The entry-level part in the line-up is the Ryzen 5 1400.
The Ryzen 5 1400 is in a similar position. Today’s tested product is to deliver, per CPU core, more than 40 percent improvement in instructions per clock cycle over the previous generation cores and will come to market first in an 8-cores, 16-threads system-on-chip for desktops, and that my friends is Summit Ridge. So, while the Ryzen 7 series was marketed to high end users, the Ryzen 3 is looking to give budget users a taste of the new processor from AMD.
There are some intriguing options there. Both of them have SMT enabled, but the 1600X has a 3.6GHz base clock and a 4GHz Boost, while the 1600 has a 3.2GHz base clock and a 3.6GHz boost. “All of us at Bethesda are excited about working with AMD to keep evolving the premium performance that Ryzen offers”. The 1600X will come with a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and 4.0 GHz boost.
The Ryzen 5 processors have either four cores or six cores and either eight threads or 12 threads. 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. We’ll be validating (again) with thermocouples in the near future, which can be helpful for determining deltas between different CPU states and the software used to measure them. The step up 1500X, meanwhile, operates at a base clock speed of 3.5 GHz and boosts up to 3.7 GHz. The hexacores are carved out of two CCX complexes operating the full 16MB of cache, connected by AMD’s Infinity Fabric – essentially your standard Summit Ridge design, only with two cores disabled. The main difference between Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs are is the core count.
Once more AMD are aiming to provide a seriously disruptive price/performance ratio into the CPU market.
It should be noted that even though the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is a bit more expensive than the Intel i5-7600K, the 1600X is still superior as it offers six cores instead of four. This particular model is priced at $249.
“For PC gamers, the message is decidedly mixed”.
“MSI is very pleased to see overwhelming demand of the Ryzen-based X370 Xpower Gaming Titanium and B350 Tomahawk motherboard”.
Nevertheless, the company acknowledged that some performance issues will continue to crop up in the short term among applications that were not designed with the Ryzen architecture in mind and haven’t been optimized to utilize the new processor’s topology as efficiently as possible. That attitude is consistent with PC Perspective’s take that there will be “no silver bullet” for improving Ryzen performance. We’re still awaiting additional BIOS/firmware/driver improvements. Each of the CPUs are unlocked for overclocking.
Other than niggles about gaming performance, reviews have been largely positive for the top-shelf Ryzen 7 chips. Note that unlike the Ryzen 7 boxed coolers, the Ryzen 5 coolers will not include LED lighting. The company had previously announced a Q2 2017 target for the launch of Ryzen 5, and there is now a specific date: April 11. We now do not have the answer to this.