Following the trend started with its Ryzen 7, AMD has unveiled the details of its next family of processors for the consumer market. This time the market niche is more ambitious, according to AMD, there is twice as much demand for processors priced below $300 than on the high end.
The Ryzen 5 will hit the market to compete directly with the Intel Core i5 for price, and even with several Core i7 models in performance, putting the focus on high performance for the price you pay for them. Both players and creatives who do not require high performance are among their potential customers.
The number 3 next to Ryzen identifies that range defined by AMD as High Performance. Like the entire range of Ryzen processors, these chips come with the multiplier unlocked as standard, allowing anyone to overclock in a controlled and simple way. There is AMD application for it.
We also find in the Ryzen 5 the package of technologies and improvements that AMD baptizes as SenseMI, among them Precision Boost, Pure Power or XFR for some selected models.
The platform for this Ryzen 5 is the same as its older brothers: AM4. This non-split between sockets is one of the points in favor of the new Ryzen, since AMD will maintain it for several generations, which would facilitate the updating of components even of different ranges, something more lioso now in Intel, who uses several Sockets.
Ryzen 5: Four and six cores to compete with Intel Core i5
The Ryzen 5 family consists of 4 and 6 core chips with 8 and 12 wires respectively. Regarding the models already revealed by AMD in the presentation of Ryzen, there is some interesting news.
|DENOMINATION||NUCLEI||THREADS||BASE FREQUENCY||FREQUENCY BOOST||CACHÉ L3||TDP||PRICE|
|Ryzen 5 1600X||6||12||3.6 GHz||4 GHz||16 MB||95||$ 249|
|Ryzen 5 1600||6||12||3.2 GHz||3.6 GHz||16 MB||95||$ 219|
|Ryzen 5 1500X||4||Referring to Fig.||3.5 GHz||3.7 GHz||16 MB||65||$ 189|
|Ryzen 5 1400||4||Referring to Fig.||3.2 GHz||3.4 GHz||8 MB||65||$ 169|
In the Ryzen family 5 the star model is the Ryzen 5 1600X, chip that offers six cores and 12 threads with a base frequency of 3.6 Ghz and Boost mode of 4 Ghz. Its direct price rival looks like Intel Core i5’s 7000 series; although in Intel’s case, it’s neither 6-core nor multi-core. To find models with up to 8 threads you have to climb the range above $300, with the Core i7 4/8.
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If we focus on the new Core i5 7600k, this chip offers four cores (and 4 threads) at a base frequency of 3.8 Ghz and Turbo of 4 Ghz, all for about $250. According to AMD, providing data of Cinebench R15, its Ryzen 5 1600X surpasses this Core i5 of similar price in 69%.
Below that reference model would be the version without the x that marks in Ryzen to the models that incorporate XFR. The Ryzen 5 1600 also offers 6 cores and 12 threads at 3.2 / 3.6 Ghz.
The Ryzen 5 family also includes models that offer the user four cores and up to 8 threads. These teams will be priced below $200. They are Ryzen 5 1400 (3.2 / 3.4 GHz) and Ryzen 5 1500X (3.5 / 3.7 Ghz).
Ryzen 5, price and availability
AMD had already anticipated that the new Ryzen 5 would arrive in the Q2 of this same year. It will be, but sooner than expected. The entire Ryzen 5 family of which I have told you details can be purchased globally from next April 11.
The official prices of the new Ryzen 5 depart from the $169 that will cost the model 1400X, with the 1500X for $189, the Ryzen 5 1600 for $219 and finally, the $249 to be disbursed to be made with one of the Ryzen 5 1600X.