The 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.
|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|
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.
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.