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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Review

After years of anticipating their launch, it is onerous for me to consider that AMD’s Zen-based Ryzen CPUs solely arrived a month in the past. Frankly, I’ve by no means seen a lot drama unfold so rapidly within the tech neighborhood — what an thrilling time to be a PC fanatic!

As we start to recuperate from the curler coaster trip that was Ryzen 7, we now have Ryzen 5 to deal with. Getting the ball rolling, AMD has introduced 4 fashions in its extra inexpensive sequence, together with a pair of six-core CPUs in addition to two quad-core fashions.

The 1600X is configured equally to the Core i7-6800Ok and stands because the flagship of AMD’s Ryzen 5 household, boasting six cores and 12 threads with a base clock frequency of three.6GHz and a lift velocity of as much as 4GHz. Like all Ryzen CPUs, the 1600X is unlocked, however we would not essentially anticipate to squeeze far more out of the inventory settings given what we have seen from Ryzen 7.

AMD says the 1600X shall be virtually 70% sooner than the Core i5-7600Ok when measuring multi-threaded efficiency in Cinebench, although that is not an enormous shock contemplating the Ryzen half has two extra cores plus eight threads.

Alongside the 1600X is a second six-core half referred to as the 1600, which comes downclocked by 400MHz however is nonetheless fully unlocked. As was the case once we reviewed the 1700X and 1700, it is probably that the 1600 shall be a a lot better purchase than the 1600X. Nonetheless, we solely have the 1600X available for at the moment’s testing.

The 1500X and 1400 characterize AMD’s new four-core/eight-thread Ryzen 5 components and these come clocked even decrease out of the field. The 1500X operates at a base clock of three.5GHz with a lift of three.7GHz and the 1400 runs at three.2GHz however can enhance to three.4GHz (and once more, each are unlocked).

For these questioning, the 1500X and 1600 will ship with the Wraith Spire cooler whereas the 1400 comes with the smaller Wraith Stealth cooler. Sadly, we solely have one quad-core mannequin available for evaluation and that is the higher-clocked 1500X.

Worth-wise, the 1600X is ready at $250 alongside the Core i5-7600Ok, although we suspect you might be higher off shopping for the usual 1600 for $30 much less at $220. Of us looking for a sub-$200 Ryzen 5 chip have the 1500X and 1400 to choose from at $190 and $170, costs that compete with lower-end (locked) Core i5s and higher-end Core i3s such because the $170 unlocked 7350Ok, which we all know to be horrible worth.

By the way in which issues look on paper, the Ryzen 5 1400 ought to have Intel’s whole Kaby Lake-based Core i3 vary begging for mercy whereas the locked Core i5 fashions needs to be equally if no more rattled.

Within the first of what is going to probably be many write-ups about Ryzen 5, we’ll be pitting the 1500X towards the locked Core i5-7500 and the 1600X towards the unlocked 7600Ok. The Core i7-7700Ok, 6900Ok and 1800X shall be included purely for comparability’s sake, and though we’ve not had time so as to add outcomes for the six-core 6800Ok, we predict it is pointless anyway. Given Ryzen’s pricing scheme, Broadwell-E could be thought-about a write-off at this level.

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