Here comes AMD’s Ryzen 5 CPUs
AMD today announced its full Ryzen 5 line-up, complete with pricing and availability details. Coming less than a month after the official unveiling of its Ryzen 7 processors, Ryzen 5 will take on Intel’s mainstream quad-core processors with stronger multi-threaded performance.
Ryzen 5 hones in on the sub-US$300 market, which AMD says is twice as large as the high-end segment. With up to 6-core/12-thread models in this price range, the company hopes to appeal to both content creators and gamers. At their heart however, they share the same silicon as their Ryzen 7 counterparts, and feature the same SenseMI technology like Pure Power, Precision Boost, and Extended Frequency Range (XFR).
AMD is releasing a total of four Ryzen 5 CPUs, which will hit the shelves worldwide on 11 April. Here’s an overview of the different SKUs and their local prices:
|CPU model||Cores / Threads||Base / Boost Clocks||Cooler included?||TDP||Pricing|
|Ryzen 5 1600X||6-core / 12-thread||3.6 / 4.0GHz||No||95W||S$359|
|Ryzen 5 1600||6-core / 12-thread||3.2 / 3.6GHz||Wrath Spire||65W||S$329|
|Ryzen 5 1500X||4-core / 8-thread||3.5 / 3.7GHz||Wrath Spire||65W||S$289|
|Ryzen 5 1400||4-core / 8-thread||3.2 / 3.4GHz||Wrath Stealth||65W||S$259|
The Ryzen 5 1600X and 1600 processors will be 6-core/12-thread parts that AMD says will give users a significant core and thread advantage for their price bracket. On the other hand, the cheaper Ryzen 5 1500X and 1400 chips will be 4-core/8-thread parts.
According to AMD, the Ryzen 5 1600X is up to 69 per cent faster than the 4-core/4-thread Intel Core i7-7600K in the multi-threaded Cinebench R15 benchmark. That Intel chip actually retails for around US$240, so it’s within the same price range as the Ryzen 5 1600X.
In that context, it’s clear that AMD is looking to press its multi-threaded advantage and appeal to content creators on a budget who require strong multi-core performance.
All the Ryzen 5 CPUs will also ship with unlocked multipliers for overclocking, but you’ll need an X370, B350, or X300 chipset AM4 motherboard to take advantage of that.
But while the Ryzen 7 processors shipped mostly shipped without AMD’s Wraith coolers (with the exception of the Ryzen 7 1700), all Ryzen 5 chips save the Ryzen 5 1600X will come bundled with a cooler.
The entry-level Ryzen 5 1400 will come with the Wraith Stealth cooler, while the Ryzen 5 1600 and 1500X will have the beefier Wraith Spire cooler. AMD’s reasoning is the same as with its Ryzen 7 chips – those who buy the flagship Ryzen 5 1600X are more likely to want to use more capable third-party cooling solutions, so there’s no need to include a cooler.
After Ryzen 5, AMD’s next act will be Ryzen 3, which the company says we can expect in the second half of the year.