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AMD Ryzen 5 Mainstream Processors Confirmed For April 11th Launch – 6 Core Ryzen 5 1600X To Cost $249, 4 Core Ryzen 5 1500X To Cost $189


AMD has confirmed the launch date and specifications of their new Ryzen 5 series processors. Aiming at the mainstream market, these processors will be available on 11th April and will be available in various SKUs.

AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Lineup Officially Launching on 11th April - Feature 6 Core and 4 Core Processors For Mainstream Users

The AMD Ryzen 5 processors will consist of several 6 and 4 core options with SMT enabled. These chips will range from $169 US based models up to $249 US top 6 core model. The launch of Ryzen 5 CPUs will come a month after AMD unleashed Ryzen 7 enthusiast chips to enthusiasts and high-performance users around the globe.

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Ryzen 5 series processors will be aimed at mainstream users and gamers who are building a PC without spending so much on the components. The CPUs will cost less than the Ryzen 7 series but will still deliver good performance at increased efficiency.

AMD Ryzen 5 Series CPUs – Fastest AMD Ryzen 5 1600X With 6 Cores, 12 Threads and Ryzen 5 With 4 Cores, 8 Threads

As mentioned earlier, AMD Ryzen 5 series will be a mix of 6 core and 4 core models with SMT. The Ryzen 5 series will include the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X which is the fastest 6 core model. This model will have clocks of 3.6 GHz base and 4.0 GHz boost. The 1600X processor will feature a TDP of 95W. This chip is going to be priced at $249 US which is just under $10 higher than the Core i5 7600K which AMD claims is it's main competitor.

Rest of the lineup includes the Ryzen 5 PRO 1600, Ryzen 5 1500, Ryzen 5 PRO 1500, Ryzen 5 1400X, Ryzen 5 PRO 1400, Ryzen 5 1300 and the Ryzen 5 PRO 1300.

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The Ryzen 5 1500X will be the fastest 4 core, 8 thread chip. The clock speeds for the chip will be rated at 3.5 GHz base and 3.7 GHz boost. The Ryzen 5 1600X processor will tackle the Core i5 7600K, the Ryzen 5 PRO 1600 will tackle the Core i5 7600 (non-K) and the Ryzen 5 1500 will tackle the Core i5 7500 (non-K). The AMD Ryzen 5 1400X will compete against the Core i5 7400 (non-K) chip.

AMD Ryzen 5 Series Processor Lineup:

AMD Ryzen CPU ModelCores/ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockL3 CacheTDPPrice
Ryzen 5 1600X6/123.6 GHz4.0 GHz16 MB95W$249 US
Ryzen 5 16006/123.2 GHz3.6 GHz16 MB95W$219 US
Ryzen 5 1500X4/83.5 GHz3.7 GHz8 MB65W$189 US
Ryzen 5 14004/83.2 GHz3.4 GHz8 MB65W$169 US

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X vs Core i5 7600K Official Benchmarks - 69% Better Multi-Thread Performance Against Competition

Performance numbers for the flagship 6 core are just amazing in the sense that they beat out the similar priced Core i5 7600K from Intel by 69% in multithreaded tests. Sure, Kaby Lake will have an advantage in single-threaded performance due to higher clock speeds but Ryzen comes with some decent multi-thread potential. The difference lies in the price. Intel is asking $242 US for a quad core, non-hyperthreaded chip while AMD is asking $249 US for a hexa core, hyperthreaded chip.

The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X will also arrive on 11th April along with the rest of the Ryzen 5 lineup. It will be a very disruptive chip in the mainstream gaming market, bringing high-performance CPU performance to a mass majority of gamers building powerful PCs for themselves. The new processors will be fully geared at the AM4 platforms based on X370, B350 and A320 chipsets. Expect more details on performance of the quad core and hexa core variants in the coming weeks.