Retailers Begin Selling AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs 3 Weeks Ahead Of Official Launch


AMD's mainstream Ryzen 5 family of CPUs don't officially launch until April 11th but it seems not all retailers have gotten the memo. Retailers worldwide have already begun receiving shipments of Ryzen 5 processors and a few resellers in Europe have actually started selling the chips.

A few lucky individuals have managed to walk into their local retailers and grab Ryzen 5 processors, they then proceeded to post pictures of their new purchases. A few have even promised to benchmark their CPUs and publish the results within the next few days.

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If you've been waiting all this time for the Ryzen 5 chips to finally land and you're still not sure if you should pull the trigger, it seems that you may very well get a pretty good idea of how these chips are going to perform well before the official April 11th launch date.

AMD Ryzen 5 Family - 6 & 4 Core CPUs In The Sweet-Spot $249-$169 Range

To date the company has officially unveiled four different Ryzen 5 processors that will debut April 11. The flagship of the Ryzen 5 family is a six core, twelve thread CPU with a 3.6GHz base clock and a 4.0GHz boost clock. It's called the Ryzen 5 1600X and you can think of it as the 1800X's mainstream alternative. With the highest clock speeds in the Ryzen 5 lineup and just $10 over the i5 7600K, the 1600X is poised to be a great performing gaming chip.

The next chip in line is the Ryzen 5 1600. This SKU also features six cores and twelve threads like the 1600X and the same amount of cache. The only difference is its lower clock speeds of 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz boost.  With an unlocked multiplier for overclocking and a $219 price tag this CPU represents incredible value.

The Ryzen 5 Quad Cores - 8 Threads For As Little As $169

Next in the lineup s the Ryzen 5 1500X and the Ryzen 5 1400. Both of these chips are 4 core, 8 thread parts with unlocked multipliers for overclocking, just like all other Ryzen chips. The Ryzen 5 1400 is the most affordable Ryzen CPU AMD has announced to date. At $169 this chip will compete with Intel's lowest end i5 chips whilst offering overclockablity and 8 threads as compared to 4, which should prove very attractive for gamers on a budget.

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AMD's quad core flagship chip is the 1500X. Which features a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 3.7GHz, 300MHz higher than the 1400, with similar clock speeds to AMD's high-end Ryzen 7 1700X, exactly half the CPU cores and half the price ($189 vs $399) you can think of the 1500X as a Ryzen 7 1700X chopped in half.

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
Which Ryzen 5 CPU are you most interested in ?