AMD Ryzen 5 Processors Unveiled, 4 and 6-Core Chips As Low As $169 Target Intel Core i5 And i3
After a prolonged development cycle and strategic build-up that got many enthusiasts worked into a frenzy, AMD launched its Ryzen 7 family of processors based on the company’s Zen microarchitecture a couple of short weeks ago. We’ve got the full scoop on Ryzen 7 available for you right here if you missed the news as it broke.
A couple of details regarding the mainstream Ryzen 5 family were also revealed during the Ryzen 7 launch, but today we’ve got lots of additional details to share and can tell you about AMD's entire Ryzen 5 processor line-up.
Unlike the Ryzen 7 series, which consists entirely of 8-core / 16-thread processors, the Ryzen 5 family has two tiers consisting of 6-core / 12-thread and 4-core / 8-thread processors. The entry-level part in the line-up is the Ryzen 5 1400. The Ryzen 5 1400 is a 4-core, 8-thread machine with base and turbo clocks of 3.2GHz and 3.4GHz, respectively. The Ryzen 5 1500X has the same quad-core configuration, but with base and turbo clocks of 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz. Ryzen 5 1500X also has support for an extended XFR frequency range of up to 3.9GHz (+200MHz over the max, all-core turbo frequency), but XFR details for the other processors in the line-up weren’t disclosed.
Next up the stack is the Ryzen 5 1600. The 1600 is a 6-core / 12-thread processor, with 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz boost clocks. And at the top of the stack is the Ryzen 5 1600X – which has a similar 6-core configuration – but cranks things up even further to 3.6GHz / 4.0GHz. With XFR, the absolute maximum frequency for all of the Ryzen 5 processors will be somewhat higher, but we’re still waiting on the specifics from AMD.
AMD’s Ryzen 5 processor line-up will work with the very same AM4 platform as the higher-end Ryzen 7. While the X370 chipset was most often highlighted during the Ryzen 7 launch, AMD expects Ryzen 5 to be paired to the lower-priced B350 most often. In actuality, the two chipsets are very similar; the B350 simply has a different PCIe configuration and doesn’t offer support for multi-GPU configurations. Overclocking is still supported, however, which is ideal for tweakers on a budget, because all Ryzen 5 series processors are unlocked, just like their higher-end counterparts.
Most Ryzen 5 processors sold at retail will also include AMD Wraith coolers. The 65W Ryzen 5 1400 will ship with a Wraith Stealth, while the Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600, which are also 65W processors, will include a Wraith Spire. Note, however, that these coolers do-not feature built-in RBG light rings. Only the AMD Wraith coolers included with Ryzen 7 processors have the built in lighting. And like the high-end Ryzen 7 1800X, the 95W Ryzen 5 1600X will ship without a bundled cooler. AMD figures enthusiasts are most likely going to use aftermarket coolers anyway, so the company decided against including one in the box.
AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su And CVP World Wide Marketing John Taylor Talk Ryzen 5