After struggling for years to compete against Intel in the high-end CPU market, AMD aims to outpace itself with its new lineup – Ryzen. It boost the company well for at least the next couple of generations. By the time, AMD just after releasing its first generation Ryzen processors in a few weeks in April 11, to be exact, AMD’s Ryzen 5 series will be launched in the market.
AMD Ryzen 5 Processors Detailed, Launching April 11
Ryzen 5 series processors will be available in 4 types, to choose. With two 4-core/8-thread CPU’s and two 6-core/12-thread ones. The first batch of Ryzen 7 will be affordable chips compared to rival Intel’s chips with similar performance chips. Higher-end chips, will sport simultaneous multi-threading (SMT), more commonly known as Hyper-Threading in Intel terms. While AMD’s Ryzen 5 processors have fewer cores than its Ryzen 7 series counterpart, they’re all clocked at whopping 3.2GHz or higher clock speed.
Here’s a rundown detailing prices of Ryzen CPU’s:
Ryzen 7 1800X: 8 cores, 16 threads, 16MB L3, 3.6GHz to 4GHz, $499
Ryzen 7 1700X: 8 cores, 16 threads, 16MB L3, 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz, $399
Ryzen 7 1700: 8 cores, 16 threads, 16MB L3, 3 GHz to 3.7GHz, $329
Ryzen 5 1600X: 6 cores, 12 threads, 16MB L3, 3.6GHz to 4GHz, $249
Ryzen 5 1600: 6 cores, 12 threads, 16MB L3, 3.2GHz to 3.6GHz, $219
Ryzen 5 1500X: 4 cores, 8 threads, 16MB L3, 3.5GHz to 3.7GHz, $189
Ryzen 5 1400: 4 cores, 8 threads, 8MB L3, 3.2GHz to 3.4GHz, $169
One difference in Ryzen 5 1600X is it has two fewer cores than the Ryzen 7 1800X, but it’s clocked the same and costs half the price at $249. The Ryzen 5 1500X is a quad-core CPU with a 100MHz faster base and 100MHz slower boost than the Ryzen 7 1700X, plus half the price ($189 versus $399). 1500X also has 16MB L3 cache and a 200MHz XFR range, more than any other Ryzen CPU to date.
The 1500X also includes a full 16MB L3 cache, with two cores in each CCX module active, while the 1500 has half the L3 cache disabled as well. The Ryzen 5 1600X has a 95W TDP. The other three are 65W. A AMD shared details that the 6-core Ryzen CPUs have symmetrically disabled cores, so three cores in each chip remain active, using their 16MB L3 cache.
All it means Ryzen 5 CPUs are all using the same die as the Ryzen 7, except with fewer cores and higher clock speeds. They support AMD’s Extended Frequency Range (XFR) technology. Which means they’ll clock even higher than their boost specs in some situations, featuring AMD’s Precision Boost and Smart Prefetch.
AMD’s Ryzen 5 processors also come with unlocked multipliers, just as the Ryzen 7 lineup does. One thing we don’t know, however, is how well they’ll actually overclock. They might overclock a bit higher than the 3.9-4.0GHz we managed with Ryzen 7. However, given all the parts are using the same die it sounds like they might clock 100-200MHz higher at most.