AMD's Ryzen has not brought the price wars we all wanted/needed
- Author: Essie Rivera Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 0:43
The $359 hexa-core AMD Ryzen 5 1600X processor is here to challenge Intel's quad-core, $350 Core i5-7600K for the honour of being "The People's CPU". Sure enough, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. aka AMD, the well-known American multinational semiconductor company from Sunnyvale, CA had an announcement for you, which if you have missed, we are here to present that.
This is significant because, for AMD, this is a multi-threading numbers game. Featuring Prey, A 2017 released video game developed on CryEngine, the Ryzen 5 seems to be flawless for video games. However, AMD has really nailed its performance/price ratio.
The AMD Ryzen 5 line for desktops now has four processors, each appealing to certain budget constraints.
If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, AMD also offers the Ryzen 5 1600 at $219 (£219, AU$319).
As the B350 boards aims to serve a more mainstream audience, you'll also likely find fewer power phases and smaller heatsinks on some models.
The one of most interest to us is the Ryzen 5 1600X. The fact is that week after week Ryzen processor performance has been increasing thanks to BIOS updates and software optimizations. The 1600X will have a 95W TDP, the 1500X sits at 65 Watts. Although the Core i5-7600K is probably now cheaper, AMD's equivalent boasts of 6 cores and 12 threads, whereas Intel's only has 4 cores and 4 threads.
All are based on the same die used in the upscale Ryzen 7 lineup we've already reviewed, but they have cores switched off. We've also since upgraded our graphics card from a Nvidia GTX 1080 to a Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti. However, don't expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution (read: liquid-nitrogen) and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level. Both allowing a TDP of 65 watt, the former features both XFR, and a Wraith Spire cooler, but the latter one is packed with an AMD Wraith Stealth cooler. With 6 overclockable cores and 12 threads, its competitor would be the $420 Core i7-6800K in a vacuum-but we don't live in a vacuum. AMD Ryzen 5 series processors include support for a number of additional instructions over previous generation products, as shown in the CPU-Z screen shots above.
AMD has the upper hand when it comes to comparing price and core count and there is still the AMD Ryzen 3 in the works which will be coming out sometime soon.
That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent mid-range chip, you'll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade X370 motherboard.
Another model by name Ryzen 5 1500X is a quad-core processor which has the ability to run eight threads. It's an affordable and powerful chip for everything the modern gamer and creative needs, with extra headroom to grow.