After the successful launch of the high end of their new processor architecture Zen, along with the Ryzen 7 cores, AMD just introduced the Ryzen 5 processors that will form their mid-range, with two models that have six cores and another two models with four cores, all of them with the SMT enabled. The most outstanding part of the launch has been knowing that these new Ryzen 5’s will be released April 11th and that the highest price will be less than $250.
Following the launch of the Ryzen 7 processors, AMD has now launched the new Ryzen 5 processors which will become the mid-price range product of this new series of processors, placing them at a price that will put them in direct competition with the Intel i5 and i3 processors. In principle four processor models are launched, of which two have six cores and the other two, only four, indicating that they have one of the CCX’s disabled. All of them have the SMT activated, which gives a total of twelve thread processes for the six core models and eight threads for the four core models.
Of course, all of the processors will come with unlocked cores and their ability to overclock will heavily depend on the chipset of the motherboard that you buy, given that you already know that the X370 and B350 chipsets support overclocking but not the A320. Given that until now all that we’ve seen are the motherboards with the X370 chipset, something tells me that with these new processors we will start seeing the motherboards with the B350 chipset and we will be able to know how this new chipset renders.
The two six-core processors are made up of:
- Ryzen 5 1600X: Base speed 3.6 GHz, Turbo Core speed 4.0 GHz. XFR allows to reach 4.2 GHz. The TDP is 95 W.
- Ryzen 5 1600: base speed of 3.2 GHz, Turbo Core speed of 3.6 GHz. XFR allows to reach the 3.7 GHz. The TDP is of 65 W.
On the other hand, the four-core processors are:
- Ryzen 5 1500X: base speed of 3.5 GHz, Turbo Core speed of 3.7 GHz. XFR allows to reach up to 3.9 GHz. The TDP is of 65 W.
- Ryzen 5 1500: Base speed 3.2 GHz, Turbo Core speed 3.4 GHz. XFR allows to reach up to 3.5 GHz. The TDP is 65 W.
The greatest improvement that we will see with these new processors is the increase of available power the XFR has in the high-end in each sub-series that, that goes from 100 MHz that we’ve already seen in the Ryzen 7’s to the 200 MHz that we will see in the new Ryzen 5’s. Something that, if you think about it, is logical given that the number of cores is less which means it won’t heat up as much and the thermal maneuverability of the processor will be better.
Let’s talk about prices now, for which I’m going to put the table that I made at the time, conveniently updated with the latest data that we had at each date.
The price of the Ryzen 5’s is again VERY competitive, especially in the case of the R5 1600 given that it allows us to have a processor which has six cores and twelve threads compared to it’s Intel equivalent, the i5 7600K which has 4 cores and 4 threads. It’s true that the Intel processor has a much higher operating frequency (at 600 MHz) but in multithreaded applications, the AMD processor will be the processor that does the impossible as we have seen with the R7 models.
The case of the R5 1400 is also interesting, the entry-level processor for the Ryzen 5 processors, the price is even with the Core i3 7320, but in this case we are comparing a four core processor with eight threads to one that has two cores and four threads. And although it’s base speed is quite superior (the i3 series doesn’t have Turbo Boost in it’s cores), I think that few can doubt which of the two will be the better processor for playing or any other activity. And, of course, keep in mind that the Intel processor’s multiplier is blocked, which it isn’t the case with AMD.
Finally let’s talk about the computer fans.
The new Ryzen 5 processors will carry the already-known Wraith Spire cooler for its 1600 and 1500X models, while the 1400, being the least powerful model in this range, must settle for the Wraith Stealth cooler. The top model of the range, the 1600X will not have a cooler in the box, as is the case with the R7 1800X and 1700X. Of course, none of these coolers will come with LED lighting.
With all this said, the reality is that the market that sells the most is the average range between 200 and 300 € and, in my opinion, AMD has managed to position these new Ryzen 5 very well in comparison to its rival Intel, offering more cores and many more processing threads than the blue team. Many analysts have already commented that having Ryzen means a greater number of threads working, while playing, despite not providing as many FPS as higher speed models, and is much smoother, this is something that is going to be a lot more prevalent with the new Ryzen 5. Although we can know all this and much more for sure when it arrives on April 11, which is the date that AMD has marked to start the sale to the public.