AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 Core / 12 Thread CPU Review With ASRock X370 Killer SLI AM4 Motherboard
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X + ASRock X370 Killer SLIApril 2017
AMD AM4 Socket - Ryzen, Raven Ridge and Bristol Ridge CPU Support
AMD has replaced their older AM3 and AM3+ sockets with the new AM4 socket. This socket supports AMD Ryzen CPUs, Bristol Ridge APUs and the upcoming Raven Ridge APUs too.
The AM4 socket is featured on the AMD 300 series boards and will extend support to the Raven Ridge processors. The AM4 socket has a total of 1331 contact points for interfacing with Ryzen processors. There was a need to develop a new socket for Ryzen processors since the latter come with support for DDR4 memory and PCIe Gen 3.0 interface directly from the Ryzen chip. Following are all of the Ryzen processors that will be available for the AM4 platform:
AMD Ryzen Processor Lineup:
|AMD Ryzen CPU Model||Cores/Threads||Base Frequency Range||L3 Cache||TDP||Prices|
|Ryzen 7 1800X||8/16||3.6 / 4.0 GHz||16 MB||95W||$499 US|
|Ryzen 7 1700X||8/16||3.4 / 3.8 GHz||16 MB||95W||$399 US|
|Ryzen 7 1700||8/16||3.0 / 3.7 GHz||16 MB||65W||$329 US|
|Ryzen 5 1600X||6/12||3.6 / 4.0 GHz||16 MB||95W||$249 US|
|Ryzen 5 1600||6/12||3.2 / 3.6 GHz||16 MB||95W||$219 US|
|Ryzen 5 1500X||4/8||3.5 / 3.7 GHz||8 MB||65W||$189 US|
|Ryzen 5 1400||4/8||3.2 / 3.4 GHz||8 MB||65W||$169 US|
|Ryzen 5 1300||4/8||3.0 / 3.3 GHz||8 MB||65W||$149 US|
|Ryzen 3 1200X||4/4||3.4 / 3.8 GHz||8 MB||65W||$149 US|
|Ryzen 3 1100||4/4||3.2 / 3.5 GHz||8 MB||65W||$129 US|
Cooler Compatibility With the AM4 Socket
Since we are looking at a slightly bigger socket that measures 90mm x 54mm, the previous cooler mounting brackets from AM3+ will be non-compatible with AM4. This would require new brackets. Manufacturers in the cooling industry are now offering proper mounting brackets for Ryzen CPUs. Desktop builders who currently have an older AM3+ cooler can also grab the mounting kit for free.
While cooler manufacturers are offering their side of support, AMD has developed a family of new Wraith coolers that are available with the Ryzen processors. AMD has three new coolers that are optimized for a range of 95W and 65W Ryzen processors. These include the Wraith Max (95W), Wraith Spire (65W), Wraith Stealth (65W) coolers. All coolers operate with less noise while delivering good cooling potential. The fans also come with RGB lighting which looks gorgeous for a reference design cooler.