AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 Core / 12 Thread CPU Review With ASRock X370 Killer SLI AM4 Motherboard

Apr 11, 2017


AMD Ryzen 5 1600X + ASRock X370 Killer SLI

April 2017
Type Processor + Motherboard
Price $249.99 US + $144.99 US

Test Setup

For testing, we used the latest AMD Ryzen 5 1600X processor which I had acquired with the help of ASRock. The sample is retail ready and not an “ES” chip. Our review is based purely on facts and precision testing.

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We also updated our test rig for the AMD AM4 platform review which is listed in the table below:

ASRock X370 Killer SLI and Ryzen 5 1600X Test Setup:

Processor:AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
Intel Core i7-6900K
Intel Core i7-6850K
Intel Core i7-6800K
Intel Core i7-7700K
Intel Core i5-7600K
AMD FX-8350
Motherboard:ASRock X370 Killer SLI AC w/Ryzen 5 1600X
Gigabyte GA-990FX-UD7 w/FX-8350
Gigabyte AORUS Z270X-Gaming 8 w/Core i7-7700K
Gigabyte AORUS Z270X-Gaming 8 w/Core i5-7600K
Gigabyte GA-X99-UD7 w/Core i7-6800K
Gigabyte GA-X99-UD7 w/Core i7-6850K
Gigabyte GA-X99-UD7 w/Core i7-6900K
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750X Gold Plus
Solid State Drive:Samsung SSD 960 EVO M.2 (500 GB)
Hard Disk:Seagate Barracuda 3 TB 7200.12
Memory:G.SKILL Trident Z RGB Series 32GB (4 X 8GB) CL16 3600 MHz
Case:Corsair Graphite Series 780T Full Tower
Video Cards:ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti OC
Cooling Solutions:Cryorig R1 Ultimate
OS:Windows 10 64-bit Anniversary Edition

I would personally like to thank G.Skill for arranging a stunning DDR4 memory kit for this review. They shipped us TridentZ RGB series memory. The memory kit comprises of 4 DIMMs that operate in dual channel mode, ideal for our X370 board tests. The memory is clocked at 3600 MHz but we maxed out at 2933 MHz since this is the highest clock rate supported on the X370 Killer SLI AC. Clock timing is set at 16 and the capacity is 32 GB for this specific kit.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 4.1 GHz Overclock on ASRock X370 Killer SLI AC

AMD’s Ryzen chips are generally not great for overclocking purposes as the chips max out with just a 200-300 MHz increase on the default clocks. Here, we overclocked the chip to 4.1 GHz (bus speed = 100 MHz x 41.0 multiplier) using a voltage of 1.388V. The results were stable after testing in Prime95 as a stability run.

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