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||1700||8||16||3.0||3.7||Wraith Spire||65||$320|
|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!
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!