AMD Ryzen 5 Processors Will Launch on April 1

Posted by at 7:54 am on March 15, 2017

AMD has confirmed the launch date and specifications of their new Ryzen 5 series processors. Targeting the mainstream market, these processors will be available on 11th April and will be available in various SKUs.

The AMD Ryzen 5 processors will consist of several 6 and 4 core options with SMT enabled. These chips will range from $169 US based models up to $249 US top 6 core model. The launch of Ryzen 5 CPUs will come a month after AMD unleashed Ryzen 7 enthusiast chips to enthusiasts and high-performance users around the globe.

Ryzen 5 series processors will be aimed at mainstream users and gamers who are building a PC without spending so much on the components. The CPUs will cost less than the Ryzen 7 series but will still deliver good performance at increased efficiency.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is the fastest 6 core model. This model will have clocks of 3.6 GHz base and 4.0 GHz boost. The 1600X processor will feature a TDP of 95W. This chip is going to be priced at $249 US which is just under $10 higher than the Core i5 7600K which AMD wants it to compete with.

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X

The Ryzen 5 1500X will be the fastest 4 core, 8 thread chip. The clock speeds for the chip will be rated at 3.5 GHz base and 3.7 GHz boost. The Ryzen 5 1600X processor will tackle the Core i5 7600K, the Ryzen 5 PRO 1600 will tackle the Core i5 7600 (non-K) and the Ryzen 5 1500 will tackle the Core i5 7500 (non-K). The AMD Ryzen 5 1400X will compete against the Core i5 7400 (non-K) chip.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X vs Core i5 7600K AMD’s Official Benchmarks – 69% Better Multi-Thread

Performance numbers for the flagship 6 core are just amazing in the sense that they beat out the similar priced Core i5 7600K from Intel by 69% in multithreaded tests. Kaby Lake foes have an advantage in single-threaded performance thanks to higher clock speeds. But even gaming is now moving on to multithreaded programming tactics. As a long  term buy AMD’s future may be brighter. Then there is the price. Intel is asking $242 US for a quad core, non-hyperthreaded chip while AMD is asking $249 US for a hexa core, hyperthreaded chip.

AMD Ryzen 5 Series Processor Lineup

AMD Ryzen CPU Model Cores/Threads Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP Socket Price
Ryzen 5 1600X 6/12 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 16 MB 95W AM4 $249 US
Ryzen 5 1500 6/12 3.2 GHz 3.6 GHz 16 MB 95W AM4 $219 US
Ryzen 5 1500X 4/8 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz 16 MB 65W AM4 $189 US
Ryzen 5 1400X 4/8 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz 8 MB 65W AM4 $169 US
Ryzen 5 1300 4/8 3.2 GHz 3.5 GHz 8 MB 65W AM4 $149 US

The Ryzen 5 CPU will  ship on 11th April. The new processors will be fully geared at the AM4 platforms based on X370, B350 and A320 chipsets.

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