AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Overclocked Benchmark Results At 4.1GHz

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X ProcessorThe AMD Ryzen 5 1600X at $249.99 shipped is a really nice performing 6-core that we were able to easily overclock up to 4.1GHz without even needing to mess with CPU voltages on our particular motherboard. The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X was able to beat the Intel Core i7-7700K processor in the majority of the multi-threaded benchmarks that we ran. Having more cores is nice, but what is the 1600X’s real competition? We don’t have the Ryzen 5 1600 non-X model to look at, but it might be arguably a better value to some. Why? The Ryzen 5 1600X doesn’t come with a CPU cooler at $250, but the Ryzen 5 1600 is 10% less expensive ($228.95 shipped) and comes with the AMD Wraith Spire CPU cooler. It also just happens to be about 10% slower out of the box, but people have had good luck overclocking it up to 4GHz as well. The Ryzen 5 1600 lacks XFR, but if you plan on overclocking having an enhanced turbo boost doesn’t really matter as you’ll be overclocking all cores.

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

Now you know why the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1600 processors are hard to come by locally! These two processors are the sweet spot for enthusiasts and gamers that are wanting an affordable processor that has 6-cores, 12-threads and some overclocking headroom to play around with. We’ll be picking up a Ryzen 5 1600 to take a look at here shortly as the price point and value of that processor really intrigues us. The Ryzen 5 quad-core parts are okay, but most people want more than 4 cores today and many of the 8-core parts are priced higher than most want to pay for a processor. The Ryzen 5 1600X and 1600 at $219 to $250 won’t leave you feeling ripped off and will give you years of solid computing performance and a fast responsive system when paired with an SSD.


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Legit Bottom Line: The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X at $250 gives you the ability to overclock beyond 4GHz if you get a decent chip and the performance you get from 6-cores is solid and will be for years to come.

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  • Reylegh

    Did you reach 4.1GHz on 1.38V? How…
    I have to set it at 1.395 to hold 4.05GHz
    And even at 1.4125 I was not able to hold 4.1GHz…it crashed after 2-3 second from when I started the stress test…and that not due to temperature (71 degree when the system crashed).

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Every processor is slightly different when it comes to overclocking as are the actual voltages on each particular model board!

      • Reylegh

        But does this mean I need to add more voltage to try 4.1, or that my CPU can’t do 4.1 at all?

  • christopher evensen

    Yikes. So as a pure gamer, am I reading this correctly that my 6 year old 2600k @ 4.5 Ghz beats this chip? I’ve been wanting to go back to AMD but this just doesn’t so it for me.

    • Cody T

      Yes. If you were running on a non-k like I was, however, it’d be a monumental boost. Maybe this bit is placebo but it feels like everything is running so much smoother after switching as well. 3200MHz ram is pretty good too, and for me the upgrade ‘included’ usb 3.0.

      6700k would be a better aim as a current-gen gamer looking to upgrade again in a couple years (if even then in all fairness). I’m investing in 6-core because from the looks of sales more games are going to support it at least after two years, possibly/probably before. Stock air will have you at pretty much the same frequency you’re at now, but compare the two performance-wise. Ultimately though if it ain’t breaking, don’t fix it.

  • Lubuis L

    Hey this is my local Microcenter too! I go there a lot. This is my favorite store and the people are really nice there. Good review also

  • Harshal

    :-/ I’ve a ryzen 1600x today I tried out Asus ai suit 3 and that shit
    Oc my cpu to 4.1ghz with 1.545 voltage :v it was rediculous
    Had to remove CMOS to normalize it

    • Buddydudeguy

      pro tip: software overclocking is not the correct way to do it. Big surprise it uses way to much Vcore. NOT.

      • Harshal

        Yeah learned that

      • Harshal

        Yep , figured that out

  • ronch

    It’s great to see Thief in the game benchmarks as I’m a huge Thief series fan and I’m actually playing Thief 4 these days on my FX-8350, which runs it well enough, BTW. I see that the 7700K still soundly beats the Ryzen chips, and given how I don’t expect them to optimize Thief for Ryzen anymore makes me want to consider Intel if I’m buying for gaming because it’s not like I really run those apps used in benchmarks that show Ryzen 5 really killing Intel. Then again the 1600X still soundly beats the FX also so I guess it’s still a viable choice. I hope Zen 2.0 really improves Ryzen’s gaming numbers even on games that don’t get Ryzen-specific optimizations, like Thief.

    One thing missing here is the Core i5 7600K. Isn’t that the main competitor of the 1600X? Shouldn’t it be included?

  • JTR

    I hope you guys do realize there is a 20c offset on ryzen X series processors. Take 20c off your temperatures and you’ll see it never got close to 80c. Sad to see articles misleading people even after AMD announced the offset was for the xfr boost on the x series cpu’s to keep them running with a more aggressive fan profile to stay nice and cool.

  • Daniel

    Am I missing something? Only average FPS on game benchmarks? If you want to be a “Legit” review site you need 1% and .1% lows as average does not come close to telling the whole story. And Thief, a game from 2014?

    • renegadepestisrac

      Thief is a nice cpu bencher.
      Its even better with mantle.

      • AotS is a better cpu bencher with more modern api and coding practices.

        • JTR

          AotS is broken on ryzen cpus, they can barely match intel quadcores in that game. The games developers already came out and said they are working to fix the issues it has with ryzen.

  • Jason Kane

    Well I sure as hell wouldn’t buy a Ryzen if your heavily into emulation.

    That Dolphin benchmark result sucks..big time.

    Ryzen’s inability to overclock to Intel levels really does hurt it, even at stock speeds, the 7700K is nearly TWICE as fast as a Ryzen 1700 when it comes to Dolphin!

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Thanks for the feedback and glad including that benchmark in our CPU reviews has been beneficial!

      • Coach

        Yeah, I’d buy a Ryzen or Kaby-Lake cpu so I could emulate old Nintendo games…

    • Ken Hodson

      Deceivingly you cherry pick your numbers. It is obvious from the graph that Dolphin has no advantage with a CPU with over 4 cores. Maybe even 2? The other factor is that because Intel has a obvious per/core advantage in this benchmark it does not mean that “emulation” is no good on Ryzen. That is a nice fan-boi brush stroke your trying to paint there. Dolphin runs very well on CPU’s far less then Ryzen. And if you want us to believe you “emulation” comment you will need to back that up with something.

      • Mike Lukic

        Hey, I was going to say same thing, Dolphin runs great even on my FX 6350 @4.8 GHz. and is known for lousy single core performance.