AMD has released the Ryzen 5 series of desktop CPU after releasing the Ryzen 7 series in February. The Ryzen 5 series currently includes four models, two of which are 6-core and the rest 4-core.
Product Line Model Cores Threads Base Clock (GHz) Boost Clock (GHz) XFR Clock (GHz) Include Cooler TDP1(W​atts) Price Sep (USD)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 12 3.6 4.0 4.1 N/A 95 $249
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 6 12 3.2 3.6 3.7 Wraith Spire 65 $219
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 4 8 3.5 3.7 3.9 Wraith Spire 65 $189
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 4 8 3.2 3.4 3.45 Wraith Stealth 65 $169
The chip features the same base and boost clock as its $499 bigger brother the 1800X. Additionally, while pricing has not been announced yet, AMD’s Jim Anderson head of the Computing and Graphics division did confirm that the Ryzen 5 family will slot in between $299-$199. So we know that this chip will definitely come in below $300.
This means that buyers will be able to get a 6-core, 12-thread CPU with the same clock speed as the 1800X and 75% of the multi-threaded performance for nearly half the price. And again, because the clock speeds are identical we’re bound to see a significantly smaller delta in gaming performance between the two chips. Which explains why the 1600X has been a favorite since its announcement among many DIY builders and gamers looking to upgrade.


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