After weeks of leaks the AMD Ryzen 5 series of processors has finally been launched! With the launch of the AMD Ryzen 5 processors, AMD is attacking the mainstream market at the $169 to $249 price points where most gamers buy processors. AMD believes that Ryzen 5 4-core and 6-core processors will give users a well-rounded feature-rich platform that is competitive with what Intel has on the market.
The AMD Ryzen R5 is aimed at the sub-$250 CPU market and feature either 4 or 6-core processor designs with SMT. The new AMD Ryzen 5 series consists of four processors at launch; the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X, 1600, 1500X and 1400. The flagship 6-core processor is the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X (6-cores and 12-threads at a 3.6GHz base/4.0GHz Boost clock) and the flagship 4-core processor is the Ryzen 5 1500X (4-core, 8-thread at a 3.5GHz base/3.7GHz boost). AMD sees the Ryzen 5 series being very disruptive at this price point as the Ryzen 5 1600X would be lined up across the Intel Core i5-7600K. AMD is targeting the Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1500X towards PC gaming enthusiasts and those just happen to be the two models that they send us to benchmark for this launch day article.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Specs
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Specs
Here is a look at the current AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 series that are all available on the market toady.
|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||1600X||6||12||3.6||4.0||Wraith Spire||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|
Later this year you’ll have the AMD Ryzen 3 series that is coming coming, but that is aimed at lower-end of the market with sub-$150 processors that won’t be aimed at mainstream or enthusiast gamers.
Let’s take a look at the test system and then move onto the benchmarks!