AMD is all set to release four tiers of AMD Ryzen 5 chips which will feature six cores and 8 threads on April 11. The cost will be half the price compared to Intel’s high-end processors.
AMD Unveils Ryzen 5 CPUs, Beats Intel’s Core i5 And Costs Half The Price
AMD will deliver on the promise of launching the Ryzen 5 processors in the second quarter: the first units of the line will officially hit the market on April 11. Suggested prices in the United States will range from $169 to $249.
Initially, there will be four models. The two most powerful are the Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1600 chips. Both have six cores with 12 threads and 16 MB L3 cache. But the Ryzen 5 1600X has 3.6 GHz clock speed (reaches 4 GHz in boost mode) and TDP of 95 W; Already the Ryzen 5 1600 works with 3.2 GHz (reaches 3.6 GHz in boost mode) and TDP of 65 W.
Next comes the Ryzen 5 1500X, a quad-core with 8 threads, 3.5 GHz frequency (reaches 3.7 GHz in boost mode), 16 MB L3 and 65 W TDP. The Ryzen 5 1400 closes the list: it treats also a quad-core with eight threads and TDP of 65 W, but with clock speed of 3.2 GHz (reaches 3.4 GHz in boost mode) and 8 MB of L3 cache.
The Ryzen 5 1600 and 1500X processors will be shipped with the new Wraith Spire cooler, while the Ryzen 5 1400 will feature Wraith Stealth, a cooler with a less powerful (but chip-fitted) cooler. Contrary to popular belief, the Ryzen 5 1600X will have no cooler in its packaging, as it does with the Ryzen 7 1800X and 1700X.
We already know that the Ryzen 5 line will directly rival Core i5 chips from Intel. AMD firmly states that its processors are faster than the competitor’s counterparts. Earlier this month, the company even revealed that the Ryzen 5 1600X outperformed the Core i5 7600K in over 60% of multithreaded tests.
In the video below, AMD CEO Lisa Su emphasized that the new chips will be very good for gaming:
We’re just going to make sure the Ryzen 5 earn Core i5 when independent reviews are published (it will not be long), but one thing is certain: AMD processors are quite competitive in price.
- Ryzen 5 1600X: US $249
- Ryzen 5 1600: US $219
- Ryzen 5 1500X: US $189
- Ryzen 5 1400: US $169
It is worth mentioning that all Ryzen 5 will come unlocked from the factory, that will allow any user to overclock them (as long as a suitable motherboard and a good cooling system for this is used). This is especially true for models with “X” in the name, which feature a feature called XFR (Extended Frequency Range) that allows higher frequencies to be achieved in overclocking.
AMD has not reported release date of Ryzen 3, which will come to face the Intel Core i3. But earlier this month, the company had already said it intends to launch them in the second half.
If we take into account that AMD should also launch Vega GPUs in the coming months, 2017 has everything to be a busy year for gamers on call or for those who simply want to switch PCs. However, there is still no availability information for the Ryzen 5 line in India is available for now. But, we hope AMD will not take a longer time to release it in the Indian market.
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