I think.

      Sure, for all the AAA titles that are decently optimized for more cores/threads you can pick whatever you want at 1080p, but with a lot of the more popular titles being older competitive games or early-access bug-fests the extra single thread horsepower that an OC’d 7700k provides can’t be overlooked – even at 1080p.

      If I’m building a rig right now for 1080p/144hz I’m still picking a 7700k. The price difference between it and a 1700 is only really in the motherboard(if you opt for a B350 board) and, at least in Australia, you only really save another ~$150 by opting for an R5 1600.

      Then you run into issues with an immature platform; extra work to get RAM running at rated speeds, a need to overclock as the 1600/1700 have pretty low stock clocks, issues getting mounting hardware for coolers etc.

      I can see why a lot of people still recommend grabbing a 7700k over Ryzen, budget allowing of course. The 1600/1600x vs i5 is another story for sure, and I’d take a 1600 every day of the week in that scenario.

      • Dante

        A lot of it depends on what games you play and the current hardware you have. When building a new machine I try to get 4 years out of it. So I personally would not build a new machine with the idea that I’d be using it moving forward for playing old games at 1080p.

        AM4 is going to give a better upgrade path than LGA 1151. Essentially if you buy a Kaby now, your upgrade path is going mostly end there. Intel is likely changing sockets next year. AMD is committed to AM4 for years to come and since it is a SOC most those upgrades now come on the chip and not the board. So anyone who has an AM4 now and wants to upgrade to zen2/3..etc will have a clear upgrade path.

        More cores is the future DX12/Vulcan..etc. Games are being optimized for threading because it is the only way to better performance and reach VR goals. Titles that don’t are going to fall behind.

        You should also consider Microsoft’s recent announcement with Scorpio which will be able to game in 4k resolutions at 60 fps using a Polaris based APU with Jaguar cores. Jaguar cores are weak and they are accomplishing this by using a command processor on GPU and advances in DX12. The weak old jaguar cpu cores are hardly a factor bc they now are able offload more of the game load direct to the integrated GPU. This is where gaming are going and that is why it is better to put the money saved into a better GPU/monitor.

        I think that in all but the most specific scenarios, buying a new rig now for gaming or otherwise, a 1600/X is a significantly better decision than an i7