Fewer cores, fast clockspeeds, fully unlocked.
There will be four Ryzen 5 series processors to choose from, including two 4-core/8-thread models and two 6-core/12-thread chips. Have a look:
These are more affordable options than the first batch of Ryzen 7 series CPUs AMD launched. Like those higher-end chips, these all support simultaneous multi-threading (SMT), more commonly known as Hyper-Threading in Intel-speak. While AMD's Ryzen 5 processors have fewer cores than its Ryzen 7 series, they're all clocked at 3.2GHz or higher.
Here's rundown of how they compare:
- Ryzen 7 1800X: 8 cores, 16 threads, 16MB L3, 3.6GHz to 4GHz, $499 ₹41,000
- Ryzen 7 1700X: 8 cores, 16 threads, 16MB L3, 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz, $399 ₹31,900
- Ryzen 7 1700: 8 cores, 16 threads, 16MB L3, 3GHz to 3.7GHz, $329 ₹25,300
- Ryzen 5 1600X: 6 cores, 12 threads, 16MB L3, 3.6GHz to 4GHz, $249 ₹18,199*
- Ryzen 5 1600: 6 cores, 12 threads, 16MB L3, 3.2GHz to 3.6GHz, $219 ₹15,799*
- Ryzen 5 1500X: 4 cores, 8 threads, 16MB L3, 3.5GHz to 3.7GHz, $189 ₹13,799*
- Ryzen 5 1400: 4 cores, 8 threads, 8MB L3, 3.2GHz to 3.4GHz, $169 ₹12,199*
*Local Taxes including VAT extra
There are some intriguing options there. The Ryzen 5 1600X has two fewer cores than the Ryzen 7 1800X, but it's clocked the same and costs half the price at $249.
The Ryzen 5 1500X is also an interesting product. It's a quad-core part with a 100MHz faster base and 100MHz slower boost than the Ryzen 7 1700X, and also around half the price ($189 versus $399). The 1500X also has 16MB L3 cache and a 200MHz XFR range, more than any other Ryzen CPU to date.
That means the Ryzen 5 CPUs are all using the same die as the Ryzen 7, just with fewer cores. They support AMD's Extended Frequency Range (XFR) technology, which means they'll clock even higher than their boost specs in some situations, and they feature other Ryzen highlights such as Precision Boost and Smart Prefetch.
AMD's Ryzen 5 processors also come with unlocked multipliers, just as the Ryzen 7 lineup does. One thing we don't know, however, is how well they'll actually overclock. They might overclock a bit higher than the 3.9-4.0GHz we managed with Ryzen 7. However, given all the parts are using the same die it sounds like they might clock 100-200MHz higher at most.
To drive the point home, AMD says its Ryzen 5 1600X is up to 69 percent faster than Intel's Core i5-7600K (Kaby Lake) in Cinebench (multithreaded). Both are priced at $249. AMD's Cinebench claims have been pretty accurate up to this point, it's the gaming performance that is in question.
AMD counters that gaming performance will improve over time as developers start to take advantage of Ryzen's features, and it's worth mentioning that its AM4 platform is brand-spanking-new as well. As the platform matures, performance should improve. We're still awaiting additional BIOS/firmware/driver improvements.
With availability slated for April 11, we're excited to see how well the Ryzen 5 parts perform. Even if clockspeeds and gaming performance are a bit lower than Intel's CPUs, there's a lot to be said for a 6-core/12-thread part for half the price of the i7-6800K.
Disclaimer: Parts of this article have been taken from PCGamer