AMD Ryzen 5 1600X And 1500X Processor Review: Affordable Zen Takes On Core i5

AMD Ryzen 5 - Cinebench R15, POV-Ray, Fluid Dynamics Tests

Cinebench R15 is a combination CPU and OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and can utilize any number of threads, which make is an excellent gauge of computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders and animates 3D scenes and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

3D Rendering Benchmark


Considering their relatively low-cost and high core counts, Ryzen 5 looks very strong here. The 1600X actually beats the Core i7-7700K and the Ryzen 5 1500X easily dispatches the Kaby Lake-based Core i5 processors.

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing Benchmark

POV-Ray , or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit images. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.

 pov ray

POV-Ray tells essentially the same story as Cinebench, though the numbers tilt even more in favor of Ryzen.

STARS Euler3d
Computational Fluid Dynamics

STARS Euler3d is a computational fluid dynamics benchmark which uses a CFD grid that contains 1.23 million tetrahedral elements and 223 thousand nodes. The benchmark executable advances a mach 0.50 Advisory Group for Aerospace Research, or AGARD, flow solution for an aeroelastic test wing. The benchmark score is reported as a CFD cycle frequency in Hertz.

This benchmark is multi-threaded, but is also dependent on platform bandwidth, so the final results are not determined by compute performance alone. Cache and memory bandwidth and latency affect the score as well...


The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X sandwich the Kaby Lake-based Core i5 processors once again. The 1600X's additional cores help it surge past the Core i5 processors and finish just behind the Core i7-7700K. The quad-core Ryzen 5 1500X, however, trailed the Core i5s.

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